Tulsa Roughnecks FC picked up another point Sunday afternoon on its three-match trip to the Pacific Northwest, battling Portland Timbers 2 to a 1-1 draw at Providence Park. The Roughnecks overcame an early deficit thanks to Juan Pablo Caffa’s penalty kick late in the first half to gain the draw.
The result improved TRFC’s season point total to 37 and keeps it in the fifth position in the USL’s Western Conference standings. The draw gives the Roughnecks an 11-10-4 record, while T2 goes to 2-18-5 on the season.
The matched kicked off at noon local time to combat the unseasonably hot temperatures that have affected the Portland area recently. With a starting side that featured four players who have seen action in MLS this season, Timbers 2 opened aggressively, owning a majority of the early possession.
The first chance of the match came from Jack Barmby in the 10th minute when his shot forced a save from TRFC goalkeeper Fabian Cerda. Cerda couldn’t hold the shot, but a Tulsa clearance spoiled any rebound opportunity.
Four minutes later, Bradley Bourgeois was called for a foul near the penalty arc, setting up Barmby. The English midfielder left Cerda with no chance, depositing the direct free kick into the lower corner of the net to give T2 the 1-0 lead.
The goal served as a wake up for the Roughnecks, who controlled much of the play over the final 30 minutes of the first half. Bourgeois had a pair of chances, first heading Caffa’s free kick over the crossbar, then right-footing a corner kick cross wide of goal.
In the 41st minute, Joey Calistri attacked from the left wing and fired a shot that went between a defender’s legs but straight at T2 keeper Wade Hamilton.
Two minutes later, Joaquin Rivas was tripped up just inside the box, setting up Tulsa’s fourth penalty kick of the season. Caffa made it a perfect four-for-four on conversions when he chipped softly into the middle of the goal and past a diving Hamilton to level the score at 1-1. Overall, it was the seventh goal of the season for the TRFC captain.
The second half featured chances for both sides, but no goals. Jaime Ayala had his long-range effort saved by Hamilton in the 52nd minute, while Cerda made the save of the match with a big, one-handed block of Victor Arboleda’s point-blank effort in the 59th minute.
Tulsa’s best chance at a game winner came in the 60th minute when Caffa’s left-footed effort from inside the box caromed off the underside of the crossbar.
Just before full-time, Timbers 2 appealed for a handball in the box on a deflection off Kosuke Kimura, but the referee waived off the appeals, giving each side one point on the afternoon.
Kimura had entered the match in the 73rd minute to see his first action since July 31 when he suffered a knee injury.
The Roughnecks held a slight advantage in possession during the match, 52-48%, while T2 owned a small advantage in shots, 14-13.
Tulsa will now travel to Canada for its final match of the three-game trip to the Pacific Northwest. The Roughnecks will face Whitecaps FC 2, the USL side for the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer, on Wednesday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. CDT at McLeod Athletic Park.
TRFC’s next home match at ONEOK Field is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 when it will host LA Galaxy II in downtown Tulsa.
Portland Timbers FC 1 - Tulsa Roughnecks FC 1
Sunday, September 1, 2017
Providence Park – Portland, OR
POR – Barmby 13’
TUL – Caffa (PK) 44’
TUL – Svantesson (caution) 60’
TUL – Bourgeois (caution) 72’
Portland Timbers FC 2: Wade Hamilton, Harold Hanson, Bill Poni Tuiloma, Lamar Batista, Marco Farfan (Kyle Bjornethun), Renzo Zambrano, Tomas Granitto, Russell Cicerone (Omar Mohamed 86’), Jack Barmby, Victor Arboleda, Augustine Williams.
Shots: 14 Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 4; Fouls: 13; Corners: 9; Offside: 1.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Fabian Cerda, Jorge Corrales, Francisco Ugarte, Modou Jadama, Jaime Ayala (Kosuke Kimura 73’), Joaquin Rivas, Bradley Bourgeois, Joey Calistri, Juan Pablo Caffa© (Christian Thierjung 78’), Pasha Kondrakhin (Collin Fernandez 57’), Ian Svantesson.
Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 5; Saves: 2; Fouls: 11; Corners: 3; Offside: 2.
Sunday's game was played at Portland's Providence Park. (Kevin Acevedo)