With the Oklahoma City Energy FC’s season coming to a heart-breaking conclusion, it’s time to recap how FC Dallas’ loanees performed while in the Sooner State.
Time loaned out: April 9th, 2016 - August 24th, 2016
Matches Played: 11
Recap: Although his time spent with the Energy was short-lived, FC Dallas Homegrown forward Coy Craft enjoyed an epic stint with the Oklahoma City side. Given multiple opportunities as well as valuable playing time, the 19-year-old performed adequately well, blowing the minds of FC Dallas and Energy FC fans alike.
Under the influence of former MLS goalkeeper and current Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen, Craft’s game improved vastly, looking more confident and composed with the ball. Due to his immense improvement, the FC Dallas loanee found himself returning to his senior club quickly. Craft would then become exactly what Oscar Pareja and the FC Dallas organization were looking for when finalizing their affiliation with the Energy, a close-proximity club who will bring in young Dallas products, turning them into full-grown professionals. In response to Craft’s respectable development, Dallas elected to loan both Timo Pitter and Colin Bonner to the Energy, hoping for same results.
Time loaned out: July 12th, 2016 – October 8th, 2016
Matches Played: 11
Recap: Arriving in mid-July, German native Timo Pitter took to Oklahoma City with the goal of providing FC Dallas with a reason as to why he deserved a first team spot. Having been unable to break into Pareja’s senior side, the 24-year-old winger found himself traveling due north to meet up with Nielsen’s organization. Upon arrival, many fans and pundits found themselves excited to see what the former Creighton alum had to offer.
Having played in Germany’s fourth division before joining the NCAA, Pitter would bring an already-proven professional mindset to the Energy. Arriving as a right-sided winger, the 24-year-old FC Dallas loanee found himself out-of-position for most of the season, spending time in the center of the field as well as on the left. Although this idea seemed odd, it was actually a smart tactic implemented by the Energy staff. Helping Pitter become versatile, Nielsen created himself an all-around attacker that could get the job done anywhere at any time. Throughout the season, it became noticeable that Pitter’s game improved immensely, thus, giving him a future shot with FC Dallas.
Time loaned out: May 1st, 2016 – October 8th, 2016
Matches Played: 15
Recap: Growing substantially while in Oklahoma City, FC Dallas striker Colin Bonner found himself making his way back-and-forward from Dallas to OKC throughout both side’s season. Using his brute strength and sheer mass in height, Bonner would become a set-piece star. Only providing four goals for the Energy in his short months with the team, the 22-year-old would ignite most offensive possessions for Nielsen’s side, exemplifying as the perfect target man in the USL.
Due to Bonner’s incredible play while in OKC, the Baltimore native would find himself making trips back to Dallas to participate in Cup matches, including the US Open match against the Energy, where the 22-year-old found himself scoring the game-winning PK against his USL side. Overall, Bonner is a player that fans shouldn’t sleep on. With such a massive build, the striker is tipped for a bright future in the country’s top division.