Jimmy Medranda landed in Oklahoma City and got straight to work.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who Sporting Kansas City loaned to Oklahoma City Energy FC on Thursday, will start against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Pribil Stadium.
Energy FC hasn’t lost a match since May 25. The expansion team is 3-0-3 during that stretch, and midfielder and team captain Michael Thomas said Medranda will do nothing but help the team when he’s on the field.
“He’s good,” Thomas said. “He’s a good attacking mid. He’s another option going forward. He gives us a little more freedom going forward as well. I feel like we’ve been lacking a little bit is that patience around the box in the team’s defensive third. You can see that he can definitely add a lot of good qualities.”
Medranda put those qualities on display for Energy FC’s MLS affiliate Sporting KC. Medranda appeared in four matches this season for the defending champions and started against FC Dallas on March 15.
A native of Colombia, Medranda signed with Deportivo Pereira when he was 12 years old. He worked his way through the ranks and earned a spot on the senior team before getting his chance with Sporting KC last August. Now, Medranda turns his attention to helping Energy FC continue its unbeaten streak.
“I’m very happy to be here,” Medranda said through Energy FC midfielder Abraham Villon, who translated for Medranda. “I’m looking very forward to getting minutes here and getting the experience. I’m very humbled by the opportunity and hope to make the most out of it.”