Arlington, Texas (July 31, 2022) – North Texas SC (10-5-3, 34 points) beat Sporting KC II (7-10-2, 21 points) with two goals from Bernard Kamungo and one from José Mulato on Sunday night at Choctaw Stadium.
THE ROAD TO PRO
Jared Aguilar is the eighth FC Dallas Academy product to make his professional debut with North Texas SC. Academy players have played a total of 1,550 minutes in 35 appearances.
Midfielder Hope Avayevu recorded his seventh assist of the season with a long pass to Bernard Kamungo, tied for most in MLS NEXT Pro.
Forward Bernard Kamungo hit double-digit goals for the first time in his career with his 10th and 11th goals of the season, the fifth in MLS Next Pro. The 20-year-old scored six goals in 23 games during his 2021 rookie season.
FIRST HALF LEADS
North Texas SC is a perfect 8-0-0 in games it has led at halftime in 2022. The club is also 5-0-0 when it leads at halftime at Choctaw Stadium.
UP NEXT: NORTH TEXAS SC FACE PORTLAND TIMBERS 2 AWAY
North Texas SC will travel to face Portland Timbers 2 on Sunday, August 7 at 9 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium. North Texas picked up a 2-1 victory in the previous meeting on June 11 at Choctaw Stadium.
North Texas SC — Antonio Carrera; Collin Smith (Will Baker — 84′), Alejandro Araneda, Paul Amedume, Isaiah Parker; Jared Aguilar, Tomas Lacerda (Blake Pope — 78′), André Costa (Santiago Ferreira — 84′); Bernard Kamungo, José Mulato (Pablo Torre — 84′), Hope Avayevu (Luis Cardoso — 66′).
Substitutes not used — Felipe Carneiro, Chase Niece, Derek Waldeck, Tarik Scott.
Sporting KC II — Carlito Saylon; Matthew Fisher (Michael Lenis — 64′), Esai Ease, Jahon Rad, Spencer Glass (Collin Fernandez — 73′); Curtez Kellman, Jacob Davis, Edgar Bazan (Guy Michaeli — 65′); Josh Coan (Ryan Reid — 84′), Bakary Bagayoko, Joseph Tetteh (Nati Clarke — 73′).
Substitutes not used — Matthew Hudson, Kian Alberto, Nicholas Pendleton, Tijani Fatah.
NTX: Bernard Kamungo (Hope Avayevu) — 7′
NTX: José Mulato (André Costa) — 57′
NTX: Bernard Kamungo (Isaiah Parker) — 68′
NTX: Collin Smith (warning) — 35′
CSK: Curtez Kellman (caution) — 50′
NTX: André Costa (warned) — 61′
NTX: Tomas Lacerda (careful) — 72′
CSK: Guy Michaeli (watch out) — 82′
Assistant referees: Samuel Zamora (1), Jay Norris (2)
Fourth official: Emily Gomez
North Texas SC Postgame Quotes
General thoughts on the match…
“We started the game well, we started with the front foot and scored early. From there it was a bit of a game of chess, but we slowed down a bit. We saw the first half and we reacted well in the second half. After not winning four games, the boys may have been in their own head, but their mental focus and what they gave this week was fantastic. I’m very, very proud of the performance because it was a great team performance. And when you haven’t won, that’s what you’re looking for. We told them that today was very important and that we were working together as a group to end the month of July because it was not pleasant for us. Going through these adversities is great for their careers and for who they are too. This is what we try to teach them and these are the experiences they will learn from and improve upon.
On the professional debut of midfielder Jared Aguilar…
“We have trusted Aguilar since the first day we saw him. For us, it’s not your age that matters, it’s your responsibility. Because that’s what shows how mature you are. But also his understanding of the game. He’s a very mature player for his young age, he reads the game well, keeps it simple. He doesn’t try to complicate the game too much. We always knew what he had but given the circumstances, he never had an opportunity. But sometimes in the game you reject him. We believe in them and we know what they are capable of in football. For us as coaches, this is no surprise as we work with them every day. He is a very humble kid, he always lets his feet do the talking. Today he deserved to play and there was no reason to take him away because he was fantastic in midfield.
Midfielder Bernard Kamungo
General thoughts on the match…
“You could see the work put in by the team. We stuck together and were compact in the first and second half. Overall our performance was better compared to the last games we played.
On preparation for this game…
“Since Monday, when we started training, we got down to business. The team was tired of losing, so we kept pushing each other. Thanks to today’s game you can see the work and we are fighting.
By making his professional debut…
“At the start of the match, it was a bit difficult to adapt and to be on the pace. We remained calm on the ball and within the team. I was able to direct my teammates where they needed to be. It was great and we were able to come away with the victory.
The difference between the youth level and the professional level…
“It’s quite a difference in level, when I was playing for the Academy I didn’t think I would be here today. The academy level is lower than the pro level and I’m still getting used to the rhythm of the game. In Overall, I feel like this is the first 90 minutes I’ve played so far. We’ll continue to work hard during the week to keep improving.