Oklahoma City Energy FC

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Oklahoma City Energy FC
OKC-Energy FC logo.png
Full name Oklahoma City Energy Football Club
Founded 2013
Stadium Taft Stadium
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ground Capacity 7,500
Owner Prodigal LLC
President Bob Funk, Jr.
Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen
League USL
2014 Regular Season: 10th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

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][2] They played their inaugural season in the United Soccer League 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 Premier Development League for the 2013 seasonOklahoma 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 Dodgers 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]

2014[edit]

The Energy won their first game in a pre-season contest against University of Nebraska-Omaha 1-0 on March 8, 2014. They went 5-0-1 in preseason games against local colleges. They won their USL Pro debut 2-0 against Orange County Blues FC on April 5 in Irvine, California. Orlando City SC defeated the Energy 2-1 in their first home match on April 26. After winning two of their first three league matches, the Energy went on a six-game losing streak. Then they went undefeated in their next 8 games (4-0-4), including four consecutive shutouts. A second six-game losing streak ended their playoff hopes and the Energy finished in 10th place, five points behind Harrisburg for the last playoff spot. Defender Gareth Evans was named to the All-League Second Team.

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]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2014 3 USL Pro 10th Did not qualify Third Round 3,784

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of 2/12/2015 [10]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender VanCompernolle, JacobJacob VanCompernolle      United States
3 Midfielder Doue, PeaboPeabo Doue      United States
4 Defender Hedrick, CyprianCyprian Hedrick      Cameroon
5 Defender Evans, GarethGareth Evans      Wales
6 Midfielder Delgado, DanDan Delgado      United States
7 Midfielder Dalgaard, SebastianSebastian Dalgaard      Denmark
8 Midfielder Thomas, MichaelMichael Thomas      United States
9 Forward König, DanniDanni König      Denmark
10 Midfielder Sanchez, ChuyChuy Sanchez      Mexico
11 Forward Townsend, CaseyCasey Townsend      United States
12 Midfielder Gonzalez, DanielDaniel Gonzalez      United States
16 Goalkeeper Clark, RayRay Clark      United States
19 Defender Harris, MichaelMichael Harris      United States
22 Forward Greig, KyleKyle Greig      United States
23 Defender Howard, MarkMark Howard      England

Current staff[edit]

  • Denmark Jimmy Nielsen: Head Coach
  • Scotland James Ritchie: Assistant Coach
  • United States Tim Moore: Trainer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oklahoma City to Join USL PRO in 2014". United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 2, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Funk Lays Out Vision For Oklahoma City". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 16, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Tramel, Berry (July 3, 2013). "OKC's Soccer War needs one winner". The Oklahoman. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Evans, Murray (September 4, 2013). "Ball Control". Oklahoma Gazette. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Energy FC Partners With Sporting KC". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "JIMMY NIELSEN NAMED HEAD COACH OF OKLAHOMA CITY ENERGY FC". December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "OKLAHOMA CITY ENERGY FC". Oklahoma City Energy FC. November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "OKC Energy Unveil Name, Colors". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pro soccer: City's new USL Pro soccer team will be called Energy". Daily Oklahoman. November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Oklahoma City Energy Player Roster

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