Oklahoma City Energy Football Club is an American professional soccer team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Prodigal LLC was awarded the franchise on July 2, 2013. [1 ] They played their inaugural season in [2 ] USL Pro in 2014.
History [ edit ]
Prodigal LLC, led by Oklahoma City businessman Bob Funk, Jr., pursued a bid for a franchise in the
United Soccer Leagues' Professional Division (USL Pro) in 2013. The bid put Prodigal at odds with Sold Out Strategies, a group initially led by Brad Lund, a former associate of the Funk family. Sold Out Strategies had been awarded an amateur franchise in the USL Premier Development League for the 2013 season – Oklahoma City FC – and intended to pursue a USL Pro franchise as well. Following Prodigal's bid, Sold Out Strategies also started pursuing a franchise in the new North American Soccer League (NASL). [3 ] [4 ]
Sold Out Strategies managed to secure a lease to
Taft Stadium on June 17, 2013. Prodigal was awarded the USL Pro franchise on July 2, 2013, with an intended launch date of 2014. Sold Out Strategies was awarded the NASL franchise on July 25, 2013, leaving two professional soccer teams in Oklahoma City. [3 ] [4 ]
Prodigal LLC also operates the
Oklahoma City Barons ice hockey team and formerly owned the Oklahoma City RedHawks baseball team and the Oklahoma City Blazers hockey team. [1 ]
On December 20, 2013, Energy FC announced an affiliation agreement with 2013
MLS Champions Sporting Kansas City. Also, recently retired SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was named head coach. [5 ] [6 ]
Stadium [ edit ]
In 2015 the Energy will move to
Taft Stadium On November 14, 2013, the team announced their name would be "Oklahoma City Energy FC", that they would play their initial home games at Pribil Stadium on the campus of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School and introduced their team kits and logo. [7 ] [8 ] [9 ]
Year-by-year [ edit ]
U.S. Open Cup
Did not qualify Third Round
Players and staff [ edit ]
Current roster [ edit ]
Miller, Kyle Kyle Miller
Doue, Peabo Peabo Doue
Hedrick, Cyprian Cyprian Hedrick
Evans, Gareth Gareth Evans
Morad, Tarek Tarek Morad
Leichty, David David Leichty
Thomas, Michael Michael Thomas
Lund, Philip Philip Lund
Djeziri, Adda Adda Djeziri
Gunderson, Max Max Gunderson
Delgado, Dan Dan Delgado
Badr, Samir Samir Badr
Wyatt, Paul Paul Wyatt
Shiffman, Nate Nate Shiffman
Villon, Abraham Abraham Villon
Perry, Steven Steven Perry
Greig, Kyle Kyle Greig
Howard, Mark Mark Howard
Clark, Ray Ray Clark
Castro, Javier Javier Castro
Current staff [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b "Oklahoma City to Join USL PRO in 2014". United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 2, 2013 . Retrieved August 16, 2013.
^ "Funk Lays Out Vision For Oklahoma City". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 16, 2013 . Retrieved August 16, 2013.
^ a b Tramel, Berry (July 3, 2013). "OKC's Soccer War needs one winner". The Oklahoman . Retrieved December 6, 2013.
^ a b Evans, Murray (September 4, 2013). "Ball Control". Oklahoma Gazette . Retrieved December 6, 2013.
^ "Energy FC Partners With Sporting KC". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 20, 2013 . Retrieved December 20, 2013.
^ "JIMMY NIELSEN NAMED HEAD COACH OF OKLAHOMA CITY ENERGY FC". December 20, 2013 . Retrieved December 20, 2013.
^ "OKLAHOMA CITY ENERGY FC". Oklahoma City Energy FC. November 14, 2013 . Retrieved November 14, 2013.
^ "OKC Energy Unveil Name, Colors". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 14, 2013 . Retrieved November 15, 2013.
^ "Pro soccer: City's new USL Pro soccer team will be called Energy". Daily Oklahoman. November 14, 2013 . Retrieved November 15, 2013.
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