TULSA, Okla. – The return of professional soccer to the Tulsa community brings an opportunity for players graduating from Oral Roberts to sign on and continue their playing careers locally. Johnny Chavez is one who has taken advantage of the opportunity, signing with the Tulsa Roughnecks, who are in their inaugural year in the USL Professional League.
"I am very excited to sign with the Roughnecks," said Chavez. "It's been a lifelong dream and pursuit to play professional soccer and to have the opportunity to play in the city where I grew up and played college soccer is beyond anything I could have dreamed."
Chavez, who came to ORU from Sand Springs, was the 2014 Summit League Offensive Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection.
"Johnny has worked really hard this entire year and we couldn't be more proud of his achievement", said ORU Head Coach Ryan Bush. "Johnny had a tremendous year for us and looked really good when he played with the Roughnecks this spring on trial for them. I think David Irving is making a good decision in signing a local product like Johnny. We certainly hope this will help build a relationship between us and the Roughnecks as we continue to graduate players who want to go on and continue their careers playing Professional Soccer."
In addition to the Roughnecks signing Chavez, Mac Orr has been helping guide the Roughnecks as an assistant coach this spring. Orr is a graduate of the ORU men's soccer team and spent this year on staff with the Golden Eagles as a graduate assistant.
Bush had this to say about Orr's move to the Roughnecks: "Mac has a terrific soccer mind. He is young, energetic and has worked hard to put himself in this position where he can work with the Roughnecks. He definitely played a major role in helping Johnny sign with the Roughnecks. We certainly hope with him on staff, it will help to bridge the gap and keep the continuity there between ORU and the Tulsa Roughnecks."
According to Orr "the guys at ORU give me a hard time calling me 'Mr. Bigtime' now, but I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and Coach Irving has welcomed me with open arms and given me this fantastic opportunity. I'm learning a lot and just trying to improve daily as a coach, I've got a lot to learn, I'm just excited to be a part of the professional franchise in Tulsa."
The Roughnecks' season is already underway and they are back in action May 9 against Arizona United SC: http://www.tulsaroughnecksfc.com/schedule
Among other former Golden Eagles playing professional soccer are: Zari Prescod (Kiruna FF) Juan Chang (Guatemala First Division League) and Carlos Pinto (Guabira).