Jimmy Nielsen said he isn’t satisfied with the way the season has played out for Oklahoma City. But the coach also said he absolutely wasn’t going to hit the panic button after Energy FC’s 2-7 start.
Defender Kyle Miller said, “not at all,” in regards to the panic button.
Oklahoma City hosts the New York Red Bulls Reserves at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pribil Stadium.
Energy FC is in 13th place in the current United Soccer League’s Pro division standings and hasn’t won a regular-season match since April 12. Nielsen’s optimism has bled into the team. Miller said the season is long and a win can do a lot for anybody in this league.
“We are well aware of the table and a win will put us right back in the playoff mix,” Miller said. “Maybe one or two spots out. There are a lot of games to go.”
A win would bump Oklahoma City up to a tie for ninth place, just outside of the eight-team playoffs. But the playoffs don’t start until September. Energy FC has to worry about a Red Bulls team that will feature top talent.
The Red Bulls Reserve team is just 1-3-1 this season, but Miller is expecting a fight.
“They’ll be good,” Miller said. “They’ll have a lot of experience, MLS experience. They’ll have really good individual players. If we take the positives from Wednesday about how compact we were and how good defensively we were, the goals will come. We’ll get in the final third and be a little more patient and confident our strikers can put some goals in.”