Saint Louis FC Takes On Tulsa Roughnecks Thursday In Tulsa
Saint Louis FC will take on the Tulsa Roughnecks tomorrow night in a rare Thursday United Soccer League match. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
STLFC is 6-8-5 on the season. With 23 points, the club sits in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. The Tulsa Roughnecks are 8-9-2 on the season and sit in 8th place in the Western Conference with 26 points.
The game can be streamed live on YouTube tomorrow night. Scroll down for the link and a preview of tomorrow’s match.
Saint Louis FC is make in action at Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park this Sunday as they take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Last Time Out For STLFC
A scoreless draw with the Swope Park Rangers last time out left Saint Louis FC head coach Preki Radosavljevic wanting more.
Preki told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he felt his team played well enough to earn three points against the Rangers.
“I feel like we lost two points today. “I thought — of course I’m going to look at the replay of the game — but I thought we were the better team. We totally dominated the first half. We had chances, (but) their keeper makes a couple of great saves to keep it 0-0. Our inability to hit a (goal) frame on quite a few opportunities is the reason why we walk off the field with one point instead of three.”
STLFC’s best scoring chance came with a penalty in the 63rd minute. Octavio Guzman’s penalty kick attempt was stopped by SPR keeper Darrin Macleod. The former Drake University standout was making his professional debut in the match.
The clean sheet was the fifth of the season for Saint Louis FC’s Adam Grinwis.
The 0-0 draw wasn’t enough to move STLFC up in the USL standings, but it does move the club further away from the USL East basement. Six points separate the club from the bottom two clubs in the East.
A win for Swope Park would have put the Kansas City club into a tie for second place in the Western Conference. Instead, the Rangers site firmly in third place.
Watch highlights from the match below.
Dragan Returns, Plewa Out
Dragan Stojkov was unavailable for last weekend’s match as he was handed a one-game suspension by the USL for yellow card accumulation. He will return to the lineup against Tulsa.
Defender Konrad Plewa picked up a yellow card just before the final whistle against Swope Park that will prove costly for the club. The caution was Plewa’s fifth of the season and means he will serve a one-game suspension for accumulation on Thursday.
St. Louis Blues Announce Affiliation With Tulsa Oilers
Thursday’s match isn’t the only St. Louis-Tulsa connection in the press this week. The St. Louis Blues announced earlier this week that they have signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL.
The Blues-Oilers connection goes back to the 1992-93 season when the Oilers won the Central Hockey League championship in their first season of existence. The team was coached for former Blues great Garry Unger.
Scouting ONEOK Field
Less than a mile from where the Oilers play their home games at BOK Center stands ONEOK Field, where STLFC and the Roughnecks will kick off Thursday. The Roughnecks average 4,579 fans at ONEOK Field, which ranks just behind STLFC’s 4,621 fans per match.
ONEOK Field also serves as the home of the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. ONEOK has a capacity of 7,833 for Roughnecks matches.
ONEOK Field opened as the home of the Drillers in 2010, moving the Drillers from the outskirts of the city into downtown. The $60 million project, ten years in the making, was funded with $30 million in private donations, $25 million from a 30-year downtown property assessment district, and a $5 million tenancy fee paid by the Drillers.
The Tulsa Stadium Improvement Assessment District meant property owners in the “Inner Dispersal Loop” paid a 6.6-cent-per-square-foot annual fee to repay $25 million in bonds on the stadium and fund downtown beautification and safety projects. A 2013 report found that downtown Tulsa properties increased in value by 70 percent between 2008-2012.
Thursday’s Roughnecks match is $5 Thursday, Thirsty Thursday and Bark In The Park night in Tulsa. Lawn and Terrace seats are just $5 while all other tickets are $5 off. Fans can also take advantage of a $5 deal at concession stands that includes a hot dog or nachos and beer or soft drink.
Thirsty Thursday means concession stands will be selling 16-ounce soft drinks and 12-ounce Bud and Bud Light servings for just $1.
Fans will also be able to bring their dogs to the match so, look for those on the livestream.
Five-Match Unbeaten Streak Ended Last Weekend For Tulsa
A 3-2 loss to Reno 1868 FC last weekend ended a five-match unbeaten streak for the Tulsa Roughnecks. The streak included three wins and two draws in the month of July.
After giving up two goals in seven minutes and finding itself down 2-0 at the half, Juan Pablo Caffa and Ian Svantesson scored early in the second half to draw the clubs even. Reno 1868’s Chris Wehan scored in the 84th minute to take the three points.
Svantesson’s goal against Reno was his team-leading 9th of the season. Caffa is second on the team with six goals. He also leads the team with 5 assists.
Svantesson is a 23-year old Florida native who played his college soccer at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Birmingham was awarded a USL franchise this week. The club will begin play in the USL with the 2019 season. They will play next season in the Premier Development League.
Saint Louis FC served as the USL affiliate of the Chicago Fire during the previous two seasons. The clubs ended that agreement back in February and shortly thereafter, the Fire announced an affiliation with Tulsa.
Collin Fernandez, who played three matches for STLFC last season, has started 16 matches for Tulsa this season. The midfielder was named to the USL 20 Under 20 last month.
Doody Has Breakout Game With Fire, Named To MLS Team of the Week
Speaking of the Chicago Fire, Patrick Doody had a breakout game with the MLS club last weekend. The defender assisted on three Fire goals in a 4-1 win over the New England Revolution. His three-assist performance was the first of its kind for the Fire since 2008. Doody was rewarded with a spot on the MLS Team of the Week for Week 22.
The defender played two matches in St. Louis on loan this season before being recalled by the Fire. The addition of Doody on loan was announced by STLFC was announced on July 14. His return to the Fire was announced on July 25.
Doody starred in St. Louis over the previous two seasons on loan from the Fire.
Fire & Ice SC To Be Honored At Toyota Stadium On Sunday
Saint Louis FC will honor the 2017 Women’s Premier Soccer League National Champions Fire & Ice SC on Sunday at Toyota Stadium. Details will be made available later in the week.
Fire & Ice SC owner/coach Lindsay Kennedy-Eversmeyer and forward Kailey Utley joined the St. Louligans characters this week on the latest episode of the This Is Silly! podcast. Give it a listen.
Sunday’s match with the Tampa Bay Rowdies has been moved to a 7:30 pm kickoff at Toyota Stadium. Tickets for the match can be purchased at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
Pub 2 Park registration for Sunday’s match is now open. Shuttles will leave from Amterdam Tavern, Molly’s In Soulard and Smugala’s in Sunset Hills at 6 pm. The shuttle from Hotshots Fenton will leave at 6:15 pm.
A shuttle from Hollywood Casino will not be running for Sunday’s match. It will return as a Pub 2 Park location for select matches for the rest of the season.
Stream Saint Louis FC vs Tulsa
Every USL match this season can be streamed live on YouTube. Watch Thursday’s match at the link below.
Want to watch the match with friends? Join Boone’s Brigade at Hattrick’s Pub in O’Fallon or the St. Louligans at International Tap House in Soulard.
Tulsa Roughnecks v Saint Louis FC
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