Rayo OKC kicked off the 2016 North American Soccer League season on Saturday, April 2 on the new NEXXFIELD X-GEN E2™ Soccer Turf against FC Edmonton.
The NASL expansion club welcomed FC Edmonton for its historic first-ever competitive home match and will take on the Canadian side at 7pm on a freshly laid NEXXFIELD® X-GEN E2™ PRO with the new patent pending REVERSE technology turf. The new pitch was transported from Canada to Oklahoma this week and will be installed at Miller Stadium between Wednesday evening and Friday, in time for the long-awaited Rayo OKC debut.
“This top class playing surface underlines the commitment by our ownership, who are true soccer people through and through, to bring the best experience possible for Rayo OKC supporters when they come out to support us this season,” said Rayo OKC co-owner Sean Jones. “The pitch is 74 yards wide, bringing a FIFA-level professional style of soccer to Oklahoma and putting the fans close to the action, where they will almost be able to touch the game.”
Since 2001,Nexxfield has installed systems for both indoor and outdoor clubs, high schools, colleges, universities and professional clubs. The first FIFA-quality pitch was installed at the Montreal Olympic Stadium five years ago. The NEW X-GEN E2 turf for Rayo OKC is a full modular panel system design for complete mobility as desired and the conclusion of more than two years of extended R&D leaded by Frederic Vachon and Richard Dipietro’s Team and is not an ‘evolution', but the new ‘revolution' in the artificial turf industry.
“Our new partnership with Rayo OKC for our NEXXFIELD E2 System technology is going to be fantastic venture,” said Mats Jonmarker, President, MTJ Sports partner with Nexxfield. “The North American Soccer is going to ‘explode' in the next decade, and beyond, and we are fully dedicated and engaged in this soccer development.”
Coached by Alen Marcina, who led San Antonio to the 2014 NASL title, the Rayo OKC roster includes of five players that have represented their country in the FIFA World Cup. Striker Georgios Samaras (Greece), striker Robbie Findley (USA), midfielder Marvin Chaves (Honduras), midfielder Derek Boateng (Ghana) and goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes (Portugal) have all played at the sport’s highest level and will display their talents on the new Miller Stadium Nexxfield pitch this season.
About NEXXFIELD®: The world recognized leader in Non Infill and Eco Friendly surface is led by a team involved in non-infill turf systems for more than 15 years. The Nexxfield team has worked to develop and install the first FIFA recommended non-infill in the world more than a decade ago in Europe. The new REVERSE TURF™ Patent Pending technology ‘’reverse’’ the usual assumption of a non-infill construction by having more fiber at the base than the top and creating an optimal surface for traction, speed, ball behaviour, durability and player’s comfort using up to 80oz blend yearn weight - 45% higher than anyone else in the industry. All this technology combined to the Patent Pending E2 mobile panel concept and the NEXXPAD™ shock absorbing system created the optimal and most advanced turf system in the world and prove that an non infill eco friendly system that will outperform any natural and synthetic turf systems in the world
About Rayo OKC: Rayo OKC will kick off its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League in 2016 under head coach Alen Marcina and the ownership of Raúl Martín Presa, owner of Rayo Vallecano of the Spanish La Liga, and Oklahoma native and businessman Sean Jones. The team plays its home matches at Miller Stadium in Yukon, OK and includes five players with FIFA World Cup experience, including Georgios Samaras (Greece), Robbie Findley (USA), and Derek Boateng (Ghana).