As FC Wichita moves into the South Region semi-finals, only four wins away from their ultimate goal, FC Wichita welcomes Midland-Odessa FC to Stryker Stadium on Saturday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m. Winner will play either in Miami against Miami Fusion FC or will host Inter Nashville FC next week.
Until then, FC Wichita continues to focus on Midland-Odessa FC. Here’s a small synposis of the Sockers.
Saturday’s ticket promotional is buy two, get one free. Buy tickets online and spend $20 to get three people into Saturday’s regional semi-final. Tickets can be purchased Saturday’s game here at FCWichita.com or come to the box office at 6:30 p.m. on game day.
Midland-Odessa FC, the Sockers. Not Shockers, Wichita State fans.
They play at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas. They’re owned by the same group of owners who own the Midland Rockhounds, a Double-A baseball team. It’s not a coincidence the same ownership group owns Grande Communications Stadium.
Originally named the West Texas Sockers, the club re-branded to Midland-Odessa Sockers in 2013. Upon their entry to the NPSL this season, the club was once again re-branded “Midland-Odessa FC.”
The man at the helm for the Sockers is Matt Barnes. He’s currently the head coach at St. Mary’s University, a privaty university based in San Antonio. He’s been with Midland-Odessa since 2014 and is 28-15-12 in four seasons.
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The Sockers play in the Lone Star Conference. A lot of the clubs Midland-Odessa plays are very familiar to FC Wichita. They’re all the clubs who formed the Lone Star this season when FC Wichita joined the Heartland Conference. Clubs like Dutch Lions FC and Shreveport Rafters FC were regular opponents for FC Wichita.
Midland-Odessa reached this point by beating Shreveport 2-1 in extra time on Saturday night. The match was delayed by 30 minutes as the officials showed up late. However, a penalty kick by Isaac Sanchez in the first extra time session gave Midland-Odessa an early lead as they held on for dear life.
Heading into Saturday’s match, MOFC has not lost since June 24, a 4-3 decision to Dutch Lions FC. They’re led in scoring by James O’Grady, with seven goals. MOFC has many people with goals, 11 different players have scored at least once this season. Ricardo Palomino (6), Darius Strambler (5) and Maliq Cooper (4) lead MOFC in scoring. O’Grady can score in bunches. Against Tyler FC, he scored a hat trick in only 15 minutes.
You might expect a physical match from MOFC on Saturday. They have 23 yellow cards and they’ve seen three red cards this season, most of any team left in the 2017 NPSL Playoffs. On June 3, they had two. Johnny McBeth was suspended six months for assaulting a referee.
You can buy tickets to Saturday’s game here at FCWichita.com or come to the box office at 6:30 p.m. on game day. We’re offering once again buy two tickets, get one free. So, three tickets for $20.