The Tulsa Roughnecks return to USL regular season play for the first time in two weeks when they travel to Kansas City to face the Swope Park Rangers Sunday afternoon. Kickoff at Children’s Mercy Victory Field is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. CDT.
It is the start of a busy week for TRFC that will include three matches. After the trip to Kansas City, the Roughnecks will go to Texas for a pair of matches. On Wednesday, they will face FC Dallas from Major League Soccer in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. On Saturday, the Roughnecks will be in San Antonio to face USL Western Conference leader San Antonio FC at Toyota Field.
Swope Park is currently in 10th spot in the USL’s Western Conference table with 13 points and a 4-4-1 record. The mark includes a 4-1-0 home record, with the only loss a narrow 1-0 defeat to undefeated San Antonio.
The Roughnecks come into the match with 15 points and a 5-5-0 record, good for fifth spot in the Western Conference. TRFC is 1-3-0 in away matches and has been outscored 10-3 in the four outings.
It is the first of two matches between Tulsa and Swope Park this season with the return leg scheduled for June 27 at ONEOK Field. The Rangers swept all four meetings between the two sides last season.
Sunday’s match can be viewed live on YouTube through the USL Match Center. In order to access the match, you can go to YouTube and search for USL Match Center.
The Roughnecks are expected to be at full strength for Sunday’s match in KC. Midfielder Brady Ballew suffered a hip strain in the US Open Cup victory over San Antonio, but he has recovered to the point that he will likely be an available selection for Head Coach David Vaudreuil.
AMONG THE LEADERS
Ian Svantesson’s five goals rank him 11th in USL in goals scored this season. Just behind Svantesson are teammates Joey Calistri and Juan Caffa who are tied for 14th in the league with four goals each. The trio has accounted for 13 of Tulsa’s 15 goals in the regular season.
Caffa ranks seventh in the USL with three assists.
COMPARING THE TWO TEAMS
The Rangers have surrendered only ten goals in nine matches this season, while registering three clean sheets, the same number as the Roughnecks in ten matches.
Swope Park’s 84% passing accuracy leads all USL teams, while Tulsa’s 76% ranks 11th.
Tulsa has scored 15 goals in 10 matches (1.5 goals per game), while SPR has found the back of the net 12 times in 9 outings (1.33 goals per game).
Juan Caffa and the Roughnecks travel to Kansas City Sunday to face Swope Park, the USL side for Sporting KC of MLS. (Photo by Lori Scholl)