USL Championship: What's in the news ...

1. The Tulsa Roughnecks released 25-year-old Fabian Bastidas after he used a racial slur against OKC Energy's Atiba Harris during Saturday's Black Gold Derby. Harris had tweeted after the game that a Roughnecks player used a racial slur towards him twice during the match. In announcing Bastidas' termination, Roughnecks president Barry Williams said Bastidas' actions were a violation of the league’s zero-tolerance policy. Bastidas was born in Brooklyn to Colombian parents and went to high school in Florida. He played in Uruguay and Portugal before joining the Roughnecks in 2019. He scored two goals in nine games. Bastidas issued a statement on his Facebook page, explaining his version of what happened but standing by the USL's zero-tolerance policy.

-- Results: USL Championship (Week 8)

2. New Mexico United drew a new record crowd of 12,921 at Isotopes Park for its 3-3 tie with the Western Conference leader Timbers 2. United led 2-0 but needed the third of three goals from Jamaican forward Kevaughn Frater in stoppage time to earn a point. Former U.S. U-20 Eryk Williamson had two goals to give him three goals and five assists for the Timbers 2.

3. Aaron Cervantes, 17, started his second game in a row in goal for Orange County SC in its 2-2 tie at Fresno FC. Cervantes, whom Orange County signed two years ago to a pro contract from Pateadores, was called up for the U.S. under-17 national team camp in early April but not selected to final roster for the Concacaf U-17 Championship that begins this week in Bradenton, Florida.
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