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From MLS to USL, Nielsen ready for the challenge

by Chris Brannick Modified: January 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014

Energy FC made a stop at The Oklahoman with a hefty, and untouchable, piece of hardware on Wednesday.

New head coach Jimmy Nielsen won the MLS Cup in December with Sporting Kansas City and Oklahoma City’s new United Soccer League franchise recently announced a partnership with the champs. That deal comes with benefits, mainly sharing of players, but better than that, the opportunity to give the Philip F. Anschutz trophy of tour of Oklahoma City.

Nielsen and assistant coach Chris Spendlove talked about their roles in coaching Energy FC, their hopes for the city and its new team as well as who they are looking for in next month’s open tryouts.

The Tryouts are set for Feb. 15 & 16 in Oklahoma City and will give fans their first look at what this team will look like.

A spokesman for the league said he hoped to release the schedule sometime in January. The 2013 season kicked off March 23. Oklahoma City will play its inaugural season’s home games at Pribil Stadium on the campus of Bishop McGuinness high school.

by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor
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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