Oklahoma City enters a critical stretch of its inaugural season in the United Soccer League Pro division on Thursday night with a road game against fellow expansion team Sacramento Republic at 9:30 p.m.
Energy FC has taken two of three from Sacramento, which sits in second place in the league standings. The home team has won all three meetings. For the free-falling Energy FC side though, Thursday is a must-win.
Energy FC needs to win its final two games of the season, plus hope for some help from some other teams, if it is to make the playoffs. OKC plays Orange County in Saturday’s finale
After losing its last five matches, Energy FC is in 12th place but isn’t eliminated from the postseason just yet. Rochester, Harrisburg and Wilmington are currently in sixth, seventh and eighth place respectively, but Energy FC could join the mix if the pieces fall together.
“I kind of hope that we would have been in a better position right now,” Jimmy Nielsen said. The Energy FC coach said after losing five matches in a row, a different result in one or two of those games could be the difference in making the playoffs or not.
Sacramento is pushing for the top spot in the league. Only six points behind first-place Orlando City, Sacramento could tie for first with two wins to close the season. And Sacramento has been scorching hot this summer.
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