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Energy FC vs. Rio Grande Valley Toros FC: Preview and how to watch online

Two weeks later and USL action finally returns.

It has been over two weeks since the Oklahoma City Energy FC took the field in a USL Regular Season match. It has also been over two weeks since Michael Harris and Miguel Gonzalez connected for, most likely, the best goal of the year. Performing his signature flip throw-in, Harris heaved a massive throw down the field that was deflected by an opposing defender right into the path of Gonzalez. With Gonzalez facing away from the goal and with the ball over his head, the OKC striker acted in the most logical way and bicycle kicked the ball into the back of the net.

Understandably, this goal was epic in its own right, but it also gave the Energy their first win of the season. Having started off slow, losing two and drawing one of their first three games, a win against the Sacramento Republic was huge for the boys in green. With that win, OKC found themselves climbing up the Western Conference table to twelfth place, leaving them four spots and two points away from a playoff spot. And yes, it is too early to be thinking about playoffs at this point.

Now that the excitement is over, it is time to get back to the pitch and prepare for this weekend’s match between the OKC Energy and the Rio Grande Valley Toros FC. Having already played against each other once this season, the two Southern sides will square off in Southern Texas at H-E-B Park. In the two side's previous match, it was Rio Grande Valley who came out on top with a 1-0 at Taft Stadium. Former FC Dallas Homegrown product Ruben Luna scored the match decider in the second half by placing a penalty kick past goalkeeper Cody Laurendi.

The penalty kick seemed fitting after the run of play that led to it. A turnover in the 66th minute by Alejandro Covarrubias led to RGV’s Camilo Monroy being fouled in the box by veteran Energy defender Coady Andrews. Speaking of fouls, the match saw three red cards issued: two to Energy FC players Richard Dixon and Jose Barril and one to Rio Grande Valley’s Victor Garza.

If the previous match has anything to say about this Saturday’s match, it is that it will be choppy, full of fouls, and limited on goals. The Energy have struggled to score this season, only tallying three goals in four games, suggesting that they need to find a quick solution for their offensive problem. On the other hand, the defense continues to be solid and needs little correction. Head coach Jimmy Nielsen seems to have found a strong rotation for his back line and will look to exploit that throughout the season.

After pocketing their first win of the season in their last match, OKC will look to get the ball rolling by grabbing their first away win at H-E-B Park. The match should prove tough, but with chemistry high after the last match, this weekend’s match could be the club’s turning point.

Projected starting XI:

Energy FC: Laurendi; R. Dixon, Daly, Andrews, Wallace; A. Dixon, Rasmussen, Covarrubias, Craft, M. Gonzalez; Wojcik

Rio Grande Valley Toros FC: Angoitia; Greene, Sagel, Magalhaes, Garza; Ward, Bird, Garcia, Escalante; Murphy, Luna

How to watch

Location: H-E-B Park

Time & Date: 7:30 PM CT on April 29th

How to Watch: USL Youtube Channel

Prediction: OKC draw 1-1 (M. Gonzalez 1x; Luna 1x)