After Tulsa Athletic, the amateur soccer club that resides in the fourth-tier of the American soccer pyramid, upset the USL's FC Tulsa, they had to prepare to play the MLS's Sporting KC. Sporting KC has a budget around $200 million while Tulsa Athletic's is closer to 75k.
Tulsa Athletic’s Alejandro Chavez lifts a fence while Ciaran Winters climbs under it during a recent practice at Hicks Park. Head coach Jason Rogers — who had a key to the gate — was running late because of his job as Edison High School’s head coach, so the players crawled under the fence to start practice.
Tulsa Athletic coach Jason Rogers and assistant coach John Woodhead unload practice gear at Hicks Park before practice.
Tulsa Athletic players warm up during practice.
Tulsa Athletic's Chris Taylor plays with his daughters, Rose and Hazel, while getting them ready for school at their home.
Tulsa Athletic's Keaton Brown crawls under a fence after getting a ball during practice.
Tulsa Athletic's Rueben Torres and Ciaran Winters go after a loose ball during a drill.
Tulsa Athletic and Edison High School soccer coach Jason Rogers fills out a roster before a recent game at Memorial High School.
Tulsa Athletic players change and help load gear after a practice session.
Tulsa Athletic's Aaron Ugbah sits alone on the bleachers after practice.