For the second time this week, the Tulsa Roughnecks FC has added an attacking player to its 2017 roster. The Roughnecks announced today that they have come to contract terms with forward Ian Svantesson (Su-von-TUSS-un).
The 23-year-old Svantesson is a native of Orlando, Florida and will be in his second professional season. Tulsa head coach David Vaudreuil is familiar with the 6’ 6” striker as he spent his rookie season last year with Rayo OKC, where Vaudreuil served as an assistant coach with the NASL side.
“Ian is a young player that I coached for four months last season,” said Vaudreuil. “He has a lot of talent, and I believe he has a bright future as a goal scorer.”
Svantesson, who can also play on the backline, made seven total appearances for Rayo, netting one goal.
He played collegiately for the University of Alabama-Birmingham, earning Conference USA all-conference honors in each of his four seasons.
Svantesson also played for Orlando City in the Premier Development League. He made 23 appearances for the PDL side, scoring three times.
The Roughnecks are scheduled to open the 2017 USL regular season on Saturday, March 25 when they host Colorado Springs at ONEOK Field. A number of ticket packages are available at RoughnecksFC.com. Fans can also inquire about tickets at this Saturday’s Fan Fest which will run from 9am until 1pm at ONEOK Field.
Forward Ian Svantesson joins Roughnecks