Chris Brannick
Sports 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.

  • Rayo OKC falls at home to Indy Eleven

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    YUKON — Rayo OKC hosted Indy Eleven on Saturday at Miller Stadium in North American Soccer League action. Coming off its first win of the season last week in Miami, Rayo could not duplicate the success it found on the road and lost to Indy 2-1. Rayo took control of the game from the kickoff and quickly found itself taking a corner kick in the sixth minute. But a miss on that and an unprepared defense led to the games first goal coming from the visitors. Still in the sixth minute, Indy's Nemanja Vukovic had the ball just before midfield and made a long pass to a charging Jair Reinoso. Reinono was ready, taking the pass out of the air just inside the 18-yard box and with one shot, put Indy up 1-0.

  • FC Dallas loans Moises Hernandez to Rayo OKC

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    FC Dallas has loaned defender Moises Hernandez to Rayo OKC, the clubs announced Friday. Yes, that's right, Rayo OKC. Not Oklahoma City Energy FC, who Dallas has an affiliation with. Player loans are not restricted to teams with affiliations. It only seems strange on the surface that Dallas would loan a player to Oklahoma City and it not be to the Energy. However, Hernandez is in Yukon and will be available for Rayo on Saturday when the club hosts Indy Eleven. Head coach Alen Marcina said in a press release Rayo (1-1-1) is still looking to add pieces to the team and that Hernandez is a big piece to add. As an American born-Guatemalan, Hernandez has made 12 appearances for the Guatemalan

  • OKC Energy to host Chivas in summer exhibition

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Bob Funk Jr. and Tim McLaughlin are on a mission to bring Major League Soccer to Oklahoma City. The co-owners of Oklahoma City Energy FC, Funk and McLaughlin have spent the past three years working on growing the game of soccer in the city in a slow, methodical process. Wednesday, another piece of the puzzle was put in place. The Energy announced the club will host Chivas de Guadalajara this summer. This will be the first time the Energy has hosted a team from outside the U.S. or Canada. Clubs in leagues around the world, whose offseason is during the summer, typically spend some time in the U.S. touring different MLS and USL cities for exhibition matches. But Chivas, who plays in Liga MX,

  • Energy FC pick up first win of the season

    By Chris Brannick Staff Writer cbrannick@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    Oklahoma City Energy FC won its first game of the season Saturday 1-0 over Swope Park (Mo.) at Taft Stadium. Kalen Ryden scored the lone goal for the Energy (1-1-1, 4 points). In the 79th minute, Ryden took a long pass from Cyprian Hedrick and charged toward the Swope Park goal. Ryden passed the ball off to Sebastian Dalgaard, who corralled the pass, settled, and lofted the ball from the right side of the 18-yard box to the left side of the goal where Ryden flew high above the defense and headed in the score. C.J. Cochran played all 90 minutes in net for the Energy and finished with three saves. The Energy controlled most of the match, almost all of the first half, but couldn't convert its chances. In all, the

  • OKC Energy hosts Swope Park Rangers

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    Believe it or not, the United Soccer League is in Week 5. Oklahoma City Energy FC hosts the Swope Park Rangers, Sporting Kansas City’s new USL team, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Taft Stadium. The Energy (0-1-1) is not only searching for its first win, but is also searching for some consistency in the young season. Jimmy Nielsen’s bunch hosted Colorado Springs in Week 1, had a bye in Week 2, hosted Saint Louis in Week 3, and had its game with Vancouver postponed in Week 4. Nielsen said it’s been a task trying to find a routine. “Obviously it’s not an ideal situation,” Nielsen said. “As a player and as a team you want to get into a rhythm. And that rhythm is getting broke by a

  • Rayo OKC gets first win in Miami

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    Miami – Rayo OKC won its first match in franchise history on Friday with a 3-2 decision over Miami FC. A one-hour lightning delay didn’t leave any Rayo players lagging in what was also the team’s first road match of the year. The slippery turf at Florida International University made things tough on both defenses. Robbie Findley didn’t have much room to work when he received a pass from Pecka in the 15th minute. He didn’t need much room either and the former U.S. national team player opened the scoring for Rayo with a laser strike from the right side of the box. Pecka picked up his second assist just ten minutes later on a through pass to Billy Forbes.

  • Oklahoma City FC hosting open tryouts

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    Oklahoma City FC, an amateur women’s team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, is hosting open tryouts May 1 at Lakeview Soccer Complex in Yukon. The WPSL has a three-month summer season which sees mostly college athletes looking to get some game action in the offseason. OKCFC boasted a talented roster last year that included Nigerian national teamer Courtney Dike, who is from Edmond and plays at Oklahoma State. Dike joined the team mid-season because she was playing in the Women’s World Cup. OKCFC made the WPSL Final Four last season. Those interested in trying out can register here. Applicants must be 16 years old and the fee is $50. The 2016 season kicks off May 28. OKCFC will play its

  • OKC Energy: Energy star Gareth Evans no longer with team

    By Chris Brannick Staff Writer cbrannick@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    Evans, Energy FC’s vice-captain for three years and the team’s all-time leader in minutes played, declined to go into specifics.

