The soccer scene in Oklahoma is changing. Prodigal, LLC, the company that owns Oklahoma City Energy FC, announced on Tuesday that Tim McLaughlin has joined the team as a partner.
McLaughlin is the owner of OKC Pro Soccer, which previously partnered with Brad Lund’s Sold Out Strategies to form a soccer team that would play in the North American Soccer League beginning in 2015.
McLaughlin’s move to Energy FC comes with a lease to Taft Stadium, where Energy FC will now move to following its inaugural season at Bishop McGuinness High School this year. It had been expected that the NASL team would play in Taft Stadium, which is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation.
“We are tremendously ecstatic being able to partner with Tim,” Prodigal’s Bob Funk Jr. said. “Being able to do what’s best for the community. I cannot be more excited.”
McLaughlin said it was a move that had to happen for the city.
“Soccer is about uniting people. We are very excited about this,” McLaughlin said.
Both of Oklahoma City’s new soccer franchises attempted to lease Taft Stadium. Last summer, the Oklahoma City Public School’s board awarded the lease to Lund and Sold Out Strategies, with McLaughlin as its lead investor. Prodigal moved on and entered their partnership with Bishop McGuinness.