Both clubs currently remain tied in the Western Conference standings with seventeen points, but with a game in hand, the OKC Energy win the tie breaker. This result entails that the Energy covets the eighth spot while the Sounders control the ninth in the conference standings. The eighth spot is the last and final position for postseason soccer, which means if the season ended today, the Energy would be playing playoff soccer.
This new-found position in the standings comes off of a thrilling victory against the Portland Timbers 2 late Friday night. In the match, OKC’s newest striker Andy Craven was able to notch himself a few goals in the second to provide his side with the win. By grabbing three points in Portland, Jimmy Nielsen and company pushed Portland’s losing streak to five games and at the bottom of the USL table.
OKC do not have much time to celebrate their recent win for they must prepare for another match only two days after their one in Portland. Monday night’s opponent will be against the Seattle Sounders 2, a game that is the Energy’s third straight match on the road.
Seattle is a highly talented side whose players move up and down from the MLS club weekly. This entails that the club plays a decent amount of MLS-ready players that can bring strong opposition for the OKC Energy. However, with international breaks and injuries plaguing the main club, many Seattle Sounders 2 players have been jumping up to the first team roster, leaving the second team a bit clustered. This isn’t to say that it is a bad a thing, many new players will be given the chance to shine, but it may be good for the Energy. Any time there is confusion amongst a roster, the opposing team may have the ability to take advantage of that.
Seattle’s recent form has been quite poor. In their last five matches, they have won one, drawn two, and lost two; thus, making five points out of fifteen. This opposes the Energy who have gained ten points in their last five matches.
Monday night should be a fun match to watch but it would be surprising to see the Energy not pick up a point or three in this match. Seattle Sounders 2 and Seattle Sounders FC are the former teams of Energy FC striker Andy Craven and with Craven on fire as of late, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the forward put a few past his former club.
OKC fans should expect a fierce game and the Craven Crew should expect a goal from their all-star – maybe even a brace!
Projected starting XI:
Energy FC: Cochran; R. Dixon, Daly, Hyland, Wallace; Guzman, Rasmussen, Luis Martinez, Barril; M. Gonzalez, Craven
Seattle Sounders 2: Miller; Ulysse, Ele, Nana-Sinkam, Grant; Saari, Ramos, Olsen, Renken, Kovar; Barton
Location: Starfire Stadium; Seattle, Washington
Time & Date: 9:30 PM CT on June 19
Prediction: OKC Energy win 2-1 (Craven 2x, Kovar 1x)