The Tulsa Roughnecks FC will make the 100-mile trip down the Turner Turnpike this Saturday, July 8, for the first edition of the 2017 Black Gold Derby. It is the first of three matches this year with the Oklahoma City Energy. Kickoff for the match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Oklahoma City’s Taft Stadium.
For TRFC fans unable to make the trip to OKC, the match will be shown live on YouTube through the USL Match Center.
The Roughnecks will look to build a winning streak following their 2-0 victory over USL league-leading Real Monarchs SLC last Saturday at ONEOK Field. The Monarchs also provided the opposition for OKC in its last match, with RSL posting a 3-1 win at Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday.
Both the Roughnecks and Energy will enter the Black Gold Derby with 18 points. TRFC has a 6-8-0 record through 14 matches, while the Energy is 5-7-3 after 15 matches. Tulsa currently is in the 9th position in the USL’s Western Conference standings, and OKC is in the 11th spot.
The Roughnecks will look to improve a 1-5-0 record for away matches this season. Tulsa won its first road match of the year at Rio Grande Valley, but has dropped its last five meetings away from ONEOK Field.
Conversely, the Energy have been a tough matchup at Taft Stadium. OKC lost its first home match of 2017 to RGV, but is unbeaten in its last five games in OKC for an overall record of 4-1-1 at Taft Stadium.
Chad Bond, who served as captain on the Roughnecks inaugural team during the 2015 USL season, has joined the Energy. Bond signed with OKC on June 1 after leaving Saint Louis FC. He has appeared in six matches with the Energy.
SVANTESSON MAKES IT 6
Ian Svantesson scored his team-leading sixth goal of the regular season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Real Monarchs. His six goals lead the Roughnecks and are eighth most among all USL players.
HAYES TO BE AVAILABLE
Midfielder Jacori Hayes is expected to be available for Saturday’s match. Hayes, who joined the Roughnecks on loan from FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, made his USL debut in last Saturday’s victory, starting and playing the full 90 minutes.
Last Saturday’s win was the sixth of the season for the Roughnecks, topping their total of five wins during the entire 2016 season. It was also TRFC’s fourth clean sheet of the year, matching the totals from each of the club’s first two seasons.
The Roughnecks travel to Oklahoma City Saturday for the first edition of the 2017 Black Gold Derby.