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Tulsa Roughnecks FC
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Full nameTulsa Roughnecks FC
FoundedDecember 2013 (4 years ago) (2013-12)
Stadium ONEOK Field
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Capacity7,833
Owner Tulsa Drillers
Co-ChairmenDale Hubbard
Jeff Hubbard
Head CoachMichael Nsien (Interim)
League USL Championship
201817th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website
Current season

The Tulsa Roughnecks FC is an American professional soccer team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They compete in the USL Championship, starting in the 2015 season. Jeff and Dale Hubbard, co-owners of the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball franchise, were announced as co-owners on December 18, 2013. [1] The team calls itself the Roughnecks after the name received nearly 50% of the votes in a "name the team" contest held in February 2014.

History

The franchise is owned and operated by the Tulsa Drillers, a double-A minor league baseball club playing in the Texas League. [2] The Drillers' co-chairs, brothers Jeff and Dale Hubbard, will serve as co-chairs of the soccer club. Prodigal, LLC., owner of Oklahoma City Energy FC, another USL club, will serve as a minority owner. [3] [4]

On February 26, 2014, it was announced that the team would be known as Tulsa Roughnecks FC, paying homage to the original Roughnecks which played in the original North American Soccer League from 1978 until the league folded in 1984 (and were best known for winning Soccer Bowl '83). [5]

The team logo, colors and uniforms were introduced on September 2, 2014. The team colors are Orange and Navy Blue with all kits supplied by New Balance. [6]

Stadium

The team plays at ONEOK Field. a 7,833 seat stadium that is also home to the Drillers.

Club culture

Supporters

• The Roustabouts are the main supporters group of the Tulsa Roughnecks FC. They will chant in "The Rig". In the oil field, a Roustabout is the person who supports the Roughnecks on the rig. They do whatever is needed on the rig and must be versatile and willing to do whatever the crew needs.

• La Unión 918: Spanish speaking supporters of the TRFC. Founded in 2016, La Union 918 has a Mexican-South American style. Chanting in spanish, flying flags, hitting drums, etc. La Union 918 travel down to OKC with The Roustabouts when TRFC face in-state rival Energy FC.

Rivalries

Roughnecks FC's main rival are the Oklahoma City Energy FC in the Black Gold Derby, with both teams being located in Oklahoma. The supporters group of both teams established a trophy, a 4-foot wrench painted with the colors of each team on either side, which is awarded to the regular season winner of the derby.

Sponsorship

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015–2016 England Admiral Oculto
2017–present United States New Balance Osage Casino

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2015 3 USL 7th, Western Did not qualify Third Round 4,714
2016 3 USL 15th, Western Did not qualify Second Round 3,950
2017 2 USL 7th, Western Conference Quarterfinals Fourth Round 3,851
2018 2 USL 17th, Western Did not qualify Second Round 3,094

Players

Current squad

As of October 24, 2018

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Paris Gee   Canada
3 Defender Claudio Muñoz   Chile
4 Defender Enrique Montano   United States
5 Defender Adrian Jusino   United States
6 Midfielder Jonathan Levin   Mexico
7 Midfielder Eti Tavares   Guinea-Bissau
8 Forward Jhon Pírez   Uruguay
9 Forward Michael Gamble   United States
10 Midfielder Santiago Maidana   Argentina
11 Midfielder Joaquin Rivas   El Salvador
12 Goalkeeper Fabián Cerda   Chile
16 Forward D.J. Dean   United States
18 Midfielder Ivan Mirković   Serbia
19 Midfielder Christian Rodriguez   El Salvador
24 Midfielder Christian Thierjung   United States
25 Forward Isaác Díaz   Mexico
29 Goalkeeper Chase Gentry   United States
42 Defender Terence Smith   Canada
57 Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias   United States
70 Defender Uzi Tayou   Cameroon
82 Defender Nemanja Vuković   Serbia
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with MLS affiliate Chicago Fire.

Staff

  • United States Michael Nsien – Interim Head Coach
  • England David Irving - Director of Football Operations / Technical Director
  • Jamaica Donovan RickettsGoalkeeping Coach
  • United States Koby Smith – Head Athletic Trainer
  • United States Mason Robbins – Soccer Administration and Operations Assistant

Head coaching history

References

  1. ^ "Tulsa to Join USL PRO in 2015" (Press release). United Soccer Leagues. December 18, 2013. Archived from the original on January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tulsa USL PRO soccer franchise holds contest to name team". Tulsa World. January 26, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Moss, John (December 18, 2013). "Professional Soccer Is Returning To Tulsa". Tulsa, Oklahoma: KTUL-TV. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Brown, Mike (December 19, 2013). "Pro soccer headed to ONEOK Field in 2015". Tulsa World. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Bailey, Eric (February 26, 2014). "Fans vote to resurrect Roughnecks name for new Tulsa pro soccer team". Tulsa World. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Roughnecks Unveil Logo, Uniforms" (Press release). United Soccer Leagues. September 2, 2014. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "David Vaudreuil Named Roughnecks Head Coach". Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Roughnecks Appoint Tulsan Michael Nsien as Head Coach". Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Retrieved June 25, 2018.

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