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USL Preview: Oklahoma City Energy FC vs Rio Grande Valley FC

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After falling late to the Sacremento Republic Tuesday night, the Energy FC will look to bounce back this weekend as they travel down south to take on Rio Grande Valley FC.

Following a disappointing loss against Western Conference club Sacramento Republic Tuesday night, the OKC Energy saw their eight-match unbeaten streak come to an end. The result was fair due to the missed opportunities by the Energy on the offensive side, however, the OKC club may feel a bit cheated as the match-deciding goal was late and utterly sloppy.

Sadly enough the Energy lost their streak, but they will have to pick their heads up as they travel down south to Toro Stadium to take on the Rio Grande Valley FC Saturday night. Previous match meetings between the two clubs resulted in success for the newly formed Rio Grande side as they grabbed both a win and a draw in their two earlier meetings against the Energy. The first meeting amongst the sides took place in early June, where RGVFC clobbered an inform Energy FC side, who were on a lengthy unbeaten streak at the time. Goals from RGV's Jose Escalante, Kyle Murphy, and Eric Byrd saw Rio Grande smoothly run over a lackluster OKC Energy. The second meeting occurred in early July at Taft Stadium where the two clubs fought it out in an underwhelming 0-0 draw, resulting in the Energy only able to grab one point between the clubs two meetings.

If the Energy wish to return to form they will desperately need to tally up the goals. In all matches, except for one, where OKC scored two or more goals, they were able to grab all three points. Nevertheless, in the Energy's most recent matches, they haven't been able to put the ball into the back of the net. If the Energy wish to grab something from Saturday night's game, they will have to put in a few goals.

Overall, this weekend's match looks bleak, however, it isn't usual for the Energy to accept defeat following a disappointing loss. In conclusion, the Energy will end their goal drought to dig out a 1-1 draw against the Rio Grand Valley FC.

In addition, FC Dallas fans should keep their eye out for former FCD forward Ruben Luna, who joined RGVFC in mid-July.

Predicted Starting Lineups:

OKC Energy FC: Konig, Dalgaard, Byskov, Wojcik, Thomas, Cuevas, Ryden, Andrews, Hendrick, Harris, Laurendi

Rio Grande Valley Toros FC: Irving, Hunter, Malki, Magalhaes, Greene, James, Ward, Garcia, Rodriguez, Bird, Casner

How to watch:

Date: August 6, 2016

Time: 7:30 PM CDT

Location: Hidalgo, Texas | Toro Stadium

Watch: Youtube Live Stream