TULSA – Another of Tulsa’s major offensive contributors from the 2019 season will be back for 2020. Tulsa Roughnecks FC announced on Tuesday that midfielder Cristhian Altamirano has been re-signed for next season, pending league and federation approval. The Honduran international turned heads in his first season with Tulsa in 2019, as Altamirano, 29, scored seven goals and added seven assists.
“The re-signing of Cristhian Altamirano, immediately legitimizes our capability to attack at speed as he puts teams on the back foot defensively,” said Tulsa head coach Michael Nsien. “Cristhian has scoring, one-versus-one and assisting ability which he showed scoring seven goals and assisting seven times also. He has so much experience as a player, and he is a winner. We want players that are serial winners, players that are consummate professionals and players that love our city and want to achieve great things in our city.”
Altamirano has also achieved success on the global stage as he had earned six caps for the Honduras National Team. Three of those appearances came in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana where Altamirano played a vital role in Honduras claiming the championship of the tournament. In the opening Group Stage match of the tourney, the midfielder registered his first assist for his country in a 2-1 win over Nicaragua.
Last season was Altamirano's first in the U.S. after a 10-year professional career in Honduras that began in 2008. His best season prior to 2018 came in 2015/16 with Club Deportivo Real Sociedad where he also had seven goals and seven assists.
In 2019, Altamirano was one of just seven players in the USL Championship to score at least seven goals and also contribute six assists. He finished inside the top 40 scorers in the Western Conference while he finished tied for 10th in the West with his seven assists.
Altamirano joins fellow returning attacker Marlon as the two players that Tulsa Roughnecks FC have announced to its 2020 roster.