Tulsa Roughnecks FC Come To St. Louis Saturday To Face Chupacabras
After a rough showing in Las Vegas last weekend, Saint Louis FC returns home to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC Saturday night at World Wide Technology Soccer Park.
STLFC sits in 11th places in the USL’s Western Conference with a 5-7-6 record and 22 points through 18 games. Tulsa is 1-9-8 for 12 points through their first 18.
Kickoff between the Chupacabras and Roughnecks is set for 7:30 pm at Toyota Stadium. If you can’t make it out to Soccer Park, the match will be streamed live on the ESPN+ streaming service.
Scroll down for a preview of the match, the skinny on a new player coming to town, what to do on Saturday before kickoff, some things to tickle your ears and more.
Last Time Out
Tulsa and Rio Grande Valley FC played to a 1-1 draw last weekend at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. The match was scoreless heading into the 75th minute when Jesús Enríquez scored for the home side. Tulsa answered two minutes later with a tally from Paris Gee. Tulsa goalkeeper Nicolas Corti saved 2 of the 3 shots he faced. The Roughnecks had 11 total shots, 3 of which were on target.
Saint Louis FC fell to Las Vegas Lights FC last Saturday 1-0 on the road. While the posession battle was largely even, STLFC was held without a shot on goal. Raul Mendiola beat Tomas Gomez on the Lights’ only shot on goal in the 49th minute.
Scouting Tulsa Roughnecks FC
At the end of last month, the Tulsa front office announced that head coach David Vaudreuil had been removed and Michael Nsien would be on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. The Tulsa native and former MLS player had previously been an assistant coach with the club and is also the Director of Coaching for the Tulsa Soccer Club.
The Roughnecks are undefeated since Nsien took over. His first game as head coach resulted in the team’s first win of the season, 2-0 over LA Galaxy II. Three days later, they played Las Vegas to a 2-2 draw before the draw with Rio Grande Valley last weekend.
Joaquin Rivas leads the club with seven goals on the season while Paris Gee has added three of his own to go with his four assists.
Saint Louis FC beat Tulsa 3-0 on June 9 at ONEOK Field. Kyle Greig opened the scoring in the 17th minute of that contest before Joey Calistri scored in the 59th and 68th minutes.
Michael Cox Arrives In Trade With Nashville
STLFC sent an international roster spot to Nashville SC on Thursday and received 25-year old Canadian forward Michael Cox in return. Cox scored the first goal in the history of the new Nashville club back in March when he converted a penalty against Bethlehem Steel FC. Cox joined Nashville for this season after spending two years with Orlando City B under Anthony Pulis. At Orlando City, Cox played in 45 matches and scored 13 goals. He was featured just five times in Nashville this season, starting three times and scoring the one goal.
In a release from the team, Pulis said he was happy to have Cox in St. Louis
“I’m delighted to have signed Michael, a forward who is really powerful, quick and strong with a good goal-scoring record at this level,” said Pulis. “He gives us some much-needed firepower in an area where we are light at the moment with injuries so we are excited for him to join the group.”
Cox could be available for selection against Tulsa.
** UPDATE **
What To Expect From Saint Louis FC
What can we expect from Saint Louis FC Saturday night against Tulsa? Well hopefully Aedan Stanley and Corey Hertzog. Stanley has been called into the U-20 Men’s National Team camp by Tab Ramos. The camp is set to run July 15-22 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The young defender is then set to report to Duke, about 25 miles from Raleigh, to begin workouts with the team there.
It was mentioned on Friday night’s FC Soccer Weekly that Hertzog could be back in the 18 for Pulis Saturday night.
Let The Louligans Tickle Your Ears And Then Help Them Raise Money Saturday
The St. Louligans will be begining their traditional tailgate when Soccer Park lots open at 5: 30 pm Saturday. The supporters group will be raffling off one of the Mission Taco warm-up jerseys autographed by the enter team with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Missouri. The group’s Charity Du Jour endeavor will also benefits the Humane Society this week.
Speaking of tailgates, check out the Toyota Tailgate Contest from the club.
If you are in the market for something to listen to, check out the latest episode of the This Is Silly! podcast from the Louligans.
If listening to This Is Silly! wets your appetite for STLFC talk, tune in to The Big 550 KTRS Friday night from 7 – 9 pm for FC Soccer Weekly.
Pack The Park Saturday
Don’t want to drive out to Fenton on Saturday? Take the FREE Pub 2 Park shuttle, resented by JED Transportation. The shuttle will leave from Mission Taco in Soulard at 5:30 pm Saturday, Amsterdam Tavern at 6 pm and Sugarfire 44 at 6:30 pm for World Wide Technology Soccer Park. Shuttles leave Soccer Park 15 minutes after the end of the match. Check out the Pub 2 Park program page for more information.
Saturday is College Night at Soccer Park. Students can take advantage of a package including (1) general admission ticket and (1) draft beer (21+) or fountain drinks for just $17.64.
Tickets for Saturday’s match are available in advance from SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
P.S. Your wardrobe probably needs more Saint Louis FC. Get out to Soccer Park either Friday or Saturday to take advantage of a really cool sale.
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