During the USL's opening weekend, the Toros will visit the Tulsa Roughnecks in Oklahoma on Saturday. Here's all you need to know:
The Good Guys- RGVFC Toros (0-0-0)
The Houston Dynamo affiliate will be making their competitive match debut this Saturday in Oklahoma. That being the case, what to expect to see from the Toros is up in the air. Jitters might be present for some players making their professional or American debuts. Others may be on the opposite end of the spectrum and come out too hyped up and try to do too much. It will be important for head coach Wilmer Cabrera to use his experience and calm his young players down and remind them to just play their game. You can expect a strong attempt to possess the ball in the midfield to control the pace of the match in their first time out. If he doesn't start, don't be surprised to see Juan "Charly" Flores sub in late to try and find the net as a high energy attacker.
The Bad Guys: Tulsa Roughnecks (0-0-0)
The Roughnecks are coming off their first USL season, where they finished in 7th in the Western Conference, not qualifying for the playoffs. They are coached by English born former Everton striker David Irving, who coached USL side Wilmington from 1998-2014 before joining Tulsa. The club was led in points last season by former Seattle Sounders forward Sammy Ochoa. Adding to this year's attack is Guatemalan forward Jasson Ramos Carpio. He impressed in the preseason with his goal scoring ability and will look to take that form into the regular season. The goalkeeper will likely be Jake Feener, who had two shutouts last season as he split the goalkeeping duties. Tulsa finished .500 both on the road and at home last season, so we will see if they look to establish a better home field advantage in their second campaign.
The Dirty Details:
3/26 7pm CST
ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma
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