Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Roughnecks are back in Tulsa
February 26th, 2014 2:03PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  usl

MOST COMMENTED

[USL PRO 2015] USL PRO's new franchise in Tulsa will be called -- what else? -- the Roughnecks after the name of the old NASL team.

The name Roughnecks received almost 50 percent of the total votes in the name-the-team contest, almost as many votes as the other three names -- Tulsa Strike, FC Tulsa and Oil City FC -- combined. The new team’s official name with be Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

“We realize the name may be unpopular with some fans and also realize that it comes with lofty expectations," said Mike Melega, general manager of the baseball Tulsa Drillers, who are majority owners. "We are not trying to present this team as the past Roughnecks, because we have so much to prove as both a team and an organization. But, like that franchise, we do want to work to build a club and an operation that everyone in the city can be proud of.  We hope the name will help introduce the game and the city’s soccer history to a new generation of fans.”

The original Tulsa Roughnecks began play in 1978 and remained in the NASL until its demise after the 1984 season, capturing the NASL championship in 1983.

The new Roughnecks will play their home games at ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa. They are currently taking deposits for season tickets.


1 comment
  1. nick p
    commented on: February 26, 2014 at 6:38 p.m.
    I think it is a good name that shows some respect for the history of soccer in Tulsa and our city's historic role in the oil business


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USL: Four unbeaten teams all triumph    
The Rochester Rhinos extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a 2-0 victory against the ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"I think boring is 10 years without a title -- that's boring. If you support a ...
U.S. Paralympic team prepping for world championship     
Coach Stuart Sharp has named a 16-player roster for the U.S. Paralympic national team's April 29-May ...
MLS Week 8: Altidore breaks out with two golazos    
Jozy Altidore scored his first two goals since opening with two goals in his debut with ...
Video Pick: Wonderful solo golazo from Down Under     
A 28-year-old striker who plays for Australia's Adelaide United might find himself a candidate for FIFA ...
U.S. Abroad: Johnson's assist hands Bayern title    
Alejandro Bedoya scored his third goal of the season in Nantes' 1-1 tie at Toulouse, and ...
USL: Richmond and Louisville remain unbeaten    
Richmond and Louisville City both remained unbeaten with shutout wins on Saturday. The Kickers defeated FC ...
NWSL: Press makes it four goals in two games    
Abby Wambach is sitting out the season. Alex Morgan has yet to play as she rests ...
NASL: Sellouts and Tsiskaridze bomb highlight weekend play    
There were sellouts at Indy Eleven (10,524), Minnesota United (9,233) and Atlanta (5,511) for a trio ...
MLS Week 8: Fireworks break out on Saturday    
MLS went into Saturday averaging just 2.15 goals a game, but the four games produced 20 ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives