The Oklahoma City Energy have been struggling thus far in their 2017 season, and were defeated by the Rio Grande Valley Toros for the second time of the year last Saturday, falling 3-0. Coy Craft got the start in this one. Here’s some footage with all of his touches:
Coy Craft got his second start of the season after starting in their last game, which was OKC’s first win of the season. Playing on the right wing, Craft played pushed up the field. In the first half, Craft almost had an assist when he trapped the ball and played it to Miguel Gonzalez just outside the eighteen, but Gonzalez’ shot was tipped over the bar by RGV’s goalkeeper, Calle Brown. In the thirty-eighth minute, while Craft was back defending a corner kick, Craft tried to clear the ball out of the eighteen, but misplayed it, heading it into the center of the box, where a Toros player volleyed in the second goal of the match. Later on into the match, an OKC player had the ball on a counterattack and Coy Craft was open on the right side to be played in on goal, but the pass never came, and the attack was eventually broken down. Craft was subbed off in the seventy-fifth minute.
MLS Players in the Match:
The Houston Dynamo have been really utilizing their USL affiliate. The RGV Toros used four Dynamo players in their starting lineup. Joseph Holland, Houston’s first round draft pick, got USL Team of the Week honors for his performance.
GK: Calle Brown - RGV
D: Taylor Hunter - RGV
M: Joseph Holland - RGV (1 goal, 1 assist)
M: Jose Escalante - RGV (1 goal)
M: Coy Craft - OKC
While this was definitely a frustrating game for Craft, the match wasn’t that bad for him overall. He was more unlucky than anything on the goal he accidentally set up, and showed some ability going forward. Although he could have been better, OKC Energy in general had a tough game against a good team, and weren’t creating much opportunity in the attack for Coy Craft to work off of. Hopefully it was enough to see him get more starts in the future. It seems like a perfect time for FC Dallas to loan a few more players to OKC to get game experience because OKC could use the help.
OKC Energy have this weekend off, and will next see action on Saturday, May 13 against Phoenix Rising.