After coming off a bye week, St Louis CITY2 (10-3-2, 33 points) look to continue their winning ways on Friday night when they face North Texas SC (9-4-3,31 points). Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST at Ralph Korte Stadium in Edwardsville, Ill., and can be seen live on mlsnextpro.com.
CITY2 is proud to host its first Youth Soccer Night at Ralph Korte Stadium. Fans are encouraged to bring extra water bottles as temperatures are expected to be above 100 degrees Fahrenheit at kickoff.
In their last match, CITY2 held off Minnesota United FC 2 in an intense battle at the National Sports Center, with goals coming from inform striker Josh Dolling and midfielder Sergio Rivas to secure the team’s tenth win this season. Defensively, the team continues to make it tough for opponents to get a sniff on goal, boasting the lowest shots against average in the league at 42, while only conceding 17 goals in 15 matches, the third best goals against ratio in the league.
North Texas SC are on the bad end of a three-game winless streak after falling to Sporting KC II and Earthquakes II while drawing 3-3 with Houston Dynamo 2 in last week’s MLS NEXT Pro Texas Derby. Prior to that three-game skid, they won five of the last six games. North Texas is led by Bernard Kamungo who has recorded nine goals and three assists in the league so far.
With Dolling’s goal against Minnesota United FC 2, his tally now rises to seven on the season and sees him tied for seventh in the golden boot race. Akil Watts’ and Ezra Armstrong’s assists means there are now five CITY2 players who have recorded at least three assists this season with Dolling, Max Schneider, and Wan Kuzain the other three.
CITY2 currently sits in second place with a game in hand, while North Texas SC ranks fourth in the Western Conference standings. Friday’s match will mark the first meeting between the two teams this season, with their places in the top four of the Western Conference on the line.