The Oklahoma City Energy FC did not start the 2017 USL season off on the right foot, losing 3-1 to Swope Park Rangers in their season opener. Having gone up early from a goal by Coady Andrews, the Energy quickly found themselves slipping and eventually losing their lead.
Although there was some good to take away from the match, a few flaws were noticeable. Lack of cohesion in the midfield as well as limited chances from the offense led to the Energy’s inevitable down fall. Although the season started off with a loss, OKC fans should not worry.
The Energy’s offseason was full of changes and new faces. It takes time to adjust to new surroundings and gel with teammates. OKC should look to build off of their first match and strive to grab a win this weekend against the Switchbacks.
Suffering an even greater loss in their home opener was the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. The Colorado Rapids affiliated club found themselves losing on the road to the Energy’s fierce rivals Tulsa Roughnecks.
This weekend’s match will be highlighted by the return of former Colorado Switchback forward/winger Miguel Gonzalez, who left over the offseason in order to link up with brother Daniel in Oklahoma City.
With both clubs looking to grab their first points of the season, fans should expect a slug fest full of strong tackles and passion. This match is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
Projected starting XI:
Energy FC: Laurendi; Dixon, Daly, Andrews, Hyland; M. Gonzalez, Covarrubias, Rasmussen, A. Dixon; Barril, Wojcik
Colorado Springs Switchbacks: Luthy; Burt, Eboussi, Phillips, Suggs; James, Argueta, Prugh; Frater, Malcolm, Kacher
How to watch
Location: Weidner Field
Time & Date: 7:00 PM CT on April 1st
How to Watch: USL Youtube Channel
Prediction: 2-2 Draw (Wojcik 1x, M. Gonzalez 1x; Malcolm 1x, Frater 1x)