FORT WORTH _ The Clean Sheet.
Every defender craves the shutout.
The Vaqueros backline picked up its first zero goals allowed scoreline last Saturday in a 1-0 victory against Tyler FC.
Newly acquired centerback Mike Jones proved to be a vital part securing the nil on goals against column.
“I think the shutout in our season opener showed our team discipline as a unit,” Jones said. “It should put defensive focus to keep the ball out of the back of our net. Defense wins games but offense finishes games.”
Jones, 28, brings unprecedented experience to the Vaqueros via Major League Soccer.
Jones (No. 5) was drafted by Kansas City in 2011 and then spent time with New York at a time when French icon Thierry Henry played with the Red Bulls.
Jones (6-1, 190 pounds) played in Europe and with the Dallas Sidekicks.
Jones made his way to Fort Worth through his connection to new Vaqueros boss Nick Stavrou.
“We are expecting Mike Jones to bring all his years of experience to the field to help solidify our defense,” Stavrou said. “He is an intimidating athlete who serves a great ball out of the back.”
In the short time with the club, Jones and Jamie Lovegrove, another player with Sidekicks ties, are stepping forward on the newly formed roster to build team unity.
“(Mike) is a top man, on and off the field,” Lovegrove said. “He demands the best from everyone.”