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Oklahoma City Energy FC: Samir Badr and Energy FC ready for big challenge in Sacramento

A big part of Sacramento’ home-field advantage is the size of its field. Bonney Field is 100 yards long by 80 yards wide.
by Chris Brannick Published: August 8, 2014

Samir Badr is ready for his biggest test of the season.

The test isn’t big because of the opponent necessarily. But rather the test is big because the field is literally one of the widest soccer fields in the league.

Oklahoma City Energy FC plays Sacramento Republic FC at Bonney Field in Sacramento for the first time this season at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Sacramento (12-6-3) is also an expansion team in the United Soccer League’s Pro division and has itself currently in third place in the league’s latest table. Energy FC has defeated Sacramento twice already this season, with both defeats coming at Pribil Stadium in Oklahoma City, each with a score of 2-0. But Sacramento is a different team at home winning almost 70 percent of its contests, having only lost once.

A big part of Sacramento’ home-field advantage is the size of its field. Bonney Field is 100 yards long by 80 yards wide. To put that in perspective, Energy FC plays on a field at Bishop McGuinness High School that is 120 by 65.

Badr, who has played the full 90 minutes in goal for Energy FC over its last five matches, said his team is ready for the challenge opponents face heading into Sacramento.

“Obviously with every field, with every game it’s a different mentality,” Badr said. “I don’t think that we need our home field, we can adapt to play on any field. You have to be able to do that as a team.”

“The field is going to be a little bit bigger and we’re going to have to deal with a lot more crosses and more balls out wide.”

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by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor, OKC Energy FC Reporter
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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