OKC Energy FC
|Full name||Oklahoma City Energy Football Club|
|Founded||July 2, 2013|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|President||Bob Funk, Jr.|
|Head Coach||Steve Cooke|
|League||United Soccer League|
10th, Western Conference|
Oklahoma City Energy FC is an American professional men's soccer club based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Prodigal LLC was awarded the franchise on July 2, 2013. They played their inaugural season in the United Soccer League in 2014.
Prodigal LLC, led by Oklahoma City businessman Bob Funk, Jr., pursued a bid for a franchise in the United Soccer League's USL Pro in early 2013. Prodigal was awarded the USL Pro franchise on July 2, 2013, with an intended launch date of 2014.
On March 25, 2014, OKC Pro Soccer owner and founder of Oklahoma City's Fields & Futures program Tim McLaughlin joined the club as an ownership partner, bringing a secured lease to Taft Stadium, where Energy FC began play in 2015. The club's 2014 home schedule was played at Pribil Stadium on the campus of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.
Prodigal LLC formerly operated the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League and formerly owned the Oklahoma City Dodgers (formerly Redhawks) Pacific Coast League baseball team and the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League.
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.
For the 2014 season, home games were played at Pribil Stadium on the campus of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School and introduced their team kits and logo. In 2015, the club moved to Taft Stadium.
Energy FC's main rival are the Tulsa Roughnecks FC in the Black Gold Derby, with both teams being located in Oklahoma. The supporters group of both teams established a trophy, a 4-foot wrench painted with the colors of each team on either side, which is awarded to the regular season winner of the derby. Energy FC leads the series against Tulsa in all competitions with a record of 8–3–3 (W-D-L).
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2014–2016||Admiral||First Fidelity Bank|
- All-time record: 69-40-62 [W-D-L] (Includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup)
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Avg. Attendance|
|2014||3||USL Pro||10th||Did not qualify||Third Round||3,784|
|2015||3||USL||2nd, Western||Conference Finals||Fourth Round||4,635|
|2016||3||USL||7th, Western||Conference Semifinals||Fourth Round||4,950|
|2017||2||USL||6th, Western||Conference Finals||Fourth Round||4,293|
|2018||2||USL||10th, Western||Did not qualify||Second Round||4,298|
- Includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup
|Jimmy Nielsen||Denmark||December 20, 2013||November 16, 2017||136||57||33||46||41.91|
|Steve Cooke||England||December 20, 2017||present||35||12||7||16||34.29|
Players and staff
- As of October 14, 2018
- Steve Cooke – Head Coach & Technical Director
- Jon Pearlman – Assistant Coach & Head Coach of OKC Energy U23
- Danny Stone – Assistant Coach
- Alexis Vizarelis – Goalkeeping Coach
- Zane Brugenhemke – Head Athletic Trainer
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- "OKC Energy FC lands jersey sponsor". Soccer America Daily. Mar 13, 2014.
USL PRO expansion team OKC Energy FC has landed First Fidelity Bank as a founding partner and jersey sponsor for its inaugural season.
- "OKC Energy roster". EnergyFC.com. Retrieved 25 July 2018.