FC Dallas did not play on Saturday, but three FC Dallas players did for the OKC Energy FC. FC Dallas first round draft pick wingers Francis Atuahene and Ema Twumasi, and FC Dallas Homegrown defender Jordan Cano were sent on loan to the Energy FC to get playing time. All three of them got their first game minutes as professionals.
Here are highlights of Atuahene, Cano, and Twumasi in the game. There are a couple of changes to note from previous videos of this type. First of all, I finally learned how to make circle spotlights to mark who the player to watch is. Second, some of the small passes and plays that have little significance were cut out.
This match was the Energy’s first game of the USL 2018 season, and they won 1-0 in front of a sold out home crowd of 6,757 fans. Atuahene and Cano started for OKC, and Twumasi was subbed into the game. This game was a rivalry match against OKC Energy FC’s fellow Oklahoma soccer team, the Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
Atuahene scored five minutes into his debut. He intercepted a poor pass by a Tulsa player and ran straight towards goal before rifling a shot below the Roughnecks keeper. Atuahene showed a flair on the field. He attacked defenders with his impressive speed and explosiveness. Defenders seemed content with fouling to slow him down on the attack. That is an indicator of the danger he posed to them.
The main negatives from Atuahene’s game were his combination play and first touch. He is not used to playing with OKC’s players, however, so we will see if he can improve. Overall, he had a great game.
Cano was solid in the back for the Energy. He helped his side earn a shutout. Cano won many battles with opposing defenders, especially in the air. Tulsa’s attack may not have been particularly strong, but Cano’s game defensively was still impressive.
Twumasi subbed into the game about halfway through the second half. He showed speed and composure when he got on the field. He was good at playing the ball quickly. While some of his passes went awry, he played with confidence and seemed to have the right ideas. He almost scored an amazing bicycle kick goal at the end of the game.
Next on the Scheule
Next Saturday, the OKC Energy FC will travel to Phoenix to play Phoenix Rising FC at 9:30 p.m. Adonijah Reid also is on loan. He is with the Ottawa Fury FC. He was an unused sub for them this past Saturday. Ottawa’s next game is Saturday, March 31 away against Toronto FC II at 7:30 p.m.