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Roughnecks Meet Timbers 2 in Portland Sunday at 2PM

By Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 09/01/17, 7:00PM CDT

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MATCH PREVIEW
Sunday, September 3
Portland Timbers 2 vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Providence Park – Portland, OR
Kickoff at 2:00 p.m. CDT*

The Tulsa Roughnecks FC will play the second match of its three-game road swing through the Pacific Northwest, facing Portland Timbers 2 at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. CDT. 

*NOTE:  The kickoff for this match has been moved up by two hours to 2:00 p.m. CDT because of excessive heat in the Portland area.

It will be the fourth of six straight away matches for TRFC.  The Roughnecks have recorded a 1-1-1 mark in the first three games of the stretch.

Front page photo of Ian Svantesson by Brooke Carroll

It will also be the second and final meeting this season between the two sides with Tulsa recording a 3-1 home victory back on May 27.  The result marked the first-ever win for the Roughnecks over Timbers 2. 

Sunday’s match will be the fifth-meeting all-time with Timbers 2 holding a 3-1-0 record in the previous four matches.  It is only the second time that Tulsa has visited Portland with Timbers 2 picking up a 2-0 home victory during the 2015 season.

The Roughnecks have only lost twice since the beginning of July, posting a 6-2-3 record during the 11 matches.  With a win on Sunday, the TRFC would establish a franchise record with 12 wins on the season.  The current total of 11 wins equals the 11 victories Tulsa recorded in 2015 during its inaugural USL season.

The Roustabouts have scheduled a Watch Party on Sunday at Elgin Park for fans of all ages.  Elgin Park is located across the street from ONEOK Field at 325 E. Brady St. 

The game can also be viewed live on YouTube through the USL Match Center.  Fans can go to YouTube and search for USL Match Center in order to find the broadcasts.

WELCOME BACK JUAN / KOSUKE NEXT?
After missing three straight games with an injury, Juan Pablo Caffa returned to action in Wednesday’s victory at Seattle, setting up Francisco Ugarte’s winning goal with a corner kick.
The Roughnecks may also get defender Kosuke Kimura back for Sunday’s match.  Kimura has missed the previous six matches with a knee injury, but he should be available for Head Coach David Vaudreuil against Timbers 2.

CLEAN SHEETS
Goalkeeper Fabian Cerda recorded his seventh clean sheet of the regular season in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Sounders 2.  As a team, the Roughnecks have eight clean sheets this season, setting a franchise record.

MORE RECORDS
Ian Svantesson will match a record with his next goal.  Svantesson has 10 goals during the regular season, only one goal away from matching the Roughnecks franchise record set by Sammy Ochoa last year.


Francisco Ugarte will look for his second goal in two matches on Sunday in Portland. (Matt Christensen)