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Energy FC looks to move up the table

Oklahoma City's Deshorn Brown controls the ball in a June 22 loss to Phoenix Rising FC at Taft Stadium. Brown leads Oklahoma City with nine goals on the season and scored late to give Energy FC a 1-0 win at Las Vegas last Saturday. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Oklahoma City's Deshorn Brown controls the ball in a June 22 loss to Phoenix Rising FC at Taft Stadium. Brown leads Oklahoma City with nine goals on the season and scored late to give Energy FC a 1-0 win at Las Vegas last Saturday. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

It’s been nine United Soccer League matches since Energy FC has scored multiple goals.

Still, during that nine-game stretch, Energy FC went 2-2-5 and is very much in the thick of the playoff race just past the midway point of the season.

Oklahoma City earned an important 1-0 road victory at Las Vegas last weekend as Deshorn Brown found the net to steal the win and hand the Lights their first home loss of the season. It was Brown’s team-leading ninth goal of the season, more than twice of anyone else on the club.

“Good strikers stay confident and patient,” Energy FC coach Steve Cooke said. “It’s not about being in the right place at the right time, it’s about being in the right place all the time, and Deshorn is in the right place an awful lot of times. Sometimes we find him with quality, sometimes we don’t. On another day he gets a hat trick, on this occasion he got the winning goal in the 89th minute.”

Goalkeeper Cody Laurendi and the Energy FC defense, bolstered by the return of Alvin Jones and Mekeil Williams from their national teams, had the club’s fourth clean sheet of the season in the victory. The win moved Energy FC (6-5-7, 25 points) ahead of Las Vegas and into eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

Now, Oklahoma City faces another team just ahead of them on the table as El Paso Locomotive FC visits Taft Stadium for an 8 p.m. match Saturday. El Paso (7-4-6, 27 points) currently sits fifth in the Western Conference standings just two points ahead of Energy FC, so a win would move Oklahoma City up the table again.

Energy FC opened the season with a 3-1 win at El Paso and defeated the Locomotive in a pre-season contest against as well, but Williams said past success doesn’t mean a thing.

“That will probably work against us because they’ll want to win even more,” he said.

Watch party for World Cup final

Energy FC is hosting an outdoor watch party for the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday between the United States and the Netherlands. The event, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., is free and will be held at Together Square, 400 W. Sheridan, just west of the Myriad Botanical Gardens on the southwest corner of Sheridan and Hudson.

COOP Ale Works and local food trucks will be on hand and family friendly activities including yard games, face painting, inflatables and a Jumbotron truck to watch the 10 a.m. match. Fans attending are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

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ENERGY FC VS. EL PASO LOCOMOTIVE FC

When: 8 p.m., Saturday

Where: Taft Stadium

Promotions: Fireworks after the game. Oklahoma Blood Institute will be at Taft Stadium from 3 p.m. until 7:30 for its third annual blood drive with Energy FC. Sharing Tree is hosting a toy drive and fans that bring a new toy will receive a discount on tickets at the box office. The Regional Food Bank will be accepting non-perishable food items at the match.

TV: ESPN+

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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