Tulsa Roughnecks FC

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Tulsa Roughnecks FC
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Full name Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Founded 2013 (5 years ago) (2013)
Stadium ONEOK Field
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ground Capacity 7,833
Owner Tulsa Drillers
Co-Chairmen Dale Hubbard
Jeff Hubbard
Head Coach David Vaudreuil
League United Soccer League
2017 7th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
Website Club website
Current season

The Tulsa Roughnecks FC is an American professional soccer team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They compete in the United Soccer League, 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.

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 serve as co-chairs of the soccer club. Prodigal, LLC., owner of Oklahoma City Energy FC, another USL club, will serves 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. The team colors are Orange and Navy Blue with all kits supplied by New Balance.[6]

Stadium[edit]

The team play at ONEOK Field. a 7,833 seat stadium that is also home to the Drillers.

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.

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

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of January 22, 2018

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Gee, ParisParis Gee  Canada
11 Midfielder Rivas, JoaquinJoaquin Rivas  El Salvador
12 Goalkeeper Cerda, FabiánFabián Cerda  Chile
17 Defender Ugarte, FranciscoFrancisco Ugarte  Chile
Forward Arce, FernandoFernando Arce  Argentina
Midfielder Binns, MichaelMichael Binns  Jamaica
Forward Gamble, MichaelMichael Gamble  United States
Goalkeeper Gentry, ChaseChase Gentry  United States
Defender Jusino, AdrianoAdriano Jusino  United States
Defender Lennon, RiggsRiggs Lennon  United States
Midfielder Maidana, SantiagoSantiago Maidana  Argentina
Midfielder Mirković, IvanIvan Mirković  Serbia
Defender Muñoz, ClaudioClaudio Muñoz  Chile
Forward Pírez, JhonJhon Pírez  Uruguay
Midfielder Ramirez, ChristianChristian Ramirez  El Salvador
Defender Smith, TerenceTerence Smith  Canada
Forward Tavares, EtiEti Tavares  Guinea-Bissau
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with MLS affiliate Chicago Fire.

Staff[edit]

  • United States David VaudreuilHead Coach
  • England David Irving - Director of Football Operations / Technical Director
  • Jamaica Donovan RickettsGoalkeeping Coach
  • United States Koby Smith – Head Athletic Trainer
  • United States Mason Robbins – Soccer Administration and Operations Assistant

Head coaching history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulsa to Join USL PRO in 2015" (Press release). United Soccer Leagues. December 18, 2013. 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. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "David Vaudreuil Named Roughnecks Head Coach". Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 

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