Sporting Kansas City II (4-5-1, 13 points) picked up a second straight win against an Oklahoma opponent on Saturday, prevailing by a 2-1 scoreline over FC Tulsa (2-2-4, 10 points) at ONEOK Field in Tulsa. A week after defeating OKC Energy FC 3-0, Fredinho Mompremier and Wilson Harris bagged goals for Sporting II in the cross-conference victory as the team gained ground in pursuit of a playoff position in the USL Championship Group E standings.
Four days after Sporting KC fielded five Homegrown Players for the first time in team history, Sporting KC II started six SKC Academy products on Saturday.
The visitors weathered a spree of early chances from the hosts, including a close call at the seven-minute mark when 18-year-old goalkeeper Brooks Thompson was dispossessed by a sliding challenge from Dario Suarez. Thompson, making his fifth start of the season, scrambled to secure the loose ball to thwart the imminent danger.
FC Tulsa continued to create chances and twice threatened to take the lead in the 14th minute. Dillon Serna did well to block a shot from Marlon Santos to snuff out a promising attack and the ensuing corner was directed just wide of the near post.
Instead, it was Sporting KC II who opened the scoring in the 20th minute with Mompremier, who played for FC Tulsa in his rookie season a year ago, striking against his former side. Serna’s pinpoint pass from the left flank was nestled home with a side-footed volley by the 23-year-old Haitian for his first goal of the year.
In search of an equalizer, FC Tulsa nearly leveled the score on two well-taken free kicks mid-way through the first half. Suarez’s set piece from 20 yards out carried just over the crossbar in the 23rd minute and three minutes later, Thompson was called into action to tip Rodrigo Da Costa’s acutely-angled free kick over the bar.
The end-to-end action at ONEOK Field was on full display in the 28th minute as Wilson Harris broke behind the Tulsa backline and forced a save from Sean Lewis. Moments later, Suarez was 1v1 with Thompson on the other end and successfully rounded the goalkeeper only to see his shot toward the empty net knocked away with a superb defensive play by Kaveh Rad.
FC Tulsa would breakthrough 10 minutes later as club captain Ariel Martinez pounced on an under-hit backpass intended for Thompson and made no mistake with a confident first-time finish to even the score at 1-1 on the cusp of halftime.
Sporting KC II, now four points out of playoff position, will continue the team's seven-game road trip on Friday against cross-state rivals Saint Louis FC. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT at West Community Stadium with a live stream available on ESPN+.
2020 USL Championship
Match 10 of 16
ONEOK Field | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Weather: 82 degrees and partly cloudy
|Sporting Kansas City II (4-5-1, 13 points)||1||1||2|
|FC Tulsa (2-2-4, 10 points)||1||0||1|
Sporting Kansas City II: Brooks Thompson; Camden Riley, Kaveh Rad, Danny Barbir, Dillon Serna; Petar Cuic (Duval Wapiwo 87), Jake Davis, Christian Duke (C); Fredinho Mompremier (Enoch Mushagalusa 86), Wilson Harris (Dominik Resetar 73), Tyler Freeman (Jaret Townsend 73)
Subs Not Used: Remi Prieur, Sam Raben, Kayden Pierre
FC Tulsa: Sean Lewis; Matt Sheldon, Bradley Bourgeois, Solomon Kwambe (Vangjel Zguro 69), Kevin Garcia; Raphael Ayagwa, Lebo Moloto (Mfon Udoh 69), Rodrigo Da Costa (Toby Uzo 78), Ariel Martinez (C); Dario Suarez, Marlon Santos (Cristhian Altamirano 80)
Subs Not Used: Bryan Byars, Callum Chapman-Page, Ciaran Winters
SKC - Fredinho Mompremier 1 (Dillon Serna 2) 20'
TUL - Ariel Martinez 2 (unassisted) 39'
SKC - Wilson Harris 5 (Dillon Serna 3) 55'
SKC - Camden Riley (caution; unsporting behavior) 25'
TUL - Solomon Kwambe (caution; unsporting behavior) 36'
SKC - Fredinho Mompremier (caution; delaying restart) 86'
SKC - Christian Duke (caution; unsporting behavior) 90'
SKC - Jake Davis (caution; unsporting behavior) 94'
TUL - Vangjel Zguro (caution; dissent) 98'
|Shots on Goal||3||6|
Referee: Chris Ruska
Assistant Referee: Shane Kennard
Assistant Referee: Seth Barton
Fourth Official: Jose Lara