Match Preview 10.12
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North Texas SC vs Forward Madison Semifinal Match Preview | 10.12.19

FRISCO — USL League One Champions North Texas SC (17-6-5, (+22) 56 points) will host fourth place Forward Madison FC(12-9-7, (7) 43 points) at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 PM. This is the fifth edition of the self-titled rivalry “El Plastico.” Both teams won its two home matches, with Forward Madison winning the last match 1-0 in Wisconsin.

Current Form
North Texas FC will be looking forward to Madison’s visit. September was an excellent month for North Texas, winning four of their five games. The team has also rediscovered the home form that helped them run away with the league, winning the last three home matches by a combined score line of 11-0. Its only loss in the last six games was an away loss to Madison, and after recovering to end the season with a 3-1 victory, North Texas will be looking to get revenge and move onto the final

The Opponent
With a playoff spot on the line over the last few weeks of the season, Forward Madison found excellent forward and ended up easily clinching the final spot. Madison won three of the last five matches, including upsets over top seed North Texas and second seed Lansing Ignite. It will go to Toyota Stadium confident in their ability to get a result, having played well in recent travels, unbeaten in their last five road games.

Players to Watch
Both of North Texas’s home victories have been close affairs. They have scored in both games, and the second home victory was a coming out party for the man who would go on to win the USL League One Golden Boot, Ronaldo Damus. Damus has been clinical this season, scoring 16 goals on only 51 shots for a 31% conversation rate. His overall contribution has increased as the season has continued, and Damus has created 16 chances, including four key passes in his last three starts.

Forward Madison’s recipe for success has been a strong defense, and its last five victories have been 1-0 draws. One of their defensive lynchpins has been left back Christian Diaz. Diaz has started in all five of those victories and leads the team in interceptions, tackles, and tackles won. Diaz has also chipped in on the offensive side of the ball with 12 key passes and a goal over the course of the season.

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