Oklahoma City Energy FC

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Oklahoma City Energy FC
Oklahoma City Energy FC.svg
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
2015 2nd, Western Conference
Playoffs: Conference Finals
Website Club home page
Current season

Oklahoma City Energy Football Club is an American professional men's football club 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 League's Professional Division (USL Pro) in early 2013. Prodigal was awarded the USL Pro franchise on July 2, 2013, with an intended launch date of 2014.

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.[3][4]

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. [5]

Prodigal LLC formerly operated the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League and formerly owned the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Redhawks) Pacific Coast League baseball team and the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League.[1]

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]

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.[6][7][8]In 2015, the club moved to Taft Stadium.[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
2015 3 USL 2nd, Western Conference Finals Fourth Round 4,635

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of 7/13/2016 [10]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Laurendi, CodyCody Laurendi      United States
2 Defender VanCompernolle, JacobJacob VanCompernolle (on loan from Swope Park Rangers)     United States
3 Defender Hyland, KyleKyle Hyland      United States
4 Defender Hedrick, CyprianCyprian Hedrick      Cameroon
6 Midfielder Cuevas, JoseJose Cuevas (on loan from Arizona United SC)     United States
7 Midfielder Dalgaard, SebastianSebastian Dalgaard      Denmark
8 Defender Thomas, MichaelMichael Thomas      United States
9 Forward König, DanniDanni König      Denmark
10 Forward Janssen, TimTim Janssen      Netherlands
12 Midfielder Gonzalez, DanielDaniel Gonzalez      United States
14 Midfielder Craft, CoyCoy Craft (on loan from FC Dallas)     United States
15 Defender Pitter, TimoTimo Pitter (on loan from FC Dallas)     Germany
16 Goalkeeper Lissek, JacobJacob Lissek      United States
17 Midfielder Tóth, PéterPéter Tóth      Hungary
18 Goalkeeper Cochran, C. J.C. J. Cochran      United States
19 Defender Harris, MichaelMichael Harris      United States
20 Forward Jackson, DanielDaniel Jackson      United States
21 Forward Rideout, JordanJordan Rideout      England
22 Defender Ryden, KalenKalen Ryden      United States
23 Midfielder Martinez, LuisLuis Martinez      Mexico
24 Goalkeeper Clark, RayRay Clark      United States
25 Midfielder Byskov, MichaelMichael Byskov      Denmark
26 Defender Andrews, CoadyCoady Andrews      United States
28 Forward Wojcik, WojciechWojciech Wojcik (on loan from Indy Eleven)     Poland

Current staff[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Local family-owned bank, First Fidelity, became the inaugural jersey sponsor in 2014.[11]

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. ^ "Energy FC Partners With Sporting KC". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "JIMMY NIELSEN NAMED HEAD COACH OF OKLAHOMA CITY ENERGY FC". December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Oklahoma City Businessman Tim McLaughlin Joins Oklahoma City Energy FC as Partner". The Oklahoman (NewsOK). March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "OKLAHOMA CITY ENERGY FC". Oklahoma City Energy FC. November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "OKC Energy Unveil Name, Colors". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pro soccer: City's new USL Pro soccer team will be called Energy". Daily Oklahoman. November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "KÖNIG’S LATE GOAL LIFTS ENERGY FC PAST SEATTLE". www.energyfc.com. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  10. ^ Oklahoma City Energy Player Roster
  11. ^ "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. 

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