Oklahoma City Energy FC ready to get its first home victory

Oklahoma City Energy FC snapped its four-match losing streak with a 2-0 win in Tulsa on Wednesday night in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Now, it’s back to the regular season, where Oklahoma City hasn’t won since April 12.
by Chris Brannick Published: May 15, 2014
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Oklahoma City Energy FC snapped its four-match losing streak with a 2-0 win in Tulsa on Wednesday night in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Now, it’s back to the regular season, where Oklahoma City hasn’t won since April 12.

Energy FC hosts the Richmond Kickers at 7 p.m. Friday at Pribil Stadium. Richmond (3-1-3) is in third place in the USL Pro standings and has been scoring goals at a frantic pace the last two weeks. The Kickers put up six goals in a U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday night and have scored 16 goals in their last four matches.

But Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen said he isn’t hitting the panic button just yet. Nielsen said that chemistry continues to grow, and Energy FC (2-5-0) is itching to get its first home victory of the young season.

“From week to week, guys are picking up stuff we’re working on,” Nielsen said. “We just need that stuff to be smoother.”

“They want to win badly. They want to win for their home fans.”

Nielsen said the short rest between games isn’t anything to complain about. Each team has to go through the same scenarios throughout the season. Oklahoma City has played two matches in 72 hours twice already this season, winning the first match both times and dropping the second match.

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by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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