From 1978-84, Tulsa was a major league soccer town. The Tulsa Roughnecks competed in the North American Soccer League. The NASL provided a U.S. stage for international stars like Pele and Franz Beckenbauer.
The Roughnecks won the 1983 Soccer Bowl -- the NASL's Super Bowl -- in Vancouver, beating Toronto 2-0 on goals by Njego Pesa and Ron Futcher.
Tulsa embraced its champions, but financial difficulties soon spelled ragnarok for the franchise and the league.