FC Tulsa tops Memphis for second straight win

TULSA – “Clutch” in Portuguese is “Embreagem”. Marlon Santos é muito embreagem.

The Brazilian forward, subbed on in the second half, scored two goals in the final 10 minutes, the second in stoppage time, to snatch a crucial three points at home with a 2-1 victory over Memphis 901 FC.

It appeared as if Marlon’s first goal in the 80′ minute might be enough to earn a tidy 1-0 victory, but a Memphis goal in the 87′ minute equalized the scoreline and set up Marlon for the match winner. The late goals make it back-to-back home matches that Marlon has scored a match winner in the final minutes of the match after his go ahead strike in the 88′ minute on August 7 in a 3-1 win over Birmingham Legion FC.

Three more points put FC Tulsa firmly in the driver’s seat in third place in the Central Division and inch them closer to second place Birmingham. FC Tulsa now trails second, and the home Playoffs match that comes with it, by just five points.

GOALS

80′ TUL - Marlon Santos (Jorge Corrales)

87′ MEM - Kyle Murphy

90′+2 TUL - Marlon Santos (Bradley Bourgeois)

MARLON ZONE

The final minutes of the match are officially the Marlon Zone (copyright pending). The Brazilian attacker scored two more late goals to give three goals in the 80′ minute or later over the last two home matches. Overall Marlon has six goals on the season, the second-most on FC Tulsa behind Rodrigo da Costa’s eight.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSE

Both of Marlon’s tallies were assisted by defenders, first Jorge Corrales and then Bradley Bourgeois. FC Tulsa’s defenders have been impressive in creating goals, with a combined seven assists from Corrales (3), Bourgeois (2) and Matt Sheldon (2). The seven assists are 1/3 of the total assists for FC Tulsa this season.

SCORE FIRST, SCORE OFTEN

When FC Tulsa scores first...watch out. With tonight’s victory, FC Tulsa improved its record when scoring first in 2021 to 8W-0D-1L. Scoring multiple goals is also a good sign of success as FC Tulsa improved its record to 9W-0D-1L when score multiple goals in a match.

CENTRAL DIVISION STANDINGS UPDATE

Team                            Matches Played               Record             Points

Louisville City FC                  19                            12-3-4                 40

Birmingham Legion FC          19                            10-6-3                33

FC Tulsa                                 19                              9-9-1                 28

Atlanta United 2                     21                              6-8-7                 25

Indy Eleven                            19                              6-9-5                 23

OKC Energy FC                     20                             5-7-8                 23

Memphis 901 FC                    17                             5-6-6                 21

Sporting KC II                        21                            3-12-6                15

UP NEXT

It will be another tight turnaround as FC Tulsa plays its third match in seven days on Saturday at ONEOK Field against Atlanta United 2. Two frustrating road losses to Atlanta this season will have Tulsa champing at the bit for revenge despite the fixture congestion. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.