Energy FC to host Tacoma Defiance
Energy FC returns to Taft Stadium after earning points in its last two matches – a 1-0 win two weeks ago at home over Orange County SC and a 1-1 draw on the road last week against the Tulsa Roughnecks in the first Black Gold Derby of 2019.
Deshorn Brown returned from injury last week as a second-half substitution and nearly scored the match-winner on a shot in the 88th minute.
“Obviously, you always want to get three points, but one point isn’t bad for a tough road game,” said Energy FC’s Christian Eissele. “So I think we’re happy with that, but we’ll always be shooting for more.”
Energy FC (3-3-2) sits ninth in the United Soccer League's Western Conference standings. The Greens have a little momentum now after a rough stretch where it was 0-3-1 in the previous four matches as they prepare to meet Tacoma Defiance (2-7), a club formerly known as Seattle Sounders 2. Tacoma Defiance currently resides in 18th and last place in the USL's Western Conference.
Energy FC goalkeepers coach Alexis Vizarelis said the club can’t afford to take anyone lightly.
“Everything is difficult in this league, and (Tacoma) is going to be a difficult team,” he said. “We’re excited to be back home in front of our own fans. We’re looking forward to the game, but by no means will we take the opposition lightly.
“We prepare the same way for every team in the league, which is to be prepared, to know as much as we can about them and to work hard for the club and for the city.”
Defender Kyle Hyland said the Greens’ success depends on how they play, not the opponent.
“We’re not as concerned about the other team,” he said. “We’re focused on the way we’re playing and building on what we’ve put together the past two games. As long as we continue to move upwards, that will be our focus rather than what Tacoma is going to bring.”
ENERGY FC VS. TACOMA DEFIANCE
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Taft Stadium