Oklahoma City Energy vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Black Gold Derby
Saturday, July 23
KICKOFF - 7:30PM CDT
Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, OK
Radio Broadcast on CBS Radio AM 1300 The Buzz
It is the second edition of the 2016 Black Gold Derby as Tulsa Roughnecks F.C. (TRFC) travels down the Turner Turnpike to take on cross-state rivals the Oklahoma City Energy at Taft Stadium. It is the second of four meetings this season between the two clubs in what supporters have dubbed the Black Gold Derby.
THE TWO TEAMS
TRFC will enter the match with 15 points and a 4-11-3 record through its 18 matches this season. The Energy will come in with 28 points and a 7-2-7 mark through 16 matches. The two losses for OKC are tied for third-fewest in USL this season.
The Energy claimed a 2-0 victory in the season’s first meeting on June 4 at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field. The Energy got first-half goals from Wojciech Wojcik and Daniel Gonzalez to claim the victory.
Both teams will enter the match in good form. TRFC will enter with only one defeat in its last four matches, while OKC comes in unbeaten in its last six matches.
Last 5 Matches
TRFC W – D – L – W – L
OKC Energy W – W – D – D – D
The Roughnecks have recorded back-to-back shutouts in their past two outings, a 0-0 draw at Rio Grande Valley and a 2-0 home victory over Saint Louis. They have not surrendered a goal in the past 190 minutes of match action.
Midfielder Matt LaGrassa has been recalled from his loan assignment with the Roughnecks by the Sacramento Republic. LaGrassa appeared in five matches with Tulsa.
OCHOA STILL IN FORM
TRFC captain Sammy Ochoa picked up his ninth goal of the 2016 campaign in the win over Saint Louis. The nine goals ties Ochoa with Irving Herrera of STLFC for the fourth most in the league this year. Ochoa’s five assists also lead the Roughnecks and tie him for third most in USL.
NEWCOMER SCHAFER HONORED
One of the newest Roughnecks, center back Isaiah Schafer was honored with a spot on this week’s USL Team of the Week, following his performance in Friday’s 2-0 shutout win over Saint Louis. Schafer signed with Tulsa on July 7 after receiving his release from the Pittsburgh RiverHounds earlier this season.
TRFC’s Alex Mangels continues to lead all USL goalkeepers with 70 saves this season. His .833 save percentage is also the best in the league.
The Roughnecks will play in their away, all navy kits for Saturday’s match. Oklahoma City will be in its green and white kits.
Fans in Tulsa can listen to the match live on AM 1300 with Jeremie Poplin calling the action. The pregame show will begin at 7:15PM.
The match will also be shown live online through the USL Match Center on YouTube.