Oklahoma City Energy Football Club is an American professional soccer club based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The club is a member of the USL Championship, the second division of the American soccer league system.
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After being given a United Soccer League franchise on July 2, 2013, businessman Robert “Bob” Funk, Jr., of Oklahoma City revealed in November that the team’s name will be Oklahoma City Energy FC. Owners of the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons (previously the Oklahoma/Oklahoma City Redhawks) and the Pacific Coast League’s Oklahoma City Dodgers (formerly the Oklahoma/Oklahoma City Redhawks) baseball franchise, as well as the Central Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Blazers. Jimmy Nielsen, a former goalkeeper for Sporting Kansas City, has been hired head coach of Energy FC for the next season.
Founded Fields and Futures, Tim McLaughlin became an ownership partner ahead to the 2014 season, when the team began play. On April 5, Energy FC defeated Orange County Blues FC away from home for the first time, and on April 26, they hosted Orlando City SC at Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. The team finished the season in 10th place, missing out on a playoff spot by four points and drawing an average of 3,702 fans to home games. First-time playoff appearance: Taft Stadium was refurbished for the 2015 season, and the team finished second in the Western Conference. Energy FC made it all the way to the Western Conference Championship Game, but ultimately fell short to the second-seeded LA Galaxy II.
On KXXY-FM radio with former Oklahoma sports personality Jack Damrill, and on local television on YurView Oklahoma on Cox Cable Oklahoma channel 703 and simultaneously on Cox digital HD channels 1333 or 1334, just a few games were televised during the debut season of 2014. The Oklahoma City Energy FC does not have a television or radio contract in place at this time. The squad finished 7th in the Western Conference in 2016 and made it to the Western Conference Semifinals that season. In the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Energy FC defeated cross-town rival Rayo OKC 2–1 in extra time to advance to the fourth round. In addition, Energy FC hosted Club Deportivo Guadalajara in a friendly match at Taft Stadium that year, which drew 6,687 spectators.
After finishing 6th in the Western Conference, Energy FC made the playoffs for the third consecutive year in 2017. Another trip to the Conference Finals in three years was made possible by the team’s second consecutive road victory. In a penalty shootout, both Energy FC and Swope Park Rangers attempted ten shots apiece, with the goalkeepers of each side choosing the outcome. CF Pachuca, the 2017 Champions League finalists, played a friendly with the club in 2018. When Steve Cooke was chosen as the club’s new manager, he had previously served as the MLS team Colorado Rapids’ interim head coach in 2017. Despite competing until the final month of the season, Energy FC came up just short of making the USL Playoffs.
For the 2014 season, Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School resumed hosting home games at Pribil Stadium on the school’s campus and presented their new team jerseys and emblem. Following substantial renovations, the team relocated to Historic Taft Stadium in 2015 and has been there ever since.
The Grid, La Furia Verde, OKC Breakers, Northend United, and Main St. Greens are all recognized supporters groups of the Energy.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC are Energy FC’s main rivals in the Black Gold Derby, both of whom are based in Oklahoma. A 4-foot wrench painted in the colors of each team on either side is awarded to the regular season victor of the derby by the supporters organization of both teams. Energy FC has a 9–7–3 overall record versus Tulsa in all competitions (W-D-L). The wrench has been held by Energy FC for four of the five years that the rivalry has existed. ” These are the calendar years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
From 2015 through 2018, the club was technically affiliated with FC Dallas of the MLS. They were a part of the Sporting Kansas City organization from 2014 to 2015.
This year’s first jersey sponsor is First Fidelity Bank, a local family-owned business.