Oklahoma City Energy FC will attempt to turn around their poor June/July form Friday night at Toyota Stadium as they take on Western Conference club San Antonio FC.
The Energy have hit a wall in the league as they have been unable to win a match in a little less than a month. The club’s last win came against the Portland Timbers 2 on June 16. Since their win in Oregon, Jimmy Nielsen’s squad has lost four and drawn one (one of the four losses came in a friendly match against Liga MX side Club Pachuca).
In order to boost their efforts, the Energy have acquired Saint Louis FC forward Jose Angulo. In a completely different transaction, OKC traded the rights to Daniel Jackson to Saint Louis FC. Jackson joined the Energy in early 2016 and had played 13 matches before being traded to STLFC.
The addition of Angulo should bring extra offensive production up top. With newly signed forward Andy Craven banging in the goals, a striker partnership including Angulo could prove beneficial for OKC. Angulo can be considered a journeyman, adventuring to MLS clubs such as New England Revolution and the New York Red Bulls. The 29-year-old Colombian is a veteran scorer who scored over 50 goals in the USL since his league debut in 2011 for the Harrisburg City Islanders.
With the addition of Angulo, OKC will hope to become a stronger threat up top. With their upcoming match against San Antonio FC, the Energy will want to be firing on all cylinders. For the longest time, San Antonio was the only defeated club in the league. However, that all changes when they fell to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in a 1-0 defeat on June 24.
OKC and SAFC previously played against one another earlier in the season. The contest took place at the Taft Stadium and ended in a boring 0-0 draw. The result showed that the Energy can hang with the big dogs in the league, but still showed that they struggled to score.
After seeing that San Antonio can lose, the Energy should enter the game with the expectations of winning the match. The game will be an intense southern match with strong tackling and tension. Fans should not be surprised if the Energy pulls off a win here.
Projected Starting XI:
Energy FC: Laurendi; R. Dixon, Daly, Hyland, Wallace; Guzman, A. Dixon, Luis Martinez, Barril; M. Gonzalez, Craven
San Antonio FC: Restrepo; Hedrick, Ibeagha, McCarthy, Cochrane; Castillo, Rodriguez, Ajeakwa, Forbes, Vega; Hassan
Location: Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas
Time & Date: 8:00 PM CT on July 14
Prediction: Draw (Craven 1x, Vega 1x)
Livestream will be aired exclusively on WatchESPN as the ESPNU Game of the Week.