Oklahoma City Energy FC opened training camp Monday morning in preparation for its inaugural season in the United Soccer League's Pro division.
The team had 18 players in camp at North Oklahoma City Soccer Club. Twelves of those players have already signed, and the rest are hoping their work in combines and tryouts leads to a contract. Fresh off what Jimmy Nielsen called a successful open tryout, the first-year coach was glad to finally get to work with his team.
“It was an awesome day. It's the day we've been waiting for,” Nielsen said. “Just being out there with the guys was fantastic.”
A surprise fitness test took up most of the morning for the Energy. Nielsen said he is anxious to get the results.
“When we get the results from the fitness test we'll know how hard to push these guys,” Nielsen said. “The season is very long and we have to be careful with the players.”
Michael Thomas, who plays center-mid, said Energy FC needs to pride itself on being the fittest team in the league.
The team also worked on technical drills and scrimmaged to close the first day.
Despite having only met his teammates one by one in the last few days, Thomas said they had immediate chemistry.