PREVIEW: Saint Louis FC vs Tulsa Roughnecks

PREVIEW: Saint Louis FC vs Tulsa Roughnecks
 

 Saint Louis FC (4-4-4) 16pts VS. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (2-8-1) 7pts

Date: Saturday, June 11

Time: 7:30 PM CT

Venue: World Wide Technology Park, Fenton, MO

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HISTORY:

Saint Louis FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC share a rich history, with a game against Tulsa being the first ever home win for STL FC last season. Both teams entered the USL in 2015 and quickly became regional rivals. The current STL FC team captain, Chad Bond, played with the Roughnecks in their inaugural season. He was voted MVP for the team during that time.

In the most recent match-up between the teams, Saint Louis traveled to Tulsa to take home an exciting 5-2 win. During the match, Irvin Herrera scored four goals and was named USL Player of the Week for his efforts. Tulsa played most of the game with a man down, due to a red card issued in the first half.

Herrera and Tulsa's Sammy Ochoa both have six goals this season, sharing the fourth spot in the USL leading scorers.

The first match-up this season was the STL FC sold out home opener on April 16th. The game ended in a grueling 0-0 draw.

Both teams looks to make a mark on the season four game series on Saturday, with Tulsa trying to snag a win in the 1-0-1 series while Saint Louis looking to move up in conference standings.

 

THE OPPONENT:

The Tulsa Roughnecks FC are lead by Head Coach David Irving, a former striker from Workington, England. Before coaching with Tulsa, he was with the Wilmington Hammerheads from 1998 to 2014.  The Roughnecks are coming off of a home loss this past weekend. Oklahoma City Energy FC denied Tulsa any goals at ONEOK Field, keeping the score 2-0. Tulsa made a push in the second half, but was unable to get behind the OKC defense and goalkeeper Cody Laurendi, who made to two saves for the shutout.The Roughnecks remain in 14th place in the 15-team West.

LAST TIME OUT:  

Saint Louis FC is coming off a 2-0 loss on the road to Colorado Springs Switchbacks this past Saturday. The Switchbacks scored two goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, putting pressure on the tired Saint Louis defense.

 

Coach Schilly made 3 changes at the half and a 4th by the 55th minute.  Herrera, Roberts, Musa and Hardware all came on to see if they can spark the side down by two with Tyler David coming on in the 75th to try to put something on the board.  STL FC had most of the possession with a handful of counter chances from the Switchbacks FC.  The half ended as a stalemate with the damage being done in the first 20 of the match.

 

The team had played three matches within a week and had to travel to a higher altitude, fatigue and altitude may have played a factor. They will be taking on Tulsa on a full week's rest as they look to begin a new winning streak against their regional rival.

 

PLAYER STATUS REPORT:

Schillo Tshuma – Questionable

Ryan Thompson – International Duty