FRESNO, CA– The Tulsa Roughnecks traveled to the California Central Valley this weekend to take on the Fresno FC Foxes. The first half would see the hosts get on the board first with a right-footed shot outside the box by Fresno’s, Jemal Johnson that was assisted by a former Roughneck team captain (2017) Juan Pablo Caffa. However, the Roughnecks were quick to level the score with a header from Janu Silva that was assisted by Cristhian Altamirano. The first half would finish level at 1.
Not long after the second half began Fresno took the lead with a header from Jaime Chávez at close range to the upper 90. Shortly after Fresno scored, Tulsa earned a free kick but before the ensuing set piece could happen, Chukchansi Park suffered a lighting issue that left half of the field in the dark. After a nearly 19-minute lighting delay, the lightless predicament was rectified and the game was once again, underway. Less than 2 minutes after the power came back on Fresno capitalized with a right-footed shot from Jemal Johnson in the center on the box to earn himself a brace for the evening. The game would finish in favor of the hosts, with the Roughnecks falling 3-1 to Fresno.
The Tulsa Roughnecks will be back in action next Wednesday, April 24th at ONEOK Field when they take on the Colorado Switchbacks.
Tulsa Roughnecks — Mason Stajduhar, Luca Lobo, Cyprian Hedrick, Mallan Roberts, Brayan Reyes, Fredlin Mompremier (Moses Makinde – 69’), Jeff Addai, Cristhian Altamirano (Toby Uzo – 65’), Fabian Bastidas (AJ Ajeakwa – 76’), Rodrigo Da Costa, Janu Silva.
Substitutes not used — Andrew MacRae, Renan Ferreira, Manny Gonzalez.
Fresno FC Foxes — CJ Cochran, Elijah Martin, Alex Cooper, Michael Daly, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Jackson Henrique Gonçalves Pereira, Arun Basuljevic, Emir Alihodžić, Jemal Johnson (Renato Bustamante – 84’), Jaime Chavez (Christian Chaney – 76’), Juan Pablo Caffa (Hiroki Kurimoto – 90+1’).
Substitutes not used — Sam Howard, Sam Strong, Diego Casillas, Qudus Lawal.
TRFC: Janu Silva – 39’.
FFC: Jemal Johnson – 33’, 59’, Jaime Chávez – 56’.
Weather: Sunny, 74 degrees