The Oklahoma City Energy and the Tulsa Roughnecks, two rivals of the USL, played against each other last weekend, with one FC Dallas player on each side: Coy Craft for OKC, and Jacori Hayes for TUL. Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta also both got playing time in the Gold Cup with the USMNT.
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You could argue both ways on whether this was a good or bad outing for Jacori Hayes. He was mostly good on the ball, but he had a bad mistake that was part of the reason OKC scored their lone goal. He still looked promising, and he hustled around the field from the start to when the final whistle was blown. He got himself on the ball a lot during the game, and provided good touches and passes from the middle of the field.
After the game with Tulsa, Jacori was selected by Oscar Pareja to be in the eighteen for FC Dallas in their midweek clash against Sporting Kansas City. Jacori was an unused substitute. He was called in because FCD could only suit up five international players. Pareja went with Jacori over Cermeno for that game, but Cermeno is still probably above him on the depth chart. Jacori still will likely go back to Tulsa to get some minutes, since Cermeno will fill the depth position at center mid for FCD.
Tulsa had a game against LAG II the next day, which they tied 2-2. If Jacori does go back to Tulsa, he should be playing in their game against the star-filled Phoenix Rising FC on July 22.
Coy Craft is an interesting player. He showed some amazing speed and dribbling ability in his appearance against Tulsa before he got subbed off, but those were basically his only good attributes. His passing and shooting showed that they need a lot of improvement. He also seemed to always want to dribble, which worked in some cases for him, but sometimes the quick pass is all that is needed. Coy’s off the ball movement could probably get a bit better, too. It wasn’t a bad night for him, though. He provided several offensive plays for OKC.
OKC Energy had a game on Friday that Coy wasn’t in, when they tied San Antonio 1-1. Craft’s next chance with the Energy may also be on July 22, when the OKC Energy will host the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
Kellyn Acosta started both of the USMNT’s Gold Cup games so far, but unfortunately, he has not stood out like some expected. He has been a steady contributor, however, and has brought some of his vision and passing ability with him into the tournament.
Matt Hedges played one of those games and also was a bit disappointing in his performance. He should get more chances, however. One bad game hopefully won’t take him off of Bruce’s list.