Tulsa Athletics

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Tulsa Athletics
Tulsa Athletics Crest
Full name Tulsa Athletics
Nickname(s) The A's
Founded 2005
Stadium Athletics Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,997
Owner Sonny Dalesandro
Head Coach Joey Ryan
League National Premier Soccer League
2014 1st, South Central Conference
Website Club home page
Current season

The Tulsa Athletics are an American soccer team owned by Chattanooga FC goal keeper, Gregory Hartley, and are based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. 2013 was their inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), which is a national league at the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. They compete in the NPSL's South-South Central Conference. The team maintains amateur status under NPSL rules, allowing college players to participate without losing their collegiate eligibility. They play at Athletics Stadium, the former home of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team.[1][2] The 2014 NPSL season begins with Tulsa on the road in May 2014.[3]

History[edit]

The Athletics are an off-shoot of four-time defending Oklahoma state champion Boston Avenue Athletic Club (USASA), who were founded in 2005.

Crest and colors[edit]

The crest is a magenta shield featuring a unicorn facing a lion over a soccer ball, symbolizing both Strength and Magic. The colors are green and yellow.

Support[edit]

A supporters group associated with the Tulsa Athletics are the Tulsa Ultras, who congregate behind the south goal at home matches.

Fans have given the team several unofficial nicknames, including "the A's" and "The Foxes", named after 'Lester', a lone fox who resides in the team's stadium.

Rivalries[edit]

In 2014 Oklahoma City FC left PDL to join the NPSL, which created an instant rivalry. The two clubs separated by just 100 miles play the OK Derby at least twice a season, as both compete in the NPSL South-South Central Conference.

The inaugural Red River Cup was contested in May 2014. Four clubs (Fort Worth Vaqueros, Liverpool Warriors, Oklahoma City FC) met in a two-day tournament hosted by Tulsa, who won the title[4] over Oklahoma City FC.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2013 4 NPSL 1st, South Central Conference Semifinal Did not qualify
2014 4 NPSL 1st, South Central South Region Final 2nd Round

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of June 1, 2013.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Rogers, JacobJacob Rogers      United States
2 Midfielder Albertson, CoreyCorey Albertson      United States
3 Defender Howard, KevinKevin Howard      Ireland
4 Defender Wilson, MichaelMichael Wilson      Scotland
5 Defender Farmer, WayneWayne Farmer      Wales
6 Defender Gonsalves, BlaineBlaine Gonsalves      United States
8 Midfielder Mata, OmarOmar Mata      United States
9 Midfielder Coleman, LeviLevi Coleman      United States
11 Forward Chavez, JohnnyJohnny Chavez      United States
15 Defender Starker, QuinnQuinn Starker      Canada
16 Midfielder McCurdy, BrianBrian McCurdy      United States
17 Midfielder Brocks, StephenStephen Brocks      England
20 Midfielder Masterson, NiallNiall Masterson      Ireland
24 Goalkeeper Carothers, EthanEthan Carothers      United States
Goalkeeper Goodrich, DeanDean Goodrich      United States
Goalkeeper Schumann, KyleKyle Schumann      United States
Defender Cromwell, BretBret Cromwell      United States
Defender Schmoker, AdamAdam Schmoker      United States
Midfielder Schmoker, JordanJordan Schmoker      United States

Team management[edit]

  • Head Coach: United States Joey Ryan
  • Assistant Head Coach: Brian McCurdy

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