Tulsa Roughnecks FC (TRFC) will begin its second season of play this Saturday, March 26, by hosting the Rio Grande Valley Toros (Houston Dynamo 2) at ONEOK Field. Kickoff for the 2016 opener for the Roughnecks is scheduled for 7:00PM in downtown Tulsa.
The first match of the season will feature free Roughnecks commemorative 2016 Season T-Shirts for the first 1,500 fans compliments of Hillcrest, 2 Works for You and 106.9 K-Hits. T-Shirts will be given to fans as they enter ONEOK Field through the Oil Derrick and Arvest Gates.
In addition, Mazzio’s will provide free 2016 Schedule Magnets for fans as they exit the stadium.
Tulsa will enter its second season of play in the USL, looking to claim its first playoff berth. Last season, the Roughnecks just missed a Western Conference postseason spot, staying in the race until the season’s final day but falling just three points short.
The match marks the first of 30 for the Roughnecks this regular season as the USL expands its season schedule by two games.
TRFC enters the opener after playing an eight-match preseason slate, compiling a 4-1-3 (W-L-D) record. The Roughnecks will debut in the match their new, home uniforms that were revealed Wednesday.
The roster for Tulsa Head Coach David Irving includes a mix of returning player and new additions. The squad includes seven players who saw action with the team last year. The returnees include 2015 top scorer Sammy Ochoa, 2015 USL Rookie of the Year finalist Brady Ballew and local product Cristian Mata. Other returnees include Iarfhlaith Davoren, Jake Feener, Henri and Mason Grimes.
The list of newcomers is highlighted by Pakistan National Team captain Kaleemullah and several players with experience around the globe.
Pre-match activities on Saturday are slated to begin at 4:30PM with the Roughnecks Rally on Elgin Avenue, just outside ONEOK Field. The Roustabouts, the team’s official supporters group, will be on hand as will radio stations 106.9 K-Hits and La Zeta Tulsa (101.9 FM and 1270 AM). Soft drinks, beer and snacks will be for sale at the Rally.
There will be a number of games and activities for fans of all ages to enjoy. They include soccer tennis, cornhole, a face painter, a balloon artist and temporary Roughnecks tattoos.
At 6:30pm, all fans are invited to participate in the March to the Match that will be led by the Roustabouts and players from the Roughnecks youth affiliate soccer clubs. The March will begin at the Oil Derrick Entrance and conclude at The Rig, the seating section of the Roustabouts. At its conclusion, a group photo will be taken of all March participants.
The National Anthem will include the presentation of a large American flag on the field.
Activities will continue after the match. The Roughnecks players will be available for photos and autographs on the field at the conclusion of the match. Later, the Roughnecks players will also be at an After Match Party at Lefty’s on Greenwood, giving fans another chance to meet the squad.
Tickets for the opening match, and all other matches this season, are available online at TulsaRoughnecksFC.com, over the telephone at (918)744-5901 or in-person at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office. A number of season ticket packages are also still available.
TULSA ROUGHNECKS 2016 SEASON OPENER AT ONEOK FIELD
Saturday, March 26 vs. Rio Grande Valley Toros Kickoff at 7:00PM (Gates open at 5:30PM)
OPENING MATCH / T-SHIRTS / SCHEDULE MAGNETS
Tulsa Roughnecks FC begins its second season of play by hosting the Rio Grande Valley Toros. The first 1,500 fans to enter through the Oil Derrick and Arvest Gates will receive Roughnecks commemorative 2016 Season T-Shirts from Hillcrest, 2 Works for You and 106.9 K-Hits.
In addition, Mazzio’s will provide 2016 Schedule Magnets for fans as they exit the stadium. Roughnecks players will be available for photos and autographs after the match at the front of the seating bowl and at Lefty’s on Greenwood at the official After Match Party.