Following yet another frustrating 0-0 draw against Rio Grande Valley FC over the weekend, the Oklahoma City Energy FC will travel home to Taft Stadium in order to take on last year's USL runner-ups, the Los Angeles Galaxy II.
Last Saturday's 0-0 draw against RGVFC could be chalked up as a success for the OKC Energy as it resulted in a much better score than the last time the Energy flew down south to Toro Stadium. However, scrapping together another dreadful point does the Oklahoma City side no favor as they continue to fight to climb up the Western Conference standings. In addition to the Energy's struggles to gain leverage in the table, they still have yet to score in their previous three matches. Last year's Golden Boot runner-up Danni Konig has struggled all season to put the ball in the back of the neck, adding to the recent misfortunes for the Energy. Saturday's match against Rio Grand Valley saw FC Dallas loanees Timo Pitter and Colin Bonner start up top for the Energy, but, as the final result can tell, the young rookies were unable to score.
If the Energy hope to grab a win at home this upcoming Saturday, they will definitely need score goals. The LA Galaxy II are a dominant force in the USL, currently resting second in the Western Conference with two games in hand on the first-place side Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. Los Dos are a prolific offensive threat who currently rest number one in most goals scored this year in the USL, tallying a total of 43 goals. Although their goal tally is impressive, Los Dos' goals against is far from pleasing. In the Los Angeles' sides 21 USL matches this season, they have let in a total of 31 shots, which is laughable when compared to the Energy's 14 goals against.
The OKC Energy will look to implement revenge on this LA Galaxy II side following last year's playoff battle that saw the Galaxy win 2-1 in the Western Conference final, advancing them to the Championship where they inevitably lost to the Rochester Rhinos. Nevertheless, this is a huge game for the Energy. If they are able to net a few shots as well as pick up at least a point against this prolific LA side, then it'll be a success.
In conclusion, the Energy will end their scoring drought, but it will not be enough as the LA Galaxy take over Taft Stadium and win 2-1.
Prediction: LA Galaxy 2-1