Oklahoma City Energy FC took National Signing Day to heart, inking three more players to contracts.
Oklahoma City kicks off its inaugural season in the United Soccer League’s Pro division April 5, in Los Angeles and recently signed their first player in franchise history with the addition of Michael Thomas on Jan. 30. Wednesday, the team announced Cyprian Hedrick, Kyle Miller and Nate Shiffman as the newest members of Oklahoma’s newest professional soccer team.
Miller, 24, attended the same high school, St. Thomas Aquinas in Kansas, as Thomas and was also involved with Sporting Kansas City, like Thomas and head coach Jimmy Nielsen. Miller played with Sporting’s reserve team in 2012, appearing in seven games.
“Jimmy is trying to put a squad together that can hit the ground running,” Energy FC general manager Jason Hawkins said.
Hedrick brings plenty of professional experience to Oklahoma City. The Cameroon native played for Phoenix FC of the USL and Fresno Fuego of the Player Development League. Hedrick, 24, is another former SKC member. He was the 30th overall pick in the 2012 SuperDraft and played his college ball for San Jacinto State and Coastal Carolina.
Hawkins said Hedrick suffered a broken leg a few years ago and when Nielsen saw the desire was still there and he showed no signs of ever being injured so they knew it was time to make the offer.
Then there is Nate Shiffman. The midfielder from Midlothian. Shiffman played four years at Virginia Commonwealth and last year played for RVA (Richmond, Virginia) FC, a member of the National Premier Soccer Leagues. He started all 12 matches for RVA last season, recording four assists on the National Champion team.
“He’s a lot like Michael Thomas as far as leadership. He captained the ship in college,” Hawkins said. “He’s one of the more technical midfielders out there. There wasn’t a negative word about him.”
Energy FC plays in Los Angeles on April 5 and April 7 to kick-off the season. Their first home game is April 26 against Orlando City.