Energy FC meets FC Dallas in U.S. Open Cup
Oklahoma City gets another shot at the big leagues when Energy FC meets FC Dallas Wednesday night in the U.S. Open Cup at SMU’s Wescott Field in Dallas.
Energy FC advanced in the tournament with wins over NTX Rayados and the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the second and third rounds, respectively. Major League Soccer teams don’t join the tournament until the fourth round.
The clubs have met twice previously in the U.S. Open Cup. FC Dallas defeated Oklahoma City 4-1 in 2015 and Energy FC lost out in penalties the following year.
Energy FC is coming off its third straight draw — a 1-1 outcome on Saturday at FC Fresno in United Soccer League action — and is unbeaten in its last seven matches. Energy FC hopes to keep that unbeaten streak alive Wednesday night against an MLS opponent.
“For us, it’s another opportunity to keep a good run going,” Energy FC head coach Steve Cooke said. “FC Dallas poses a great opportunity for us to not only keep that run going but to progress in the tournament.”
Energy FC will have a short bench Wednesday night due to injuries and national team call-ups. It also will be the third straight week the club has played twice in the same week and its eighth match in 29 days.
But the club should be motivated against FC Dallas.
“Anytime you get to pit yourself against a top team like FC Dallas, an MLS team, it gives everybody that motivation to prove that you could be at that level, too,” Cooke said. “Obviously, we’ve got many players who’s been at that level and played many, many games in Major League Soccer… We know each other quite well.”
Energy FC, which has lost just once in the last 11 matches, is currently sixth in the USL’s Western Conference standings. FC Dallas is currently fifth in the MLS Western Conference standings.
U.S. Open Cup
Energy FC vs. FC Dallas
What: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth round
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: SMU’s Westcott Field, Dallas
TV: Match can be streamed live on ESPN+