It has been over three months since the USL season was halted due to the pandemic, which meant training stopped as well.
FC Tulsa is back on the pitch, preparing for 16 matches in a 13-week regular season schedule. All eyes are on bringing a championship to Tulsa.
FC Tulsa Defender Bradly Bourgeois said, "[you] kind of have the butterflies in your stomach again, you kind of have more of a purpose and you are back here for a common goal and that never changed for us."
The biggest hurdle will be dealing with COVID-19, as the team has already seen 2 players and an assistant coach sidelined due to the disease.
FC Tulsa President James Cannon said, "we need to make sure we stay out in front of COVID-19 as another opponent this year. So I think making sure we get the testing right and make sure we get the travel pieces right, it’s going to be a great team effort."
For vice-captain Bourgeois, getting back onto the pitch was most crucial in the downtime. The team did all they could by breaking down games through film and zoom meetings.
Bourgeois said, "we could only control our group and the four teams we have in there it was a lot of film on yourself."
Dario Suarez, FC Tulsa forward, said, "he put a lot of videos how he wants to play the formations the tactics the analytics for the other teams."
FC Tulsa head coach Michael Niesen said, "we are actually able to reflect on where we are right now and get to understand the player a little bit more."