Oklahoma City's United Soccer Leagues team will play its first game in April of 2014. Prodigal LLC's John Allgood announced that the group will hold a contest for the name of the organization.
Soccer fans can vote until July 19 at this link: http://prodigal.com/nametheteam/
After the team name has been decided, Prodigal LLC will collaborate with a brand company to create the team's jersey.
Over the next few months, Prodigal LLC will be talking to MLS clubs in Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City about keeping a regional affiliation. An affiliation between a Major League Soccer team could help Oklahoma City scout, recruit and field players for its new organization.
“If it makes sense, philosophies are there, there's an opportunity for Prodigal and Oklahoma City to have an affiliation relationship with a club,” United Soccer Leagues President Tim Holt said.
A rivalry between Oklahoma City and Tulsa in soccer could be rekindled at some point in the future.
Allgood, Prodigal's Senior Executive Vice President of New Business Development, and Holt both admitted they have a keen interest in seeing Tulsa added to the USL.
“Oh absolutely,” Allgood said. “That is of keen interest to (Prodigal LLC), because regional rivalries are great, and so we have talked to USL Pro about their plans to do that.”
No time table has been given and no deal has been set in place, but having USL Pro soccer in Tulsa is on Holt and the league's radar
“They're on that same radar screen that I referred to before,” Holt said. “Certainly, we'll accelerate the process to get in there. Again, the reason we weren't in Oklahoma City two or three years ago is because all the things have to be in place for you to go forward.
“Tulsa is absolutely a priority expansion market; what a great rivalry that would be between those two organizations. Both markets can absolutely support professional soccer at the highest ultimately, certainly at the USL Pro level from the outset.”