Saint Louis FC (6-7-5) 23pts VS. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (3-11-3) 12pts
Date: Friday, July 15
Time: 7:30 PM CT
Venue: ONEOK Field, Tulsa, OK
HISTORY: Saint Louis FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC share a rich history. Both teams entered the USL in 2015, between preseason and multiple in-season matchups have quickly become regional rivals. The current STL FC team captain, Chad Bond, played with the Roughnecks in their inaugural season. He was voted MVP for the team during his only season with Tulsa.
In the most recent match-up between the teams, Saint Louis hosted Tulsa in a staggering 7-1 win. One goal shy of the USL record. During the match, STL FC was strong on the attack, scoring three goals in the first half. Saint Louis native, Seth Rudolph, celebrated his first start for Saint Louis FC with a goal in the 4th minute, his first goal with Saint Louis FC. Rudolph went on to score another goal in the second half. Herrera had two goals and Hardware, Roberts and Cicciarelli each had a goal.
The first match-up this season was the STL FC sold out home opener on April 16th. The game ended in a grueling 0-0 draw. The second meeting ended 5-2 after a second half rally from STL FC on a man down Tulsa side.
Tulsa looks to snag a win in the season four-game series on Friday. Saint Louis leads the 2-0-1 series.
THE OPPONENT: The Tulsa Roughnecks FC are lead by Head Coach David Irving, a former striker from Workington, England. Before coaching with Tulsa, he was with the Wilmington Hammerheads from 1998 to 2014. The Roughnecks are coming off a grueling draw away at Rio Grande Valley. Mother Nature played a factor in offense with winds gusting over 25mph. Tulsa sits last in the Western Conference standings.
LAST TIME OUT: Saint Louis FC is coming off a 2-1 loss at the home to the third place team in the Eastern Conference, FC Cincinnati.
STL FC had a slow start to the match, giving up a goal in the 8th minute. It was the third consecutive early goal Saint Louis has had in their most recent games. There was more action during the second half, with each team earning a goal. In the 78th minute, a save by Thompson was pushed out to the front to FC Cincinnati's Stevenson allowing him to tuck the ball in the back of the net.
Saint Louis gained intensity in the last few minutes to find a goal in the 85th minute. After just entering the game, a fresh Jordan Roberts crossed to Schillo Tshuma to find a goal. This is Tshuma's second goal of the season. STL FC continued to pile on the pressure, making a few plays with nothing connecting.
The night was a landmark game for Sam Fink and Parker Maher, making their 50th game appearance with Saint Louis FC. They are first players to reach this mark in franchise history.
The STL FC squad will be back at the park on Saturday, July 23rd when they face the Colorado Springs Switchbacks who are coached by St. Louisian Steve Trittschuh. The Switchbacks took the home leg of the series 2-0 as Saint Louis FC look to gain the upper edge in 2016. Go to SaintLouisFC.com or call 636-680-0997 to secure your tickets!
Player Availablity Report:
Brandon Barklage - Out, injury
STL FC: Irvin Herrera (9)
Tulsa: Sammy Ochoa (8)
STL FC: Ambersley, Dixon, Musa (3)
Tulsa: Sammy Ochoa (5)