It’s only been two years since Oklahoma City Energy FC forward Kyle Greig realized playing professional soccer was a viable option.
Following a stellar career at Benedictine College in northeast Kansas, Greig received an invite to work out for Sporting Kansas City. He had played with the Premier Development League’s Kansas City Brass a year before, and Sporting KC took note. After playing well and earning a spot with Sporting KC’s reserve team, Greig discovered he might have a rare opportunity.
“I can keep up with these guys,” Greig said he realized.
Now, Greig leads Oklahoma City Energy FC into Saturday’s match with Arizona United looking to build on the momentum gained in the team’s first weekend in the United Soccer League’s Pro division. Kickoff is set for 9:10 p.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Ariz.
The Olathe (Kan.) product already has one goal and one assist in two games for OKC. His effort in leading Energy FC to a win in over Orange County SC last Saturday earned him USL Pro Player of the Week honors. Last year with Wilmington, Greig earned his team’s Rookie of the Year honor after scoring six goals on a club that missed the playoffs by one point.
Greig signed with Oklahoma City in February. He said his teammate Gareth Evans, who also played for Wilmington last year, told OKC’s front office about Greig.
Once in Oklahoma City, Greig hit the ground running, leading the team with four goals in six preseason matches, and that momentum has continued into the team’s first games.
Oklahoma City (1-1-0) has four goals so far by four different players, but Greig knows defense will be the key to winning more games.
Energy FC allowed four goals in its Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy II after not allowing a single score in the opening win over Orange County.
“I talked with (midfielder) Michael Thomas in the airport the other day and we were both quick to realize what needed to be done,” said Greig, who added that the team was struggling with knowing when to pressure its opponents.
In Greig’s short time in Oklahoma City, he’s already grabbed a piece of franchise history. His goal in the opener was the team’s first. Greig said it was nice to get the first goal, but he didn’t think about the historic significance until after the game.
“Somebody tweeted that I’ll be the answer to a trivia question one day,” Greig said.