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After weathering the Rowdies and storm, it's clear skies ahead for Energy FC

Steve Cooke January 31, 2019: The OKC Energy FC players pose for head shots prior to the start of the 2019 season.
Steve Cooke January 31, 2019: The OKC Energy FC players pose for head shots prior to the start of the 2019 season.

Coming off its biggest win of the season, Energy FC returns to USL action with a Saturday night match against LA Galaxy II at Taft Stadium.

On Tuesday night, Oklahoma City survived the weather and the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with an exciting 4-3 victory that didn’t end until almost midnight.

The game was delayed more than two hours because of lightning, but the fans who stayed were treated to the highest-scoring match of the year by Energy FC.

Goals by Omar Gordon, Alexy Bosetti, Christian Eissele and Deshorn Brown gave Tampa Bay its first loss of the season and Energy FC a shot of confidence.

“To score four goals is great against anybody,” Energy FC coach Steve Cooke said. “To do it against a great team like Tampa Bay is very good for the players and I think they will gain a lot of confidence from that.”

Said Bosetti: "If we play (like) this in the season, we can dream big.”

The victory earned Energy FC a fourth-round match in the U.S. Open Cup on June 12 against Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas at Southern Methodist University’s Wescott Field in Dallas.

But first is a return to league play against LA Galaxy II. Cooke said the club is feeling good after the win over Tampa Bay in the U.S. Open Cup but must stay focused on the big picture.

“We’ve got to make sure we are doing a good job in the league and rising up that table,” he said.

Oklahoma City’s 1-0 win over Colorado Springs last Saturday at Taft Stadium moved Energy FC (5-4-3) into fifth in the Western Conference standings, six points behind leader New Mexico United. LA Galaxy II (4-4-5) is ninth in the Western Conference.

After two straight games playing with lightning and storms in the area, Energy FC also is looking forward to a little good weather on Saturday.

“I’m told it’s going to be 85 (degrees) and gorgeous, so we are in for a treat Saturday night,” Cooke said.


Energy FC vs. LA Galaxy II

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Taft Stadium

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›