FC Tulsa Travels to El Paso Locomotive FC for First Round Playoff Match
TULSA - Slates are clean. Standings don't matter. It's now about "survive and advance." Saturday night will begin a 16-team single elimination bracket to determine a 2020 USL Championship Final winner, and for the first time since 2017, Tulsa is dancing.
FC Tulsa will start this fresh postseason campaign in El Paso, Texas with a date against El Paso Locomotive FC after clinching a playoff spot in its regular season finale on Saturday. Riding a club-record three match winning streak and seven-match unbeaten streak, FC Tulsa enters the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league, but will be an underdog against an El Paso squad carrying an 11-match unbeaten streak into Saturday night.
Kickoff in El Paso at Southwest University Park is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT
ABOUT EL PASO LOCOMOTIVE FC
El Paso Locomotive FC has been one of the best teams in the USL Championship in 2020. Like FC Tulsa, El Paso has lost just twice in its season, with its last defeat coming all the way back on August 1. Since that day, Locomotive FC are 8W-0L-3D and haven't allowed a goal in their last five matches. El Paso's current 11-match unbeaten run is tied for the longest active streak in the USL Championship. Anchored by keeper Logan Ketterer, the Locomotive FC defense kept eight total clean sheets this season and allowed just 14 goals in 16 matches, the best mark in the Western Conference.
FC TULSA'S PLAYOFF HISTORY
FC Tulsa's trip to the postseason is the second in franchise history and first since 2017. In its inaugural playoff trip three years ago, the Tulsa Roughnecks traveled to San Antonio FC, losing 1-0. FC Tulsa defender Bradley Bourgeois and keeper Bryan Byars were a part of that 2017 Roughnecks club that made the postseason, although each played elsewhere during the 2018 and 2019 seasons before returning to Tulsa this past offseason.
BOURGEOIS' PLAYOFF STREAK
Defender Bradley Bourgeois is certainly no stranger to the USL Championship postseason. Saturday's match will mark the fifth consecutive USL Championship playoff trip for the defender, who has yet to miss the postseason as a professional. He made it as a rookie with Rio Grande Valley FC in 2016 before playing a role in Tulsa's inaugural playoff trip in 2017. With Nashville SC, Bradley Bourgeois advanced to the playoffs in 2018 and 2019.
HOW TO WATCH
FC Tulsa is holding a Playoff Watch Party at ONEOK Field on Saturday night. Gates open at 8 p.m. CT for the 8:30 p.m. kickoff. Fans are welcome to bring blankets and sit on the pitch or sit in the stands. Concession stands will have food and drink specials and limited FC Tulsa merch will be available for sale. The match will be broadcast on TV locally on My41 Tulsa with club commentators David Saunders and Anna Beffer on the call. You can follow @FCTulsa on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for updates and highlights throughout the match.
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