  • Short film highlights local students' work in community

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    The spirit of the city will not be defeated. The Grid, Energy FC’s supporters group, raised a tifo before the Energy took on Seattle last year on April 18. A giant banner, half blue-half green, with the survivor tree painted in the middle of it. Four other banners with the words ‘The spirit of this city will not be defeated’ written on them. April 18, 2016, Lampstand Media released a short film, a documentary, of that tifo. How it was made, what went into it and how it earned the students at Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma City their place in history. John Bratt, a teacher at Dove Science Academy and member of The Grid, assigns his students design a flag each year. Last year, Shae Hale came

  • OKC Energy match postponed

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Oklahoma City Energy FC's Sunday match with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 has been postponed, the league announced Saturday night. The Energy flew to Denver en route to Vancouver, but were then snowed in. Denver International Airport reported hundreds of cancelled flights while a snowstorm blew through. The Energy said the game will be rescheduled but did not announce a date.

  • Mauro Cichero signs with OKC Energy U23 team

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced Thursday it has signed three more players to its U23 team. The Energy now has six players signed on for the upcoming season. Thursday's announcement brings the first familiar face to the Energy U23s. Mauro Cichero, who played at Norman North and was The Oklahoman's All-City Boys Player of the Year in 2014, signed with the team. Cichero is a junior a Southern Methodist, and two of his SMU teammates are coming to Oklahoma City for the summer with him. Garrett Welch and Michael Nelson signed on as well. Welch, a freshman last season, is a defender. Nelson is a goalkeeper who has started all 40 games for SMU over the past two seasons.

  • Jimmy Nielsen honored by Sporting Kansas City

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    Oklahoma City Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen was honored by Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday as part of the Major League Soccer club’s all-time starting lineup. Sporting KC is celebrating its 20th season. Nielsen spent four seasons in Kansas City before his 2013 retirement. With Sporting KC, Nielsen won the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2013 MLS Cup. Nielsen is a two-time MLS all-star and won the MLS Goalkeeper of the year award in 2012. He is the MLS’ all-time leader in goals against average (0.99) and is also Sporting KC’s all-time wins leader (65).

  • Coy Craft scores tremendous goal for Oklahoma City Energy FC

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    Oklahoma City Energy FC hosted Saint Louis FC on Saturday at Taft Stadium. The USL teams played to a 2-2 draw. The Energy equalized in the 60th minute when Coy Craft, an 18-year-old on loan from FC Dallas, netted a magical strike from more than 30 yards away. Craft said after the game is was the longest goal he'd ever scored. "I was on the right, and Konig got the ball. He laid it off, bouncing and I was thinking about trying to settle and pass it, but I just decided to hit it in the wind. Sometimes you get lucky if you put it in the right spots," Craft said. "It was my longest goal, and it was with my weak foot. So, I'd have to put it up there for one of the best goals I've scored." Good think he didn't pass

  • Rayo OKC stunned in stoppage time

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    Yukon — Rayo OKC finally got on the scoreboard in its second game in franchise history. Unfortunately for Rayo, the Carolina Railhawks put up more goals. Carolina defeated Rayo 3-2 on Saturday in North American Soccer League play in front of 5,851 fans at Miller Stadium. Ryan Johnson scored Rayo’s first goal in team history in the 33rd minute. Michel added the second in the 52nd minute on a blitzing strike over the head of the Carolina goalkeeper. But after the referee added four minutes of stoppage time, Rayo’s chances at a second straight draw to open the season were dashed. Carolina’s Austin Da Luz scored a stunning game-winner in the 96th minute, leaving Rayo OKC no

  • OKC Energy ties Saint Louis FC

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    Oklahoma City Energy FC tied Saint Louis FC 2-2 on Saturday in front of 6,455 fans at Taft Stadium in United Soccer League play. The Energy, coming off a bye week, got some much needed offense early with a goal from Sebastian Dalgaard. The second-year Energy midfielder from Denmark took a pass from fellow countryman Danni Konig in the ninth minute on the left side of the box, took a dribble past a defender and fired in his first goal of the season. Saint Louis wouldn’t stay down for long, however. It equalized the match in the 22nd minute off a corner kick as Vince Cicciarelli finished with his chest to make it 1-1. Saint Louis then took the lead in the 35th minute off a free kick from Patrick Doody.

  • Soccer: Energy FC, Rayo OKC face off in battle for fans

    By Chris Brannick Staff Writer cbrannick@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City's two soccer franchises have Saturday games -- both at home and starting at 7 p.m.

