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Five Joules for Oklahoma City Energy FC's match with the Orange County Blues SC

by Chris Brannick Published: May 10, 2014
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Jimmy Nielson is 2-4-0 in his first season as a professional soccer coach. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Jimmy Nielson is 2-4-0 in his first season as a professional soccer coach. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Energy FC hosts Orange County (Calif.) looking to snap a three-match losing streak. Here are five joules:

Philip Lund and Kyle Greig earned honorable mention on the USL Pro Team of the Week for week 7. Lund scored his first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to Orlando City on May 4.

This is the second of four meetings between Orange County and OKC. Energy FC won the first game 2-0 on April 5. Orange County returns to Oklahoma City on Aug.  2 and Oklahoma City finishes the regular season on Sept. 6 traveling to Orange County.

Four players (Christopher Cortez, Stephen Okai, Allan Russell and Christopher Santana) have scored two goals apiece for Orange County. Goalkeeper Patrick McLain leads the league with 26 saves.

OKC & OC are tied for 10th place in the USL Pro standings as of Saturday morning. The Playoffs are a long, long ways away but, who doesn’t like to play “If the playoffs started today?” So, if the playoffs started today, neither Oklahoma City or Orange County would make it as only the top eight teams in the league do.

Oklahoma City will play three games in six days beginning with the Orange County match. Energy FC travels to Tulsa for a 2nd round match in the US Open Cup before returning home for a match next Friday with the Richmond Kickers.

by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor, OKC Energy FC Reporter
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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