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FC Tulsa's Full 2021 USL Championship Schedule Unveiled

By FC Tulsa, 03/30/21, 12:58PM CDT

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FC Tulsa to play 11 Saturdays in 16 home matches

TULSA – The USL Championship officially unveiled FC Tulsa’s full 2021 regular season schedule on Tuesday afternoon, which includes 16 home matches at ONEOK Field. Starting on April 24 and wrapping up on October 30, FC Tulsa will play each of its seven Central Division opponents four times a piece in addition to four other matches outside of the division for a total of 32 regular season matches in 2021.

It will be a road-heavy start to 2021 for FC Tulsa as five of its first six matches, and nine of its first 14 will be on the road to open the season. That will flip at the end of the season as nine of its final 14 will be in the friendly confines of Greenwood, Tulsa. Of the 16 home matches, 11 are on Saturday nights, with the other five played on Wednesday nights. Home kickoffs will occur at 7 p.m. CT at ONEOK Field.

“Coming into a new conference, it’s good to start off with a few games versus familiar opponents,” said FC Tulsa head coach Michael Nsien. “We know 100 pct. that starting the season against Energy FC will get us boiling early. It’s important that we come out right away seeking our best but knowing we will be even better as the weeks go on. Away at Indy on May 8, against a traditional Eastern Conference powerhouse, will be another challenge that we are looking forward to early as well. We will do our best to get to a good level and continue to find improvements and consistency as we navigate the Eastern Conference.”
 

Highlights from FC Tulsa’s 2021 USL Championship schedule:

  • As previously announced, FC Tulsa will open the 2021 season on the road at OKC Energy FC on Saturday, April 24 before playing its home opener a week later on May 1 against Sporting KC II.
     
  • Two-time USL Championship Title winners Louisville City FC travel to Tulsa for the first time in 2021 in a Saturday night showdown on June 19. FC Tulsa will return the favor on August 14 as the club will make its first trip to the recently opened $65 million Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville.   
     
  • Tulsa fans will have a chance to welcome four new opponents to ONEOK Field in August as Indy Eleven visits on August 4, Birmingham Legion FC on August 8, Memphis 901 FC on August 25 and Atlanta United 2 on the August 28.
     
  • A rematch will be on the table when El Paso Locomotive FC visits Tulsa on October 9 as FC Tulsa will have a chance for redemption from its 2020 Playoffs defeat in penalties.
     
  • Four Black Gold Derbies await in 2021: April 24 and July 2 in Oklahoma City and July 17 and October 30 in Tulsa. The Halloween Eve showdown is the season finale for both teams as FC Tulsa will be looking to defend its Black Gold Derby victory in a home finale against Energy FC on October 30.