Fort Worth Vaqueros launch season against rival Dallas City

The Fort Worth Vaqueros FC begin their second season at 7:15 p.m. Friday against rival Dallas City FC at Roffino Stadium at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas.

The match is also the opener for the eight-team South Central Conference of the National Premier Soccer League.

The clubs will meet four times this season. The crosstown rivals meet twice during NPSL South Central Conference play. Additionally, the two sides will compete for the Trinity River Cup. Dallas City claimed the rivalry trophy in the first year of the derby in 2014. The Vaqueros lost all four meetings last year.

“This is probably the closest to a European Derby that the Metroplex has,” Vaqueros coach Mark Snell said. “The creation of the Trinity River Cup brought about a rivalry. All of the players from both teams are motivated as many know each other.

The rivalry found a new twist this offseason as former Dallas City central defender Abdoulaye “Papa Fall” Faly joined the Vaqueros, and former Vaqueros forward Dalibor Golubovic joined Dallas City.

The Vaqueros home opener is May 16 at 7:30 p.m., against Houston Regals CSA at Texas Wesleyan’s Martin Field.