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Roughnecks in California Saturday for Rematch with Orange County

By Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 06/22/18, 11:15AM CDT

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MATCH PREVIEW
Saturday, June 23
at Orange County SC

Kickoff – 9:00 p.m. CDT
at Champions Soccer Stadium


The Tulsa Roughnecks head to California on Saturday, June 23 for a rematch with Orange County SC.  It will be their second straight away match.  Kickoff in Irvine, California is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. CDT.

Saturday’s match will be the second and final meeting of the regular season with Orange County.  OCSC recorded a 5-0 win over the Roughnecks on March 31 at ONEOK Field.  TRFC played much of the match shorthanded as Michael Binns received a straight red card for a foul in the 26th minute and Riggs Lennon was sent off in the 72nd minute.

Tulsa will be without the services of Jhon Pirez for the game.  The forward received a pair of yellow cards in last week’s loss in Phoenix and will serve a mandatory one-match suspension.

The Roughnecks are expected to have the services of Jon Bakero and Brandon Servania on loan from the MLS clubs.  Bakero, on loan from the Chicago Fire, has one goal and one assist this season for Tulsa and made his first start last week.  Servania has played in four matches this year for TRFC, including the last two.

The Roughnecks are still in search of their first win of the season and enter the match on a three-game losing streak.  They have not scored in any of the three losses.

Orange County is currently in sixth spot in the USL’s Western Conference with 24 points from a 7-4-3 record.

Saturday’s game begins a busy eight-day period for the Roughnecks.  They will return home to host the LA Galaxy II on Wednesday, June 27 and then the Las Vegas Lights on Saturday, June 30.  Both of those matches will begin at 7:30 p.m. at ONEOK Field.

Saturday’s match with Orange County will be streamed live on ESPN+ for fans with a subscription to the service.


Paris Gee and the Roughnecks will look to avenge an early-season 5-0 to OCSC. (Matt Christensen)