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Pregame: Oklahoma City Energy FC ready for Los Angeles Galaxy II

by Chris Brannick Published: April 7, 2014
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Fresh off its first win in franchise history, Oklahoma City Energy FC is set to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy II tonight at 9:30 p.m. at StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

Jimmy Nielsen had plenty of good words to say about his team grabbing three points with a win over Orange County Blues on Saturday night, the first match in the team’s inaugural season in the United Soccer League’s Pro Division.

“I think they did an amazing job overall,” Nielsen said. “They maybe had too much energy. We were a little too excited but that’s a positive problem to deal with. They found the right moments to put together good soccer.”

Kyle Greig scored in the 11th minute and Nate Shiffman added another goal in the 30th minute. Ray Clark played all 90 minutes in goal recording two saves while earning the clean sheet.

But the time to enjoy the victory lasted only a moment for Energy FC as they quickly turned to preparation of tonight’s match with L.A.

Nielsen said OKC won’t change anything as far as their strategy goes and that they are well aware of what Galaxy II is good at.

“Each player had a scouting report,” Nielsen said. “I told them this will be the biggest challenge so far.”

Los Angeles, who goes by Los Dos in the social media world, is 1-0-1 on the season. They kicked of the USL Pro season with a 3-1 win over Orange County and tied Sacramento Republic FC 1-1 last week.

Oscar Sorto earned a spot on the USL Pro team of the week. The defender is a big part of Galaxy II’s stingy defense. Brian Rowe and Cody Laurendi have split the first two games in goal for L.A. with Rowe stopping three shots in a draw with Sacramento. Laurendi had two saves in L.A.’s win over Orange County.

The match kicks off at 9:30 p.m. and can be seen on YouTube on the L.A. Galaxy II’s channel. You can also tune into KXXY 96.1 FM while Jack Damrill and Mo Borehan call the game.

 

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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