Until today Starfire Stadium was a fortress. Since Seattle Sounders took the step to MLS their competitive, professional teams and games have never resulted in a loss. In fact it was back on September 20th of 2008 when the Sounders lost a pro match at Starfire. That roster almost certainly had more MLS talent than the Tulsa side that crushed S2 by a score of 5-1.
That last team to lose had the following players that went on to appear on MLS rosters - Eylander; Scott; Forrest, Nyassi, Gardner, Levesque, Le Toux, Dragavon, Besagno.
Tulsa has Sammy Ochoa. He was a sub, though he did score the fifth goal. The Roughnecks were the better team. They took advantage of an S2 that lacked most of the 1st team talent that is loaned down, in fact they started an Academy player at right back.
Adam Black took advantage of the lack of a true defensive midfielder and scored in the 10th and 34th minute. Pablo Rossi split those goals, with a superbly placed strike when the Roughnecks left him open deep in the 18. Rossi accepted the pass from Sergio and had time to place it like a free kick.
But that 34th minute goal by Black ended hope for S2.
In the 40th Lucas Cordeiro scored for Tulsa.
Ezra Hendrickson made two changes at the half. The flu-ridden Andy Craven came on for the ineffective Qudus Lawal. Academy kid Kasey French was pulled for Duncan McCormick who would play the CDM role while Giuliano Frano moved to right back.
Fortunes didn't change.
Fifty-two seconds after entering the match Tulsa sub Kidd Nwabueze slapped in a cross. Former Sounder Sammy Ochoa ended the route with an insurance goal in the 87th minute.
No stoppage time was given. S2 fans should be grateful. Tulsa could have scored again.
The magic of Fortress Starfire may be broken. It will be up to the first team to assure that the little stadium at the confluence of the Black and Green Rivers still holds power. They will do so against the Timbers in the US Open Cup on Tuesday evening.
Just maybe this is a crack in the wall, and the mighty Rock along the Duwamish has not fallen.