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Professional soccer returns to Tulsa

Published: 12.23.13

Professional soccer is returning to Tulsa! The Tulsa Drillers have announced the purchase of majority interest in an expansion franchise in the USL Pro League. The Tulsa team will begin play in the spring of 2015 with home games slated to be played at ONEOK Field.

The Drillers will be majority owners of the new team with Prodigal LLC holding a minority interest in the squad. The USL Pro team will mark the highest level of professional soccer in the city since the Tulsa Roughnecks played their final season in the Old North American Soccer League in 1984.

"The Tulsa Sports Commission was honored to play a role in the expansion of the Tulsa market," said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. "The announcement is a prime example of the renaissance occurring in downtown Tulsa and shows the use of existing facilities."

The new team will share ONEOK Field with the Drillers. The USL Pro regular season runs from late March through mid-August. Playoff games are held during the month of September. In 2014, the USL Pro regular season will consist of 28 matches with each team playing 14 home matches.

There is also a possibility that Tulsa could host exhibitions and U.S. Open Cup games as well.

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