USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Tulsa Roughnecks overcame a poor start to the second half to earn a 3-3 draw with the Miami Fusion in a preseason exhibition on Tuesday afternoon. Taylor Morgan, Cristian Mata and Jasson Ramos Carpio all found the net for the Roughnecks.
“We showed a lot of character with the comeback,” said Roughnecks Coach David Irving “Our young guys, Kaleem, Jasson and Cristian, looked very dangerous. We made several changes at the back at halftime to look at some of the boys we have on trial, and we continued to attack. They broke away to penalize us with the three goals.”
Tulsa, which was coming off a 5-1 win against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sunday, took the initiative early, and opened the scoring in the 26th minute when former Toronto FC forward Morgan found the back of the net.
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The Roughnecks carried their lead into the second half, but the Fusion grabbed the momentum after the break as they struck three times in the opening 20 minutes to put the Roughnecks on the back foot. Tulsa fought back, however, and Mata pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go to make it 3-2.
Guatemalan forward Ramos Carpio then scored his third goal of the preseason in the final minute as he put home a chance created by Kaleemullah. The Pakistan National Team captain almost grabbed a winner for the Roughnecks a minute later, but his strong header came back off the post.
“In the end, it is not a great result, but I think we learned a lot about ourselves,” Irving said. “It was a good exercise, and we suffered no injuries.”