KANSAS CITY – Same story, second verse, two weeks apart.
On Wednesday night, FC Tulsa traveled to play an MLS2 team featuring several MLS players and left without a result. Sporting Kansas City II, who started seven players on MLS contracts, took the three points with a 3-1 victory. While the scoreline was different, the match was eerily similar to FC Tulsa’s first loss of the season on May 19 against Atlanta United 2, when it featured eight players from its parent club.
FC Tulsa appeared back on track when it took the lead in the 14′ of the match after first-time starter Lucas Coutinho scored on a counter from fellow Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo da Costa. However, that goal came largely against the run of play as Sporting KC II dominated the run of play. The pressure paid off as Sporting KC II equalized just before the halftime whistle.
The second half was all Sporting Kansas City II as it took the lead only four minutes after halftime and didn’t let up, ultimately scoring three times in the final 45 minutes, finishing off a come from behind 4-1 victory.
14′ TUL - Lucas Coutinho (Rodrigo da Costa)
45′+2 SKC - Cameron Duke (Grayson Barber)
49′ SKC - Grayson Barber
54′ SKC - Kaveh Rad (Felipe Hernandez)
74′ SKC - Rojay Smith
FIRST START, FIRST GOAL
Lucas Coutinho earned his first start with FC Tulsa and took full advantage, bagging his first goal in the USL Championship. Coutinho signed this offseason after two years with South Georgia Tormenta FC in USL League One.
FULL 90 FOR KIESEWETTER
Jerome Kiesewetter was FC Tulsa’s biggest offseason acquisition, but a combination of injury and bad luck has kept the U.S. international outside of the Starting XI so far this season. On Wednesday night, Kiesewetter finally earned his first start, playing the full 90 minutes in the defeat.
Newcomers Leo Folla and Stanley Oganbor each made their debuts for FC Tulsa in Wednesday’s match while defender Solomon Kwambe made his 2021 debut in his second year with the club.
ANOTHER DEFENSIVE BREAKDOWN
The nine goals that FC Tulsa has allowed in its last 180 minutes of soccer is one more than the eight goals the club had allowed in its previous 10 regular season matches combined. Heading into this match, Sporting KC II had scored just two total goals in its previous six matches in 2020.
FC Tulsa will have to rebound quickly for a Sunday matinee at Birmingham Legion FC. It will be the first ever meeting between the clubs, with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.
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