Sporting Kansas City II closed out their 2020 preseason with an unbeaten 2-0-2 record following a 2-1 victory over fellow USL Championship outfit FC Tulsa at Titan Sports Complex in Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon.
Sporting II started quickly and took the lead in the eighth minute when Portuguese winger Ze Pedro stepped up to curl home a free kick from the edge of the area.
After a terrific save from recent first-team signing John Pulskamp early in the second period, FC Tulsa equalized in the 62nd minute when Ariel Martinez finished from close range.
Dominik Resetar fired wide and Pulskamp produced another solid stop to keep the game level before Sporting II was afforded an opportunity to retake the lead from the penalty spot.
Felipe Hernandez won the ball high up the field and was brought down in the box, allowing last season’s top scorer Wilson Harris to convert the penalty and give his side the lead.
FC Tulsa spurned one final opportunity to equalize late in the game, as Pulskamp was once again up to the task to claw away a close-range header in the 90th minute.
Sporting KC II now returns home as the side ramps up final preparations to open the 2020 USL Championship season at home against the Charlotte Independence on March 8.
Sporting Kansas City II vs. FC Tulsa
Preseason Friendly | Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
Titan Sports Complex (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
SKC – Ze Pedro 8’
TUL – Ariel Martinez 62’
SKC – Wilson Harris (Penalty Kick) 78’
Sporting Kansas City II Lineup
John Pulskamp^; Sam Raben (Mason Leeth** 75’), Petar Cuic (Kaveh Rad 75’), Danny Barbir (Yerko Morales* 75’), Dillon Serna (Luis Olivera 75’); Camden Riley (Wan Kuzain^ 27’), Christian Duke (Felipe Hernandez^ 68’), Cameron Duke^ (Duval Wapiwo 75’); Fredinho Mompremier (Tyler Freeman^ 75’), Dominik Resetar (Wilson Harris 75’), Ze Pedro (Enoch Mushagalusa 60’)
^ Sporting KC first team player
** Unsigned Academy player
Sporting Kansas City II Preseason Schedule
|DATE||OPPONENT||TIME (CT) /
|Feb. 15||OKC Energy FC||T 1-1||Stryker Sports Complex (Wichita, Kan.)|
|Feb. 22||Iowa Western CC||W 4-1||Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.)|
|Feb. 27||North Texas SC||T 1-1||Toyota Soccer Center (Frisco, Texas)|
|Feb. 29||FC Tulsa||W 2-1||Titan Sports Complex (Tulsa, Okla.)|