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Roughnecks Host Rematch with Reno 1868 Saturday

By Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 08/03/17, 2:45PM CDT

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MATCH PREVIEW
Saturday, July 1
vs. Reno 1868 FC
Kickoff – 7:30 p.m. at ONEOK Field

ROUGHNECKS THUNDERSTICKS
Soccer City, Lil’ Kickers, 97.1 The Sports Animal and Tulsa’s Channel 8 want to help you make ONEOK Field louder!  The first 500 fans to enter through the Oil Derrick and Arvest Entrances will receive a pair of Roughnecks Thundersticks to help amp up the noise level when TRFC takes on Reno 1868 FC.

Activities on Saturday will get underway at Elgin Park, located across the street from ONEOK Field, with the Pre-Game Party.  Elgin Park will be offering food and drink specials for all Roughnecks fans.

After the match, the fun will continue at the new Busch Scoreboard Bar at ONEOK Field with the Official After Party.  The After Party is open to fans of all ages and it is your chance to mingle with the Roughnecks players and other Roughnecks fans!

Tulsa Roughnecks FC hopes to carry its strong play from the month of July into August.  TRFC was unbeaten in five matches during July with a 3-0-2 record.  The five-match unbeaten streak ties for the longest in franchise history, equalling a five-match run (3-0-2) from August 2-15 during the 2015 season.

The Roughnecks will hope to get revenge against Reno in the second and final meeting of the regular season between the two teams.  Reno recorded a 4-0 home victory against Tulsa on May 24.  It is the first-ever visit to Tulsa for first-year 1868. 

Both teams will enter the match sitting in playoff spots in the Western Conference standings of the USL.  Tulsa is currently in eighth spot with 26 points and an 8-8-2 record.  Reno 1868 will come in with 30 points and 8-5-6 record.

The game telecast will be available through the USL Match Center on YouTube, but Cox subscribers in Tulsa can watch the game live on YurView Channel 1333.  Every home match for the remainder of the regular season, with the one exception, will be shown live by Cox.

To follow the game on social media, use the hash tag #TULvRNO.

Tickets for this week’s game, and all other games this season, are available online at RoughnecksFC.com, over the telephone at (918)744-5901 or in-person at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office. 

HOME FOR 3:  The Roughnecks will play their next three matches at ONEOK Field.  After Saturday’s game with Reno, Tulsa will host Saint Louis FC on Thursday, August 10 in the first of two meetings between the Interstate 44 rivals.  Two days later, on Saturday, August 12, it is the only game of this year’s Black Gold Derby at ONEOK Field as the Oklahoma City Energy makes the trip down the Turner Turnpike. 

RECORD AT ONEOK FIELD:   TRFC has been in good form at home, winning five of its past six matches at ONEOK Field.  On the season, Tulsa is 6-3-0 at home.    

KIMURA OUT:  Tulsa defender Kosuke Kimura is expected to miss Saturday’s match after suffering a knee strain in Monday’s draw with the Real Monarchs.  The Roughnecks are hopeful that Kimura will be able to return to the lineup next week.

COLORS:  The Roughnecks will wear their orange shirts and orange shorts in the match.  Reno will wear its all grey kits.

Joey Calistri and the Roughnecks will look to extend their unbeaten streak on Saturday when they host Reno 1868 FC.