Oklahoma City Energy FC traveled to Dallas on Monday to take on the FC Dallas Reserves at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
When the United Soccer League Pro Division partnered with MLS two years ago, the deal included loaning players who wouldn’t get minutes in the MLS to the USL Pro affiliates.
The other part of the deal was two games for each USL Pro team against an MLS Reserve League team. All 19 MLS clubs have reserve teams. Games between reserve teams and USL Pro teams don’t count in the reserves’ season standings but do count in the USL Pro standings. Energy FC also hosts the MLS Reserve League’s New York Red Bulls Reserves on May 31.
FC Dallas (2-0) has wins over both Montreal and Chivas USA’s Reserve teams. Forward Tesho Akindele has two goals on the season, with both coming in the win over Chivas. Akindele was the sixth pick of this year’s MLS SuperDraft out of Colorado School of Mines.
Andres Escobar and Steven Keel each scored a goal in FC Dallas’ win over Montreal, and Richard Sanchez earned a shutout in goal.
“This is going to be their toughest challenge yet,” Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen said. “We're going to face a very similar look to L.A. Galaxy II.”
Energy FC lost to Los Angeles 4-2 on April 7.
Energy get three points in Arizona
Oklahoma City Energy FC picked up three more points with a 4-0 win over the Arizona United in Saturday night’s USL Pro game in Peoria, Ariz. The match was tied 0-0 at halftime but just before that, Arizona’s London Woodberry picked up his second yellow card, giving Energy FC the advantage for the entire second half playing against 10 men.