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Celebrate The Independence Holiday With Soccer And Fireworks Friday And Sunday!

By tulsaadmin, 06/29/16, 7:30PM CDT

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MATCH PREVIEW

Tulsa Roughnecks FC 
Independence Weekend Holiday Schedule

Friday, July 1 vs. Arizona United SC (Kickoff at 7:30pm)
Sunday, July 3 vs. San Antonio FC (Kickoff at 7:30pm)

ONEOK Field, Downtown Tulsa

HOLIDAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULARS**Special 4th of July Fireworks Displays following each match**

The Tulsa Roughnecks FC will celebrate the 4th of July Holiday Weekend with a pair matches at ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa.  On Friday, July 1, the Roughnecks will host Arizona United SC. Two days later, on Sunday, July 3, TRFC will host San Antonio FC.  Huge Fireworks Spectaculars will follow each match in celebration of the Independence Holiday. 

Tulsa enters the weekend with 8 points in 14 matches with a 2-10-2 record.  Arizona and San Antonio will enter with identical 4-5-5 records and with 17 points each.

Arizona is currently on a four-match unbeaten streak, including draws in its last two matches, 1-1 at Rio Grande Valley and 1-1 vs. Sacramento Republic.  United has suffered only two losses in its last nine outings.

San Antonio will come to Tulsa on a two-game winning streak and without a loss in its last three matches.  SAFC has recorded a 2-1 win vs. Colorado Springs and a 3-2 victory over Orange County in its last two outings.

The Roughnecks most recent action was a two-game set with the Los Angeles Galaxy II.  The set began with a 2-2 draw in Tulsa before Los Dos recorded a 2-0 win in Los Angeles last Friday.

Vs. ARIZONA UNITED SC – Friday’s match will represent the first of two meetings between the two sides this season.  Last year, Tulsa played to a 1-1 draw in Arizona before setting a franchise record for goals in a 6-3 victory in the return leg at ONEOK Field.  This year’s return leg will be played on July 30 in Arizona.

Vs. San Antonio FC – Sunday’s match will be the second of three meetings this season between the Roughnecks and San Antonio.  SAFC claimed a 3-1 home victory over Tulsa on April 30.

CAPTAIN OCHOA – TRFC captain Sammy Ochoa continues to lead the team in most offensive categories.  Ochoa’s seven goals and three assists are both tops on the squad.  The seven goals are fifth best among all USL players.

MANGELS RETURNS – Goalkeeper Alex Mangels saw his first action since May 18 in the loss at Los Angeles last Friday.  Mangels suffered a hamstring injury in the Roughnecks U.S. Open Cup appearance.  He and Jake Feener have split time between the posts this season, each appearing in seven games during the regular season. 

ALWAYS THERE – Only four TRFC players have appeared in all 14 regular season USL contests this year.  The group consists of defenders Gary Cennerazzo, Matt Whatley and David Abidor and midfielder Brady Ballew. 
Cennerazzo leads all players in minutes played.  The right back has played in 1,209 of a possible 1,260 regular season minutes.

LAGRASSA DEBUTS – Midfielder Matt LaGrassa made his Roughnecks debut in Los Angeles, entering as a second-half substitute against the Galaxy II.  LaGrassa has joined Tulsa on loan from the Sacramento Republic. 

VILLALOBOS OUT – Midfielder Gustavo Villalobos will miss Friday’s match with Arizona United after being issued a red card late in Friday’s outing in Los Angeles.
Every other roster member is expected to be available for Coach Irving and his staff as injuries should not affect the team selection for the first time this season.

THE BROADCASTS – Friday’s match will be the USL Game of the Week and will be televised live on ESPN 3.  It will be the second straight home match for the Roughnecks’ that will be televised on the ESPN platform.  
Fans can listen to both the Friday and Sunday matches live on AM 1300 with Jeremie Poplin and David Saunders calling the action.  The pregame show will begin at 7:15PM.
Sunday’s meeting with San Antonio can be viewed on YouTube through the USL Match Center.

MARCH TO THE MATCH
At 7:15pm on both Friday and Sunday, all fans are invited to participate in the March to the Match that will be led by The Roustabouts and La Union 918.  The March will begin at the Oil Derrick Entrance at the corner of Archer and Elgin. 

PRE & POST MATCH ACTIVITIES
Lefty’s on Greenwood will be open to host fans of all ages prior to Friday’s match with food and drink specials.  
For Sunday’s match, the Roughnecks Rally Tailgate with The Rousabouts and La Union 918 will be open along Elgin Avenue with activities for fans.
After both games, Roughnecks players will attend After Match Parties at Lefty’s, which is located across the street from ONEOK Field at the corner of Archer Street and Greenwood Avenue.