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By Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 08/11/17, 10:30AM CDT


Two teams locked in tight battle for playoff spot in USL’s Western Conference

Saturday, August 12
vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC
Kickoff – 7:30 p.m. at ONEOK Field

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Tulsa Roughnecks FC will host a Black Gold Derby Match on Saturday for the only time this season as state rival Oklahoma City Energy visits ONEOK Field.  Kickoff for the match is set for 7:30 p.m.

Both teams will enter the match in their best forms of the season.  The Roughnecks have lost only one time in their past seven matches, dating back to July 1.  TRFC is 4-1-2 during the stretch, including a 2-1 win over the Energy on July 9 in the first of three meetings between the rivals this season.  The run also includes a 2-1 victory over Saint Louis FC on Thursday at ONEOK Field.

The Energy come into the match with an impressive run of their own, unbeaten in their past five outings.  The run has seen them win three times and draw twice and includes a 2-0 victory over USL leaders Real Monarchs SLC in their last match.

The winner of the Black Gold Derby each year is presented with a special wrench from the two club’s supporters groups, The Roustabouts and The Grid.  With its win in the first meeting, Tulsa could clinch the 2017 series with a win in Saturday’s game.  A draw or a win for Oklahoma City would carry the outcome into the final meeting which will take place at OKC’s Taft Stadium on September 17.

Tickets for the Black Gold Derby match are currently available online by clicking HERE, over the telephone at (918)744-5901 or in person at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office. 

NOTES: The Roughnecks could be without their captain, Juan Pablo Caffa, for Saturday’s match.  Caffa left Thursday’s game with Saint Louis early in the first half with an apparent leg injury. . .Joey Calistri scored the second goal in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Saint Louis, his first goal since finding the net in TRFC’s win at Oklahoma City on July 8.  Calistri now has six goals on the season, tied with Caffa for second-most on the team. . .Jorge Corrales scored the first goal of Thursday’s match with a Goal of the Week nominee in the first half.  Corrales struck a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area that found the corner of the net.  It was the first goal of the regular season for the defender, though he did score from the midfield stripe during a preseason game with STLFC.



Saturday, August 12 BLACK GOLD DERBY vs. OKC Energy - Kickoff at 7:30PM (Archer Gate will open at 5:30PM for the Roughnecks Rally; all other gates will open at 6:30PM)
Roughnecks Rally begins at 5:30PM at the Busch Scoreboard Bar inside ONEOK Field featuring $1 beer and hot dogs, plus a face painter and balloon artist.

It’s Library Reading Program Night with students who completed the Tulsa City-County Library Summer Reading program able to use their Roughnecks ticket coupon for free admission.  Those students and their families may purchase additional tickets for $2 off.
The first 1,000 students to enter through the Archer, Arvest and Oil Derrick Entrances will receive Roughnecks Back-to-School Lanyards compliments of Vet Promo, FOX23 and Mix 96.
The Oklahoma Blood Institute will be conducting a Blood Drive in conjunction with the match from 1:30-6:30 p.m. on Archer Avenue.  All fans who donate blood will receive two free tickets to the Roughnecks match on Saturday, September 23 with the Los Angeles Galaxy II.
It is also TSC Club Night for TSC players and families.  Contact the Tulsa Soccer Club for complete details.

Saturday’s Black Gold Derby is presented by Vet Promo, FOX23 and Mix 96!

The Orange and Green Wrench is presented to the winner of the Black Gold Derby each season. (Steven Christy)