The long awaited home opener has come for Oklahoma City Energy FC.
Defending USL Pro champion Orlando City SC is in town to take on the expansion Energy FC. Here are my five joules to the match.
No. 1, well, it’s the home opener. We’ve heard a lot about soccer in Oklahoma City for the last 10 months or so. Here it is. 3,741 tickets were sold to the match, that’s a sellout. Might not be that much people to some of you, but that’s how many seats there are.
No. 2, the champs are here. Not just the defending USL Pro champions but the team that is riding its farewell tour through the league as it prepares to make the move to the MLS, the stated goal of Energy FC. If OKC wants to make it to the big leagues, it has a perfect example right in front them.
No. 3, Kevin Molino. He wears No. 18, remember that. Molino has a league-leading three goals this season and had never scored more than two in his professional career. The first player to be signed to an MLS contract by Orlando City is playing like the league MVP, which he won in 2012.
No. 4, Yordany Alvarez. He wears No. 10 and he took the MVP honors in 2011. Alvarez hasn’t scored yet this season but he’s played every minute of every match.
No. 5, Jimmy Nielsen. Captain of the MLS Champion Sporting Kansas City and now coaching OKC. Nielsen said before the match, he is calm. Not too nervous. And excited that the day is finally here. Nielsen, at least four matches into his coaching career isn’t very leading into his game plan. I’ll say there has been more than one time Nielsen said, “We have a game plan and we have to execute.” Which sounds like he’s fitting right in as a coach.
Enjoy the match folks, if you didn’t get a ticket the game airs live on YouTube and is broadcast on KXXY 96.1 FM.