Tuesday, July 2, 7:30 p.m.

Big soccer has returned to Tulsa. The Tulsa Athletics, an amateur professional soccer team picking up where the Tulsa Roughnecks left off in the mid 1980s, boldly assumed the field of old Drillers Stadium for its first game back in May against the Liverpool Warriors of Dallas and won. Then it won again and again against fellow National Premiere Soccer League teams in Houston. If reviving a sport in a town that has relied exclusively on local clubs to keep the banner waving was hard, the Athletics’ July 2 game against Club América of Mexico City will be an even greater challenge. The green and yellow take on Club América’s U-20 reserve squad. The club is Mexico’s largest football club and one of its most successful. Driller Stadium, 15th Street and Yale Avenue, isn’t the Estadio Azteca – Club América’s 105,000-seat stadium home – but we’re proud of it and of the Athletics. Tickets are $15-$20, and game is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2. Read more at www.tulsa-athletics.com.

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