Oklahoma City Energy FC continued finalizing contracts of its players on Tuesday, with the signing of Samir Badr and Peabo Doue.
Energy FC began training this week for its inaugural season in the United Soccer League’s Pro division. Head coach Jimmy Nielsen said their were 12 players at camp who have signed, along with six other trialists hoping to get a deal.
Badr, 21, comes to Oklahoma City in an interesting situation as a goalkeeper. What makes his position on the pitch a predicament is that Nielsen retired in December from Major League Soccer after leading Sporting Kansas City to the MLS Cup, as a keeper himself.
Badr might not be too worried however. The Fairfax, Va., native has been involved with the United States’ U-20 and U-17 programs as well as playing professionally in Europe with Portugal’s FC Porto B in 2010-11.
Doue, 23, plays left midfield. The West Virginia alum started in 18 matches as a freshman five years ago.
Most recently, Doue played for Phoenix FC, of USL Pro, alongside current Energy FC defender Cyrpian Hedrick. Doue is originally from Takoma Park, Md.