Tulsa Roughnecks (1993–2000)

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This article is about the second Tulsa Roughnecks of the USISL. For other teams of the same name, see Tulsa Roughnecks (disambiguation).
Tulsa Roughnecks
Founded 1993
Dissolved 2000

The second Tulsa Roughnecks were an American soccer team that played in the United Soccer Leagues from 1993–99.


In January 1993, Tulsa businessman "Mack" Amini applied for a franchise in the United States Interregional Soccer League. The application was approved and the team began play in the summer of 1993 under head coach Ali Adibi who had been coaching the Southern Nazarene soccer team.[1] In 1994, Adibi was named Coach of the Year.[2] Adibi resigned in 1995 and was replaced by Zeljko "Vince" Krsnik.[3] Krsnik lasted only three weeks before being fired. Adibi replaced him as interim coach, but the coaching turmoil led to drop in the standings. Tulsa, which had finished in either first or second place each season, now finished in seventh. In September 1995, the team elevated player Victor Moreland to the head coaching position.[4] In November 1996, Adibi returned again as head coach.[5] Adibi would continue to coach the team until it folded in 1999, except for several games during the summer of 1998 when two players shared the duties of coach as Adibi dealt with business matters. During the winter of 1998–1999, the Roughnecks did not play an indoor season for the first time in its existence. In 1999, the team went under new ownership which renamed it the Green Country Roughnecks.[6] In 1999, Adibi purchased the team, renamed it the Tulsa Roughnecks and withdrew it from the USL. The Roughnecks spent the 1999–2000 winter season playing with several unafilliated indoor teams in an ad hoc league.[7] The Roughnecks were good enough to go the championship game where they fell to the Oklahoma City Hatters.[8] Adibi disbanded the team at the end of the season.



Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1993/94 N/A USISL Indoor 1st, South Central 3rd Place N/A
1994/95 N/A USISL Indoor 2nd, South Central Semifinals N/A
1995/96 N/A USISL Indoor 2nd, Central Sizzlin' Five N/A
1996/97 N/A USISL I-League 1st, West Runners-up N/A
1997/98 N/A USISL I-League 2nd Runners-up N/A
1999/2000 Runner up Did not qualify Did not qualify


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1993 N/A United States Interregional Soccer League 1st South Central Divisional Finals Did not enter
1994 3 United States Interregional Soccer League 1st, South Central Divisional Semifinals Did not enter
1995 3 USISL Pro League 7th, South Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
1996 3 USISL Pro League 3rd, Central Conference Finals Did not qualify
1997 3 USISL D-3 Pro League 4th, South Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
1998 3 USISL D-3 Pro League 4th, South Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
1999 3 USL D-3 Pro League 6th, Western Did not qualify Did not qualify


  • Ali Adibi (1993–1995)
  • Zeljko "Vince" Krsnik (1995)
  • Ali Adibi (1995)
  • Victor Moreland (1995–1996)
  • Ali Adibi (1996–2000)
  • Tama Andofar / Jason Maricle (1998 – interim)


  1. ^ Roughnecks to Land in Tulsa Again Tulsa World – Thursday, January 14, 1993
  2. ^ Adibi Named Coach of Year Tulsa World – Thursday, September 22, 1994
  3. ^ Roughnecks Hire Krsnik Tulsa World – Sunday, April 9, 1995
  4. ^ Moreland Will Coach Roughnecks Tulsa World – Wednesday, September 27, 1995
  5. ^ Roughnecks ' Adibi Says `We Can Go All the Way Tulsa World – Friday, November 15, 1996
  6. ^ Roughnecks bring all-new look home Tulsa World – Saturday, April 24, 1999
  7. ^ Roughnecks open new indoor season Tulsa World – Sunday, December 12, 1999
  8. ^ Hatters use depth to top Roughnecks Tulsa World – Sunday, February 20, 2000

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