  • OKC Energy acquire Jose Cuevas on loan from Arizona United

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced Friday it has acquired Jose Cuevas on loan from Arizona United. Cuevas is a midfielder that has spent the past two season with Arizona, after a successful run with the Charleston Battery. Cuevas was named USL Rookie of the Year in 2012, and was MVP of the USL Championship with Charleston, also in 2012. This is a surprising move by Arizona. Loaning players to a team in soccer is not like a trade in other sports. Arizona isn't getting anything for Cuevas now, or when the loan is up at the end of the season. It's not like a free agent walking away from a team either. Cuevas will return to Arizona and his role with the club in October. Last year, Austin loaned Greg Mulamba

  • U.S. Open Cup announces first round draw, second round pairings

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    The 2016 U.S. Open Cup is a little more than a month away from kick off and Wednesday, the first round draw and second round pairings were announced. The first round is May 11 and features teams from the Premier Development League, National Premier Soccer League, as well as open division amateur soccer teams that have qualified. The second round is scheduled for May 18 and this is the point Energy FC enters the tournament. This will be the Energy’s third Open Cup, they are 3-2 in the previous two. The Energy will play the winner of Club Deportiva Motagua of New Orleans and Mississippi Brilla. Mississippi is a PDL team and will face the Energy U-23s in the upcoming 2016 PDL season.

  • Rayo OKC atop Week 1 attendance in NASL

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    Rayo OKC hosted its first-ever match in the North American Soccer League on Saturday. It tied FC Edmonton 0-0. Following the completion of Week 1 on Sunday, attendance figures are out, and Rayo is on top. 6,416 fans packed into Miller Stadium in Yukon to see Oklahoma City's newest professional soccer team. Rayo began selling standing-room-only tickets to fans, who lined up outside the gates even 30 minutes into the match. Rayo's attendance for Week 1 is No. 1 in the league. Here's a look at the other five matches. Indy Eleven at Tampa Bay: 5,740 Ottawa at New York: 5,094 Minnesota at Carolina: 4,159 Miami at Fort Lauderdale: 2,331 Indy, Miami and Edmonton play their home

  • Rayo OKC opens season with draw in front of sellout

    By Chris Brannick Staff Writer cbrannick@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 2, 2016

    Rayo OKC opened its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League on Saturday against FC Edmonton with a 0-0 draw before a sellout a crowd of 6,416.




Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 11:55:56 PM CST RT @MasElote: @EnergyFC passed @RayoOKC in average attendance 5930 to 5665 last nite they had the 10th and 11th best non-MLS attendance @no…
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 11:55:43 PM CST When it's the 95th minute and you think the game is over.... https://t.co/CLsgsZlbUF
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 11:55:16 PM CST @Dillon1933 Laurendi has allowed three goals this season, two of which he came wayyyy out.
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 11:53:48 PM CST @ClayHarstad Could have been 4-1.
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 11:53:01 PM CST .@EnergyFC fights until the very end, scoring an equalizer in the 95th minute. https://t.co/wEJPFUB40x
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 11:02:54 PM CST What a finish. Talk about fighting until the very end. Jordan Rideout scored in the 95th minute to equalize for the Energy.
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 11:02:26 PM CST F/T: Energy 1, Seattle 1
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 09:55:11 PM CST Energy had about 24 chances to score in that first half. Got to like the offense. Got to convert the chances.
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 09:54:40 PM CST H/T: Seattle 1, Energy 0
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 09:38:11 PM CST Danni Konig so close to notching his first goal of '16.
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 08:59:55 PM CST RT @EnergyFC: STARTING XI for @EnergyFC tonight as they take on @SoundersFC2 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. https://t.co/uQ01qqPFnW
Chris Brannick Sun, May. 01 2016 08:59:28 PM CST Tune in. https://t.co/mUZ6L4tjuR
Chris Brannick Sat, Apr. 30 2016 09:22:11 PM CST Rayo OKC falls at home to Indy Eleven. https://t.co/SoE7CIS2G4
Chris Brannick Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:51:23 PM CST Pass the sticks, Thunder.
Chris Brannick Fri, Apr. 29 2016 06:51:24 PM CST Giants!
Chris Brannick Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:28:42 PM CST #okwx giving him a proper welcome. https://t.co/4U9hCvwNXQ
Chris Brannick Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:13:25 PM CST RT @drfeisal: @chrisbrannick85 @FCDallas @MoHernandez92 @RayoOKC This is a strange love triangle.
Chris Brannick Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:13:17 PM CST @ScottRichards9 And would never happen. But it's always a possibility.
Chris Brannick Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:10:53 PM CST @DarkwingDubs Well the Energy don't need a LB. Why Rayo is a question I don't have the answer to. Seems like Dallas loves pro soccer in OK.
Chris Brannick Fri, Apr. 29 2016 04:55:15 PM CST The Energy could loan a player to Rayo if the two sides agreed.

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