Samir Badr has been ready for every game this season with Oklahoma City Energy FC. However, he’d only had his name called three times before Saturday night.
After Sporting Kansas City, Energy FC’s MLS affiliate, recalled goalkeeper Jon Kempin from his loan on Wednesday, Badr became the starter. His lack of playing time didn’t hinder his performance at all as he earned the clean sheet in Energy FC’s 2-0 win over Pittsburgh at Pribil Stadium before a crowd of 3,619.
The win moved Energy FC (6-7-3) into a tie for seventh place in the league. It was also the seventh straight match without a loss for the United Soccer League Pro division expansion side.
Badr stopped two shots from the Riverhounds, lowering his goals against average to .428. He faced a lot more shots though after Energy FC took a 2-0 lead in only 18 minutes. Pittsburgh turned up the intensity, finishing with 13 attempted shots. Badr maintained his stellar performance and credited his being ready at any moment for his impressive night on Saturday.
“Every opportunity that I get I have to be prepared for,” Badr said. “The decision for me to be prepared didn’t come three days ago. For me, it’s been week in and week out. If you’re prepared, then you’ll do well.”
Badr got plenty of help from his offense. After just eight minutes Energy FC got a corner kick. Midfielder Adda Djeziri sent a perfect ball in front of the net and Michael Thomas punched in his third goal of the season giving Energy FC its earliest lead of the season.
It wasn’t ten minutes later when Djeziri got a pass into Dan Delgado, who sent in his first goal in an Energy FC uniform. Saturday was only Delgado’s second game with the team.
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