Photo courtesy of Mark Guthrel
FENTON, Mo. – In front of 4,152 fans – which pushed the United Soccer League over the 1.5-million mark for attendance during the 2017 regular season – Saint Louis FC scored two second-half goals en route to a 2-1 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis on Wednesday evening. The visitors took the lead just before halftime, as Joey Calistri netted from inside the box. The home side responded well out of the break, though, and found an equalizer in the 55th minute via Mats Bjurman. With the final whistle moments away, Seth Rudolph came up with the massive goal to hand the home side the win. With the result, Saint Louis FC improves to 8-10-5 overall this season, while Tulsa is now 10-10-3 this campaign.
43' – TUL – Joey Calistri (Modou Jadama)
55' – STL – Mats Bjurman
90' – STL – Seth Rudolph (Sebastian Dalgaard)
Three Things That Mattered:
1. With almost 31,000 fans combined attending the first three USL games of the evening on Wednesday – including the 4,152 at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis – the league surpassed the 1.5-million mark in total attendance for the 2017 regular season. Noting the surge in attendance across the league, USL President Jake Edwards said, “The passion our fans have demonstrated throughout this season has been unprecedented, and tonight shows just how far the league has come on and off the field in the past three years."
2. The night proved to be one for the USL history books, but Saint Louis FC has plenty of reasons to walk away happy after securing a victory on the road to a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The home side was resilient, scoring two goals in the second half to move within three points of Orlando City B, which sits in eighth and final playoff position in the East. The club now has nine games remaining to move even higher up the table as it looks to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in its history.
3. Two yellow cards and a subsequent red card for Modou Jadama seemed to doom Tulsa, as it allowed the game-winner following the dismissal. Roughnecks FC still sits comfortably above the red line in the Western Conference, though. Nine games remain in the regular season for Tulsa, which is also looking to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in its history. However, of those nine games, five will be played on the road, where the club has struggled, posting a 2-6-3 record to date.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:
Mats Bjurman, Saint Louis FC – The midfielder scored the game-tying goal for Saint Louis FC in the 55th minute. Bjurman also completed 87.2 percent of his passes and helped out on the defensive end by recording two interceptions and one blocked shot.
Saint Louis FC at Rochester Rhinos – Aug. 26, 6:05 p.m. ET, Capelli Sport Stadium
Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Aug. 30, 10:30 p.m. ET, Starfire Sports Complex