FC Tulsa has acquired forward Phillip Goodrum via transfer from fellow USL Championship club Memphis 901 FC after earning All-League First Team honors a season ago. | Photo courtesy Hartford Athletic
TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa announced on Monday the club had acquired forward Phillip Goodrum via transfer from fellow USL Championship club Memphis 901 FC. In a corresponding transaction, Tulsa transferred attacking midfielder Rodrigo da Costa. The transactions are pending league and federation approval.
Goodrum joins Tulsa having last season earned USL Championship All-League First Team honors while finishing second in the race for the USL Championship’s Golden Boot. The Nashville, Tenn. native scored 22 goals across the regular season and playoffs, while also registering seven assists between regular season and postseason play.
Led by Goodrum’s goalscoring prowess, Memphis recorded its best record in franchise history a season ago and finished second place in the Eastern Conference.
“Phil is someone who exemplifies our game model,” said FC Tulsa Head Coach Blair Gavin. “Defensively, he sets the tone with his relentless work rate, and offensively, his movement and finishing qualities will give us a big lift. Along with these skills, his leadership and drive to win will be an excellent addition for our team.”
Goodrum’s USL Championship career began in 2020 after being selected with the 75th overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft by Atlanta United FC. The forward signed with Atlanta United 2 shortly thereafter where he made 33 appearances across the 2020 and 2021 seasons with six goals and six assists.
“I am very excited to start this next chapter in Tulsa,” said Goodrum. “Joining an ambitious club that has similar aspirations to myself is something that every player desires. I'm looking forward to getting on the field with the players and staff right away in search of three points.”
Da Costa departs Tulsa, joining Memphis after recording 36 goals and 25 assists in 126 appearances since joining the club in 2019.
“Rodrigo is someone that has brought joy and inspiration into the Tulsa community,” said Gavin. “His skill on the field has provided amazing memories and his kindness to those around him has created a special connection with many. His impact will forever last in Tulsa and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”