TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Roughnecks FC comes to its final match of the regular season looking to wrap up its sixth place in the USL Western Conference ahead of the USL Cup Playoffs as it hosts Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at ONEOK Field on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC news and notes
Current record: 14-13-4, 46pts
The Roughnecks clinched their first trip to the USL Cup Playoffs last Saturday night with a 1-0 win against Seattle Sounders FC 2 at ONEOK Field.
The lone goal of the match came through Christian Thierjung early in the first half, and the Roughnecks then preserved the lead after being reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time when Collin Fernandez received a second yellow card.
The Roughnecks sit level on points with Black Gold Derby rival OKC Energy FC going into the final game of the season, but hold the edge in total wins, meaning a victory would keep the side in sixth going to the postseason.
Should Tulsa fail to take victory, it could fall to eighth place in the Western Conference should seventh-place OKC Energy FC at least draw with Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Sunday evening, and eighth-place Sacramento Republic FC defeat Reno 1868 FC on Saturday night.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC news and notes
Current record: 11-12-8, 41pts
The Switchbacks continued their late-season run of form with a 1-0 win against Sacramento Republic FC last Saturday night in their home finale at Weidner Field.
The only goal of the match came in the 36th minute through Kevaughn Frater for his 10th goal of the regular season. The victory wasn't enough to keep Colorado Springs in postseason contention, however, as OKC Energy FC's victory on Sunday evening eliminated the Switchbacks.
Josh Suggs was named to the USL Team of the Week following his assist on the winner and a strong defensive performance, with the Switchbacks restricting Sacramento to just four shots in the contest.
Colorado Springs will be without midfielder Rony Argueta on Saturday night due to a one-game suspension for caution accumulation. Argueta had played every minute of the regular season over the first 31 games in 2017.
Tulsa – GK: Bryan Byars, Fabian Cerda, Donovan Ricketts; D: Paris Gee, Modou Jadama, Jorge Corrales, Francisco Ugarte, Bradley Bourgeois, Kosuke Kimura; M: Jacori Hayes, Jonathan Levin, Joey Calistri, Joaquin Rivas, Brady Ballew, Jaime Ayala; F: Juan Pablo Caffa, Ian Svantesson, Pavel Kondrakhin, Christian Thierjung
Colorado Springs – GK: Moise Pouaty, Dan Jackson, Justin Luthy; D: Josh Phillips, Pascal Eboussi, Josh Suggs, Davy Armstrong, Diego Gutierrez, Sean McFarlane, Conner Bevans, Shawn Chin, Jordan Burt; M: Luke Vercollone, Eddy Prugh, Damen Marcu, Jake Cawsey, Taeseong Kim; F: Masta Kacher, Kevaughn Frater, Aaron King, Shane Malcolm, Tobenna Uzo, A.J. Ajeakwa, Jack Jones
Tulsa – Suspended: Collin Fernandez; Accumulation warning Juan Pablo Caffa, Jorge Corrales
Colorado Springs – Suspended: Rony Argueta
REF: ERIC TATTERSALL
AR1: Ryan Cook
AR2: Michael Cap
4TH: Curtis Mayo
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