Energy FC has a new head coach along with a partnership with a Major League Soccer franchise.
Prodigal Soccer, which owns the team, announced Friday morning that Oklahoma City's new USL Pro franchise will affiliate itself with Sporting Kansas City, which won the MLS Cup on Dec. 7.
“It's been an exciting couple of weeks,” Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. said.
Funk Jr. said Sporting KC took some time away from the discussion because of the MLS Cup, and Oklahoma City had a backup plan but after the Cup, it all came together.
“We have a lot of commonalities,” Funk Jr. said. “We really like the organization.”
Energy FC has also found its head coach. Jimmy Nielsen, who played goalkeeper for Sporting KC's championship team, will make the jump from player to coach next spring.
“He's got great energy,” Funk Jr. said. “He knows the talent that is required and his charisma is infectious.”
Nielsen said in a tweet he is excited to move on to the next chapter in his life and said he loved every minute of the four years he spent playing in Kansas City.
The 36-year-old Denmark native signed with Sporting KC in 2010 and was named Goalkeeper of the Year in MLS in 2012. SKC defeated Real Salt Lake 7-6 on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in the MLS Cup earlier this month.