Energy FC faces hot Reno team
After an eight-game regular season losing streak, Energy FC has scored points in the United Soccer League standings in its last two matches — a victory over Colorado Springs at home and a tie last Saturday at Tulsa.
Energy FC gets another opportunity to move up in the standings Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. contest Saturday at Taft Stadium against Reno 1868 FC. The two clubs met in Reno on April 28 with Energy FC falling 2-0.
Oklahoma City, 2-8-1, is playing better and has made a couple of roster moves since the last match at Reno.
“Home is where you take care of business,” said Energy FC forward Christian Volesky, who is one of those roster moves. “We need those three points so we can continue to climb up the table.”
Volesky was not playing for Energy FC the last time the club faced Reno. Volesky, who came over in a trade with Saint Louis FC three weeks ago, has provided some offense for Energy FC.
Even though Volesky has played in only three USL games for Energy FC, he leads the team with two goals. His goal last Saturday against Tulsa just 42 seconds into the match is the earliest goal by an Energy FC player this season.
Energy FC forward Miguel Gonzalez is eligible to return to the lineup on Saturday. He was assessed a red card against Reno on April 28 and given a three-match suspension for throwing an elbow.
Reno, 4-3-5, also is playing better since the last match against Oklahoma City. Reno comes into Taft Stadium on Saturday night as one of the hottest team in the USL.
After an 0-3-1 start, Reno has not lost in its last eight matches and is looking to extend its longest unbeaten streak in franchise history.
“Reno is a good team that are on a bit of a run of their own,” said Energy FC coach Steve Cooke. “We are playing at home and are feeling confident. We will continue to be aggressive and play at a high tempo and pace and keep the game intense.”
ENERGY FC VS. RENO 1868 FC
•Where: Taft Stadium
•When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday