MichaelGallagher, T2 vs. SAC, 4.17.16

USL MATCH PREVIEW | T2 travel to face Orange County Blues FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC

PORTLAND, Ore. – After earning their first victory of the season Sunday at Merlo Field, T2 will play a pair of road matches this week, taking on Orange County Blues FC on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), and Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific).

The match on Wednesday at Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine marks the first of two regular-season meetings between T2 and Orange County in 2016, as both teams are set to meet again Sunday, Aug. 14, at Merlo Field, while Saturday’s game serves as the lone meeting between T2 and Tulsa this season. 

T2 (1-3-0, 3pts) enter this week’s road matches looking to build off Sunday’s win over Sacramento Republic FC. During the match, forward Kharlton Belmar, who was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 4, found the back of the net to start the second half and T2 posted their first clean sheet of the season in handing Sacramento its first loss of the 2016 campaign.

Orange County Blues FC (1-2-1, 4pts) come into Wednesday’s contest after defeating San Antonio FC 1-0 for their first win of the 2016 USL season. Blues FC midfielder Didier Crettenand, who converted a penalty kick for the club’s game-winning goal against San Antonio, leads Orange County with two goals on the season.

Tulsa Roughnecks FC (1-2-1, 4pts) enter Saturday’s fixture following a scoreless draw against Saint Louis FC. Last season, T2 earned a pair of victories over the Roughnecks in their two meetings, scoring three unanswered goals in 3-1 victory at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Okla., on May 30 and capping the season series with a 2-0 win at Merlo Field on Aug. 22.

Both matches will be available via a live, high-definition web stream at www.timbers2.com

Next week, T2 will play their final match of a three-game road trip, facing Arizona United SC on Saturday, April 30, at Peoria Sports Complex; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).