TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Roughnecks FC kicks off a pair of home games to wrap up the regular season with a chance to clinch its first trip to the USL Cup Playoffs as it welcomes Seattle Sounders FC 2 to ONEOK Field on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC news and notes
Current record: 13-13-4, 43pts
The Roughnecks fell 4-3 to Phoenix Rising FC on Wednesday night at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3, missing out on its first chance to clinch a place in the playoffs.
After taking a two-goal lead through goals by Joaquin Rivas and Juan Pablo Caffa in the opening 15 minutes, the Roughnecks conceded three goals in a row before Christian Thierjung made it 3-3 on the half-hour mark. Phoenix struck again in the second half as Jason Johnson scored his second goal of the game, and the Roughnecks were unable to find another equalizer to leave without a point.
Caffa's goal was his ninth of the season, while Joey Calistri recorded assists on all three of the team's goals against Phoenix. Both players now have nine goals and six assists apiece this season.
Tulsa will play both of its final two matches of the regular season at ONEOK Field with a win in either contest enough to earn a place in the USL Cup Playoffs. The Roughnecks could also clinch a place in the playoffs should Orange County SC suffer defeat to Reno 1868 FC and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC fail to take victory against Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday night.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 news and notes
Current record: 9-16-4, 31pts
S2 fell 1-0 to Phoenix Rising FC in its last contest on Sept. 20 at Starfire Stadium, a result that ended up eliminating the side from playoff contention.
Seattle held 58.2 percent of possession against and finished the game with 14 shots but came up against a strong goalkeeping performance from Josh Cohen in the Phoenix goal who recorded a five-save shutout to earn his side victory.
Saturday's game kicks off a three-game road trip to conclude the regular season for S2, which will also visit the Swope Park Rangers (Oct. 11) and OKC Energy FC (Oct. 15) during its travels.
Tulsa – GK: Bryan Byars, Fabian Cerda, Donovan Ricketts; D: Paris Gee, Modou Jadama, Jorge Corrales, Francisco Ugarte, Bradley Bourgeois, Kosuke Kimura; M: Jonathan Levin, Joey Calistri, Collin Fernandez, Joaquin Rivas, Brady Ballew, Jaime Ayala, Brandt Bronico; F: Juan Pablo Caffa, Ian Svantesson, Pavel Kondrakhin, Christian Thierjung
Seattle – GK: Tyler Miller, Bryan Meredith, Sam Fowler, Cody Lang; D: Brian Nana-Sinkam, Denso Ulysse, Steve Whyte, Tony Alfaro, Rodrigue Ele, Sam Rogers; M: Lorenzo Ramos, Francisco Narbon, Ray Saari, Harry Shipp, Jordy Delem, Callum Mallace, Zach Mathers, Azriel Gonzalez, Charles Renken, Henry Wingo, Aaron Kovar, Shandon Hopeau, Serge Edoa; F: David Olsen, Javorn Stevens, Seyi Adekoya, Felix Chenkam
Tulsa – Accumulation warning: Collin Fernandez, Juan Pablo Caffa, Jorge Corrales
Seattle – Suspended: Jordy Delem; Accumulation warning: Rodrigue Ele
REF: JOSE LARA
AR1: Blake Fraley
AR2: Joao Cerbino
4TH: Edwin Zunun
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