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Energy FC adds talent, experience for 2019 season

French forward Alexy Bosetti "can play many roles across the front four" for Energy FC, coach Steve Cooke said. [AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE]
French forward Alexy Bosetti "can play many roles across the front four" for Energy FC, coach Steve Cooke said. [AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE]

If Energy FC looks like a new team this season, that’s because it essentially is.

Starting his second season on the job, Energy FC coach Steve Cooke retooled the roster in the offseason after the team finished 12-15-7 in the United Soccer League and missed the playoffs last year. Eleven new players were signed in the offseason, while 16 from last season are no longer with the team.

Add four players that were picked up during the 2018 and there are 15 players on this year’s opening day roster that were not with the club on opening day last year.

Cooke added several players with international experience, most notably Alexy Bosetti, who is arguably the Energy FC's biggest-ever signing. Bosetti played for Nice in France’s Ligue 1 as well as winning the U20 World Cup with the France national team.

“Alexy is an exciting player,” Cooke said when the signing was announced. “He can play many roles across the front four. He is someone who I think will not only create chances for us, but he’s going to put defenders under pressure. We’re expecting big things from Alexy this season.”

Other additions with significant international experience include Omar Gordon (Jamaica), Cordell Cato (Trinidad and Tobago) and Mekeil Williams (Trinidad and Tobago).

Rafael Garcia is a two-time MLS Cup winner with the LA Galaxy (teammates with David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane) and brings a great deal of experience to the midfield.

Energy FC opened the season on the road late Saturday with a match at El Paso. Energy FC won the game, 3-1. The 2018 preseason included a win over Phoenix Rising, the defending Western Conference champions.

Former Tampa Bay Rowdie and Jamaica native Deshorn Brown, a late-season pickup last year by Energy FC, scored seven goals in the seven preseason matches.

Energy FC opens its home schedule on Saturday at Taft Stadium against Las Vegas Lights. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Energy FC 2019 Schedule

All home games at Taft Stadium

March 9: at El Paso Locomotive FC

March 16: Las Vegas Lights FC, 7:30 p.m.

March 24: at Sacramento Republic FC

March 30: at Reno 1868 FC

April 6: Portland Timbers 2, 7:30 p.m.

April 13: at Rio Grande Valley FC

April 20: Orange County SC, 7:30 p.m.

April 27: at Tulsa Roughnecks FC

May 4: Tacoma Defiance, 7:30 p.m.

May 11: at Austin Bold FC

May 18: Real Monarchs SLC, 7:30 p.m.

May 25: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 7:30 p.m.

June 1: LA Galaxy II, 8 p.m.

June 5: at New Mexico United

June 8: at Fresno FC

June 15: San Antonio, 8 p.m.

June 22: Phoenix Rising FC, 8 p.m.

June 29: at Las Vegas Lights FC

July 6: El Paso Locomotive FC, 8 p.m.

July 17: Reno 1868 FC, 8 p.m.

July 20: at Colorado Springs Switchbacks, FC

July 27: at Tacoma Defiance

Aug. 3: Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 8 p.m.

Aug. 10: Fresno FC, 8 p.m.

Aug. 17: at Portland Timbers 2

Aug. 24: Austin Bold FC, 8 p.m.

Aug. 30: at Real Monarchs (Utah)

Sept. 8: New Mexico United, 6 p.m.

Sept. 14: at San Antonio FC

Sept. 22: Sacramento Republic FC, 6 p.m.

Sept. 28: at LA Galaxy II

Oct. 5: at Orange County SC

Oct. 13: Rio Grande Valley FC, 6 p.m.

Oct. 18: at Phoenix Rising FC

Ed Godfrey

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