Energy FC General Manager Jason Hawkins announced late Friday the signing of three international players for Oklahoma City Energy FC. Hawkins said Philip Lund, Paul Wyatt and Gareth Evans are the latest signings in what has been a busy month of filling roster spots.
Lund is a Denmark native. Like coach Jimmy Nielsen, Lund, who plays center-mid, played in Major League Soccer last year for the Seattle Sounders.
The 24-year old played professionally in Europe before coming to Seattle last year.
Wyatt, a forward, spent four years at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. The Modbury, England native scored 28 goals and 11 assists in 72 career games for the Dukes.
Wyatt also played for Reading United of the Premier Development League in 2012.
Evans comes to Oklahoma City from Wilmington FC of the United Soccer Leagues Pro division. Energy FC travels to Wilmington, N.C. on June 6 for its only scheduled match with the Hammerheads.
Evans, a defender, is also from England. The 27-year-old has played in the Welsch Premier League as well as various minor league organizations in North America.
DAY 1 OF OPEN TRYOUTS A SUCCESS
Nielsen was very pleased at the turnout at Saturday's first open tryouts at South Lakes Soccer Complex. Energy FC hosted a two-session workout for players hoping to make the team. Nielsen said whether they signed a player from this tryout or not, he wanted to make sure they all knew to never give up on their dreams.
“I'm very impressed so many people showed up here today and want to chase their dreams with us,” Nielsen said. “I want this to be an extra motivation for them. Maybe one day they'll be on our team.”
He said there were some players who stood out.
“I'm impressed with the hunger they're coming with,” Nielsen said. “There are a few very good players and there are a lot of good players. Hopefully, my goal and my plan is that we could bring some players from this tryout to this team.”
Nielsen said bringing a local player on with Energy FC is at the top of his list.
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Hawkins said more than 200 hopefuls registered Saturday morning for the open tryouts and of those, eight different countries were represented, including Colombia, France and Scotland.
Day 2 of open tryouts features 11-on-11 scrimmages. Games begin at 1 p.m. and run through 5 p.m. Fans can attend and watch.
The second round of open tryouts for Energy FC will be held in Kansas City on Feb. 28 and March 1. Those will be hosted by Sporting Kansas City, the MLS affiliate of Oklahoma City.