Welcome to the Classic Championship Game of the Day, where today we return to a notable midseason contest from the Western Conference during the 2019 regular season as FC Tulsa played host to Austin Bold FC at ONEOK Field.
Tulsa had been a surprise package early in the 2019 campaign, claiming three wins in their first five outings including a remarkable 5-3 victory against Orange County SC on the road. The club’s fast start had been tempered somewhat in a tough second road trip to California, but Head Coach Michael Nsien’s squad was still undefeated at home and had been able to keep picking up points consistently with a five-game undefeated streak that included four consecutive draws as it welcomed Austin.
Bold FC sat two points back of Tulsa as it arrived after suffering from the typical ups-and-downs of a first-year club, having earned impressive home victories against San Antonio FC and Phoenix Rising FC but also having failed to put together back-to-back victories at any point in their first 12 games. In fact, Austin was coming off its first back-to-back defeats of the season after falling at home to New Mexico United in its last outing and was eager to try and break its downward turn.
The scene is set, so sit back, relax and enjoy a classic clash from the Championship’s history.