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Oklahoma City Energy FC: David Leichty and Max Gunderson make United Soccer League Team of the Week

by Chris Brannick Published: August 5, 2014
Max Gunderson earned a spot on the USLPRO Team of the Week. PHOTO BY STEVEN CHRISTY, ENERGY FC
Max Gunderson earned a spot on the USLPRO Team of the Week. PHOTO BY STEVEN CHRISTY, ENERGY FC

The United Soccer League announced its Team of the Week for the Pro division for week 20 and two members from Oklahoma City Energy FC made the roster.

David Leichty scored the game-winning goal in Energy FC’s 1-0 win over Orange County on Saturday, a win that moved the expansion side into fifth place in the league standings as the playoff race tightens up with a month to play in the season.

Max Gunderson also made the roster. The defender helped Energy FC in holding Orange County to six shots, none of which were on goal.

Leichty goal was his first of the season, the 19-year-old midfielder scored his first professional goal against Tulsa in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Gunderson, who played 90 minutes against Orange County, has burst on the scene for Energy FC after being inserted into the starting lineup on July 19 against L.A. Galaxy II. Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen made major changes to his starting XI after the team played a grueling 1-1 draw with Arizona United 48 hours prior.

Gunderson started one match previously (June 7 @ Charlotte) and now has proven he can hold his own on the Energy FC back line.

Energy FC (8-8-5) travels to Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday to face the fellow expansion side in another crucial match heading down the final stretch of the regular season. Sacramento (12-6-3) is currently in third place, 10 standings points ahead of Energy FC.

OKC has defeated Sacramento in both meetings this season. Both were 2-0 decisions played at Pribil Stadium in Oklahoma City.

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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