Tulsa Revolution

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Tulsa Revolution
Tulsa Revolution team logo.jpg
Full name Tulsa Revolution
Nickname(s) Revs
Founded 2012
Stadium Cox Business Center
Ground Capacity 7,000
Owners Shannon Clark/Adam Mellor
Head Coach Michael Nsien
League Professional Arena Soccer League
Website Club home page

The Tulsa Revolution is a professional indoor soccer team from Tulsa, Oklahoma, which began play in the Professional Arena Soccer League with the 2013–14 PASL season. The team is co-owned by Adam Mellor and Shannon Clark. Under the leadership of head coach Michael Nsien, the Revolution play their home games at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.

The original Tulsa Revolution, also owned by Mellor and coached by Kerry Shubert, played in the Central Division of the American Indoor Soccer League in 2008.

History[edit]

Based at the SoccerCity Indoor Sports Complex, the original Tulsa Revolution was the first professional soccer program in Tulsa since the Tulsa Ambush in 1992.[1] One of two new teams for the American Indoor Soccer League during the 2007–08 season, the team posted a 2–5 record playing a partial season of just 7 games, compared to the league standard of 14.[2] The AISL folded after that season.[3]

On July 10, 2012, team owners Adam Mellor and Shannon Clark were awarded a franchise as an expansion team in the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2013–14 season.[4][5][6][7] The team played its home games at the Cox Business Center (formerly known as the Tulsa Convention Center).[5][8][9][10][11] On July 2, 2013, the team named Michael Nsien as head coach and announced the Williams Companies as presenting sponsor for the 2013–14 season.[12] The Revolution held open player tryouts in July 2013.[13] The team began signing players in October 2013, starting with Tulsa native Levi Coleman, in preparation for their first game on November 1 versus the Illinois Piasa.[14] The Revolution struggled on the field, winning only two games at home and none on the road to amass a 2–14 record. They defeated two non-PASL teams to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2013–14 United States Open Cup for Arena Soccer before falling to the Wichita B-52s. Tulsa's average home attendance of 866 fans per game was good enough to rank them 8th among the 20 teams in the PASL this season.

Year-by-year[edit]

League Champions Runners-Up Division Champions* Playoff Berth
Year League Reg. Season GF GA Pct Finish Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2007–08 AISL 2-5 44 55 .286 5th Ineligible ~700
2013–14 PASL 2-14 89 158 .125 6th, Central Did Not Qualify 866

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hibdon, Glenn (July 29, 2007). "Pro soccer: Soccer comes to Tulsa". Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK: World Publishing Company). Retrieved July 29, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Tulsa Revolution Completes Exhibition Season" (PDF). Smoke Signals 23 (2) (Oklahoma Soccer Association). March–April 2008. p. 14. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Krieger, Dan (September 29, 2008). "Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report". Our Sports Central. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tulsa Revolution Granted PASL Membership for 2013/14". BoxScoreNews.com. July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Ferguson, John D. (January 16, 2013). "Pro indoor soccer returning to Tulsa". Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK: World Publishing Company). Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tulsa Revolution Officially Introduced to Local Media". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 24, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Antoine (July 3, 2013). "Professional Soccer Returns; Team banks on championship nostalgia". Urban Tulsa Weekly (Tulsa, OK: Keith Skrzypczak). Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Hannema, Charlie (January 24, 2013). "Professional Soccer Coming Back To Tulsa". Tulsa, OK: KOTV-TV. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Krzyzostaniak, Jakub (January 30, 2013). "Viva la Revolution! New soccer franchise continues local tradition". Urban Tulsa Weekly (Tulsa, OK: Keith Skrzypczak). Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ayers, Thad (January 31, 2013). "Professional indoor soccer returns with new league, outlook". Tulsa Business & Legal News (Tulsa, OK). Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Cordt, Chris (June 25, 2013). "Tulsa Convention Center gets new name; The downtown Tulsa multi-purpose facility will be named the "Cox Business Center"". Tulsa, OK: KRMG. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Revolution Announce Williams As Presenting Sponsor". Our Sports Central. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kuntz, Harold (July 15, 2013). "News On 6's Harold Kuntz Tries Out For Tulsa Revolution". Tulsa, OK: KOTV-DT. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Soccer: Revolution signs first player". Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK: World Publishing Company). October 8, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 

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