The Revolution never led in Friday’s contest, but pulled within a goal of the Professional Arena Soccer League’s best team at one point in the match before the Mustangs slammed the door. The teams ended the first 30 minutes of action with Chicago leading Tulsa 6-4, and just 17 seconds into the third frame Dave Leung half volleyed the ball past a sprawled Jesus Flores to pull the Revolution within a goal.
That would be as close as the Revolution would come.
The Mustangs began a barrage of six goals in the third quarter that had the game well out of reach by the end of the game’s 45th minute. Tulsa would score twice more in the period with Leung completing a hat trick, and then add two additional goals in the fourth quarter, but it was more of an afterthought as the Mustangs put the boot on the Revs neck and did not let up.
When the final horn sounded on Friday night, Chicago had done an excellent job of showing why they are on a collision course with the Professional Arena Soccer League’s Championship with their performance.
Now head coach Michael Nsien is left to try and bring the Revolution’s inaugural season to an end on a high note. “Chicago showed a level of play tonight that I’m envious of as a coach.” Nsien said, “They were a team that is very low maintenance and very productive. We can always come back to a game like this to show our players what level of talent and character that we need to be at.”
The Revolution will host the Wichita B52s next Friday night for the final home game of the season before completing their first season in the PASL on the road for the final two games against the Texas Strikers, the only team the Revolution has defeated this season on February 15th, and the Hidalgo La Fiera on February 16th.
Tickets can be purchased at the Cox Business Center Box Office, and the Revolution website at tulsarevolution.pointstreaksites.com.
Photos by Les Stockton.