With the USL season coming to a close in the next couple of weeks, it is the Oklahoma City Energy FC who are in dire need of a couple successful results before the playoffs. Having already clinched a playoff spot Saturday night due to an Orange County Blue loss, the Energy will need to grab a few wins before the offseason if they hope to gain some home-field advantage in the postseason.
In addition to the Energy’s playoff clinch, weekday matchup, the Vancouver Whitecaps 2, have also earned themselves a postseason position, currently resting one spot ahead of the Energy in the Western Conference standings. Wednesday night’s match should prove as a crucial contest for both sides as they fight to gain home field supremacy for the upcoming 2016 USL Playoffs. Furthermore, with Vancouver possessing OKC’s former star forward, Kyle Greig, Jimmy Nielsen and his side will want to put everything on the line.
Having been without a win in their last four matches, Wednesday night’s contest looks grim for the Oklahoma City side. For a club who needs some sort of excitement before the postseason, their last four games have shown nothing but sluggishness and disaster. If the Energy want to make a strong playoff push like last year, they will need to return to their former scoring ways, including revitalizing former Golden Boot runner-up Danni Konig, who has struggled to show a glimmer of what he produced last year.
Predicted Score: Wednesday night’s contest will provide an exciting contest that is crucial for both clubs, however, both sides will draw even, finishing with a disappointing 1-1 stalemate.
Players to Watch:
Cody Laurendi (OKC Energy): Looking as if he is the only bright spot in this underwhelming OKC Energy side, goalkeeper Cody Laurendi has the chance to make USL history Wednesday night if is able to pick up his 13th clean sheet, surpassing the current 12 match record. If the 28-year-old wants to make history, fans can expect a crazy game from the Florida native in Vancouver.
Kyle Greig (Vancouver Whitecaps 2): Returning to face off against his old club, Vancouver forward Kyle Greig is set to square off against his past side who are in dire need of his return. Since the departure of the 26-year-old forward, the Energy have struggled to find goals consistently this season. Greig’s exit still hurts OKC fans to this day, implying Jimmy Nielsen’s side will want to enact revenge on their former man.
And here was the tying goal. Captain Kyle Greig gets his third goal of the season on a splendid pass from Safiu. https://t.co/LTovZNgGwT— Whitecaps FC 2 (@wfc2) April 23, 2016
Predicted Starting Lineups:
OKC Energy FC: Cody Laurendi; Michael Harris, Cyprian Hendrick, Jacob VanCompermolle, Kalen Ryden; Daniel Gonzalez, Michael Byskov, Michael Thomas, Linus Olsson; Andy Craven, Danni Konig
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Marco Carducci; Christopher Diaz, Cole Seiler, Elliot Green, Kadian Chung; Ben McKendry, Kianz Froese, Marco Bustos; Daniel Haber, Brett Levis, Kyle Greig
Date: September 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM CDT
Location: Thunderbird Stadium; Vancouver, Canada