Tulsa Roughnecks FC

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Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Tulsa Roughnecks FC logo.svg
Full nameTulsa Roughnecks FC
FoundedDecember 18, 2013 (5 years ago) (2013-12-18)
StadiumONEOK Field
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Capacity7,833
Coordinates36.160327, -95.988562
OwnerTulsa Drillers
Co-ChairmenDale Hubbard
Jeff Hubbard
Head CoachMichael Nsien
LeagueUSL Championship
201817th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The Tulsa Roughnecks FC is an American professional soccer team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They compete in the USL Championship, starting in the 2015 season. Jeff and Dale Hubbard, co-owners of the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball franchise, were announced as co-owners on December 18, 2013.[1] The team calls itself the Roughnecks after the name received nearly 50% of the votes in a "name the team" contest held in February 2014, the team name refers to the name to the original Roughneck team from Tulsa that played between 1978 and 1984.

History[edit]

The franchise is owned and operated by the Tulsa Drillers, a double-A minor league baseball club playing in the Texas League.[2] The Drillers' co-chairs, brothers Jeff and Dale Hubbard, will also serve as co-chairs of the Tulsa Roughnecks. Prodigal, LLC., owner of Oklahoma City Energy FC, another USL club, will serve as a minority owner.[3][4]

On February 26, 2014, it was announced that the team would be known as Tulsa Roughnecks FC, paying homage to the original Roughnecks which played in the original North American Soccer League from 1978 until the league folded in 1984 (and were best known for winning Soccer Bowl '83).[5]

The team logo, colors and uniforms were introduced on September 2, 2014.[6] The oil derrick in the logo, as well as the name of the team, is a reference to Tulsa’s ”Oil Capitol” heritage; the dictionary definition of a “roughneck” is a worker in an oil-well drilling crew.[7] The team colors are Orange and Navy Blue with all kits supplied by Adidas.[8]

Stadium[edit]

Entrance to the ONEOK field, home to the Tulsa Roughnecks

The team plays at ONEOK Field, a 7,833 seat stadium that is also home to the Drillers. The ONEOK Field is located in the Greenwood District of Downtown Tulsa. The baseball field opened in 2010 to the Tulsa Drillers but was made the Roughnecks' home in 2015. In order to transform the field from a baseball field to a soccer field, sod is laid down to cover the first and second base while using the rest of the baseball field's outfield for the soccer field, with one goal on the East side of the pitch and the other on the West side.[9]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

• The Roustabouts are the main supporters group of the Tulsa Roughnecks FC. They will chant in "The Rig". In the oil field, a Roustabout is the person who supports the Roughnecks on the rig. They do whatever is needed on the rig and must be versatile and willing to do whatever the crew needs.

• La Unión 918: Spanish speaking supporters of the TRFC. Founded in 2016, La Union 918 has a Mexican-South American style. Chanting in spanish, flying flags, hitting drums, etc. La Union 918 travel down to OKC with The Roustabouts when TRFC face in-state rival Energy FC.

Rivalries[edit]

Roughnecks FC's main rival are the Oklahoma City Energy FC in the Black Gold Derby, with both teams being located in Oklahoma. The supporters group of both teams established a trophy, a 4-foot wrench painted with the colors of each team on either side, which is awarded to the regular season winner of the derby.

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015–2016 England Admiral Oculto
2017–2018 United States New Balance Osage Casino
2019–present Germany Adidas

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2015 3 USL 7th, Western Did not qualify Third Round 4,714
2016 3 USL 15th, Western Did not qualify Second Round 3,950
2017 2 USL 7th, Western Conference Quarterfinals Fourth Round 3,851
2018 2 USL 17th, Western Did not qualify Second Round 3,094

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of June 14, 2019

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Sean Lewis  United States
3 Defender Renan Ferreira  Brazil
4 Defender Cyprian Hedrick  Cameroon
5 Defender Frantzly Zephirin  Canada
6 Midfielder Jeff Addai  Canada
7 Midfielder Calvin Rezende  United States
8 Midfielder Manny González  Colombia
9 Forward Toby Uzo  Nigeria
10 Midfielder Akeil Barrett  Jamaica
11 Midfielder Christian Altamirano  Honduras
12 Defender Luca Lobo  Brazil
13 Defender Matthew Sheldon  United States
14 Forward Akwafei Ajeakwa  United States
15 Defender Mallan Roberts  Canada
16 Midfielder Rodrigo da Costa  Brazil
17 Forward Fredlin Mompremier  Haiti
18 Defender Anthony Legendre  United States
20 Defender Matt Rogers  Mexico
22 Goalkeeper Andrew MacRae  Canada
23 Midfielder D.J. Dean  United States
24 Defender Colton Haskin  United States
28 Midfielder Brayan Reyes  Honduras
33 Goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar (on loan from Orlando City)  United States
42 Defender Walid Yacoubou  Togo
99 Forward Janú Silva  Portugal
Defender Nicholas Prasad  Fiji

Staff[edit]

  • Nigeria Michael NsienHead Coach
  • Jamaica Donovan RickettsFirst Assistant & Goalkeeping Coach
  • Canada Domenic Pultrone – Assistant Coach
  • Serbia Nemanja VukovićAssistant Coach
  • United States Alex Miranda – Team Analysis
  • United States Barry Williams – President
  • Wales Wayne Farmer – General Manager

Head coaching history[edit]

Affiliations[edit]

The Tulsa Roughnecks have an MLS affiliation with the Chicago Fire. The affiliation offers a way for developing players that are apart of the Chicago Fire through the Roughnecks, as well as helping the Tulsa team throughout their season. The affiliation also offers players from the Roughnecks a doorway into the MLS. The affiliation was strengthened by the Roughnecks former coach, David Vaudreuil, who played for the Chicago Fire from 2001-2002, making 26 appearances for the team.[13] The Roughnecks have also produced affiliations with Tulsa's Academy team, TSC Hurricane, which plays in the Elite Clubs National League and the Super Y League, the Youth League for the USL. This affiliation offers resources to coaching staff and players as well as a direct path to the minor and major league soccer as well as introducing Tulsa's academy team into the Super Y League.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulsa to Join USL PRO in 2015" (Press release). United Soccer Leagues. December 18, 2013. Archived from the original on January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tulsa USL PRO soccer franchise holds contest to name team". Tulsa World. January 26, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Moss, John (December 18, 2013). "Professional Soccer Is Returning To Tulsa". Tulsa, Oklahoma: KTUL-TV. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Brown, Mike (December 19, 2013). "Pro soccer headed to ONEOK Field in 2015". Tulsa World. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Bailey, Eric (February 26, 2014). "Fans vote to resurrect Roughnecks name for new Tulsa pro soccer team". Tulsa World. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Roughnecks Unveil Logo, Uniforms" (Press release). United Soccer Leagues. September 2, 2014. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "Roughneck". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Eckert, T. J. (2019-03-03). "Tulsa Roughnecks Announce Two New Changes". KTUL. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  9. ^ "ONEOK Field". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  10. ^ "David Vaudreuil Named Roughnecks Head Coach". Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Roughnecks Appoint Tulsan Michael Nsien as Head Coach". Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Roughnecks Introduce Nsien as Head Coach". USL Championship. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  13. ^ Gordon, Bridget (2018-03-16). "5 Things You Should Know About The Tulsa Roughnecks". Hot Time In Old Town. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  14. ^ "Tulsa Roughnecks FC & TSC Hurricane | Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane". www.tschurricane.com. Retrieved 2019-04-03.

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