FRISCO - After a few weeks of normalcy, it’s time for FCD to pick back up in another competition as the Fourth Round of 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begins on Wednesday night.
Red River Open Cup History
The defending champions will, for the third straight season, face a USL team from Oklahoma in their opening match of the tournament, but this time it’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC coming to town instead of affiliate OKC Energy FC as we’ve seen the previous two seasons. Last year’s opening thriller needed seven rounds of penalties after 120 minutes of a 2-2 game.
How They Got Here
In their third season of play, the Roughnecks are playing in the Fourth Round for the very first time following a thrilling win on penalties of their own. Tulsa outlasted San Antonio in eight rounds of penalties after 120 minutes of scoreless action in the Third Round match. The Roughnecks beat OKC Energy FC’s U-23 PDL team 5-2 in the Second Round to advance. This will be Tulsa’s first-ever match against an MLS foe.
Scouting the Roughnecks
Tulsa currently sits eighth in the USL’s Western Conference with a 5-6-0 record, but have lost three of their last four games. They’re led in scoring by forward Ian Svantesson with five tallies in eleven games. Midfielders Joey Calistri and Juan Pablo Caffa each sit right behind with four goals. Fabian Cerda has been the go-to in net for Tulsa in recent weeks, keeping a clean sheet with three saves over 120 minutes in the club’s Open Cup match against San Antonio.
Just like FC Dallas' top foe is in-state rival Houston, Dallas' USL affiliate, Energy FC, is the top rival of Roughnecks FC. Instead of playing for El Capitán, the two Oklahoma clubs fight in the Black-Gold Derby, with the season winner taking claim to the rivalry's trophy, a four-foot pipe wrench painted in OKC colors on one side, Tulsa colors on the other. The wrench symbolizes the state's rich history in the oil and gas industry. In two seasons of play, Energy FC has taken home the wrench in both years with a combined 6-1-2 record in eight total in-state meetings since 2015.