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Group D Breakdown: Head Coach Michael Nsien analyzes the group

By FC Tulsa, 06/26/20, 2:45PM CDT

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The FC Tulsa gaffer gives his insight on the upcoming matchups

TULSA – With FC Tulsa being placed into Group D for the return to play in 2020, matchups await against rivals OKC Energy FC and three Texas USL Championship clubs. FC Tulsa will play three matches each against its Group D foes, and here’s a breakdown of what to look for in each opponent:

OKC Energy FC

2020 Results: Loss 1-2 vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Travel Distance: 106 miles

Coach Nsien’s thoughts:
“They kept key pieces to their team, and the additions of [Joseph] Amico and [Zachary] Hayden will make them one of the more difficult teams to break down once they get their defensive rhythm. [Charlie] Ward, [Arun] Basuljevic, and others create a midfield capable of playing through most situations. They have options up front with [Frank] Lopez and [Jaime] Chavez, which gives them the ability to play direct if needed or to hold up the ball and connect with the midfield.”

Austin Bold FC

2020 Results: Win 1-0 vs New Mexico United FC
Travel Distance: 466 miles

Coach Nsien’s thoughts:
“They kept their roster fairly intact. Austin [Bold FC] has lots of experience all over the field, and they look to be very dynamic from the wide areas. They added [Ismaila] Jome to the left side to complement [Sean] McFarlane on the right. Kléber and [André] Lima, with good service, always will know where the goal is. After a playoff appearance last year, they will be looking to want more.”

San Antonio FC

2020 Results: W 1-0 vs Real Monarchs SLC
Travel Distance: 520 miles

Coach Nsien’s thoughts:
“They are a well-balanced team. They have a key player in [Cristian] Parano that’s very young. He’s supported by a backline in their prime and midfielders with heavy USL and international experience. Their forward line boasts players with the highest levels of experience in South America, and we’ll be aware of the game changing pace of Preston Tabort Etaka.”

Rio Grande Valley FC

2020 Results: L 5-1 vs LA Galaxy II
Travel Distance: 755 miles

Coach Nsien’s thoughts:
“You cannot be fooled by the date of birth of some of these players, RGV has no fear in putting young players on the field. Some of these players have now been around for a few years in the league. RGV’s style of possession paired with youthful exuberance can make for a difficult game. When you play them, you have to be committed for 90 minutes.”


Group D Standings ahead of Return to Play

Club Matches Played Win Loss Draw Goal Differential Points
San Antonio FC 1 1 0 0 1 3
Austin Bold FC 1 1 0 0 1 3
FC Tulsa 1 0 0 1 0 1
OKC Energy FC 1 0 1 0 -1 0
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros 1 0 1 0 -4 0

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