The Fort Worth Vaqueros FC play their inaugural National Premier Soccer League regular-season game Friday night, hosting the Tulsa Athletics at LaGrave Field.The Athletics, defending NPSL South Central Conference champions, beat the Vaqueros 2-1 on May 2 in an exhibition game at Tulsa. Vaqueros midfielder Ricky Mejia scored the goal in Tulsa, off a Hilton Ngwa assist. Vaqueros defender Jaime Benitez said the backline must do a better job defending Tulsa’s deep passes.“I’m definitely excited to finally have a team out here in Fort Worth,” Benitez said. “We need to have a great performance for the fans and hopefully they will continue to come out.”Vaqueros coach Mark Snell’s key to the game: “Play to our strengths. We are a technically skilled team and need to play fast combinations. As always, when playing a direct team, we need to win the second ball and stay organized in the back.”The first 2,500 fans to enter will receive a team poster courtesy of Dr Pepper Snapple Group of Fort Worth.Fort Worth North Side High School’s national award-winning Mariachi Espuelas de Plata will perform the national anthem, and the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base Navy Honor Guard will present the colors.
Tulsa Athletics at Fort Worth Vaqueros FC
at LaGrave Field, 7:30 p.m.