College Soccer

Two WWU Vikings sign with USL Tulsa Rougnecks

WWU_Vikings(190)BELLINGHAM, Wash. — (WWUVikings.com) Two former Western Washington University men’s soccer players, Gibson Bardsley and Oscar Jimenez, have signed contracts to play for the Tulsa Roughnecks in the team’s inaugural season in the United Soccer League.

Last fall, Bardsley played for Kiruna FF in Sweden’s Division 3. He scored eight goals and had four assists.

Bardsley has experience in the USL, scoring 14 goals for the Dayton Dutch Lions during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Bardsley, a graduate of Mount Si High School, made his professional debut with the Charlotte Eagles in 2011. Last season, he spent time with the Orange County Blues. He also played briefly indoors for the Tacoma Stars.

“Over the last few seasons Gibson has been someone that has always done well against me, and he will provide us with another good attacking option,” said Tulsa head coach David Irving. “He had some good seasons with the Dayton Dutch Lions and scored a number of goals for them. He’s a player with good speed and another player with experience in Europe and USL and is an excellent addition to our squad.”

Tulsa-Roughnecks-FCAt WWU, Bardsley tied the school career scoring record with 41 goals from 2007 to 2010. He was named a first-team Daktronics All-American and Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Jimenez was a four-year starter at midfield for the Vikings. He was the team’s captain his senior year and matched a school record with 22 career assists. Jimenez also scored 17 goals, being named a GNAC all-star three times and a West Region all-star twice.

After and during his collegiate career, Jimenez played locally for Bellingham United of the Evergreen Premier League. The past two summers he was rostered on the Seattle Sounders U-23 team. A graduate of Mount Vernon High School, he also served as an assistant coach for WWU.

“Oscar is a player that I recently saw in San Diego and fits the type of player we are looking for,” said Irving, “He has got a great work ethic and has been with the Seattle Sounders as well as having a good college career at Western Washington. He is a smart player who has a good range of passing and can work both sides of the ball. I believe he can play at the next level and is only maturing as a player.

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