Every regular season has ups and downs. Throughout the course of a six-month schedule there is no way to avoid stretches when things aren’t clicking.
Oklahoma City Energy FC and the Orange County (Calif.) Blues are both going through a stretch they’d like to forget. The Blues roll into Oklahoma City for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday riding a three-match losing streak. Energy FC has lost its last three matches, too.
Energy FC (2-4-0) lost at FC Dallas Reserve on April 15. OKC brushed off the loss since one-third of the team was out with illness. But on April 26, Energy FC lost to Orlando City in its home opener and lost a rematch with the defending champion on Sunday in Orlando.
Orange County (2-6-0) dropped a match with L.A. Galaxy II on April 26 and then to Sacramento last Saturday before losing to Charlotte on Thursday night.
The skids leave these two teams tied for 10th place in the USL Pro standings. A meeting between the two free-falling teams comes at a good time for Oklahoma City, which hasn’t walked away from a match with a standings point since defeating Arizona United on April 12. But Oklahoma City coach Jimmy Nielsen said it’s not automatic.
“We played OC Blues before, and they are a better team,” Nielsen said.
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