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. The Energy is on hiatus for the upcoming 2022 season as renovations are made to Taft Stadium.
|Full name||Oklahoma City Energy Football Club|
|Founded||July 2, 2013|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|President||Bob Funk, Jr.|
|Head coach||Leigh Veidman|
|2021||5th, Central Division|
11th, Eastern Conference
Oklahoma City businessman Robert "Bob" Funk, Jr., was awarded a United Soccer League franchise on July 2, 2013, and in November, the club announced its name would be Oklahoma City Energy FC. The ownership group, Prodigal LLC, formerly Express sports, which operated the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League and formerly oversaw the Oklahoma City Dodgers (formerly Oklahoma/Oklahoma City Redhawks.) baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and the owned Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League. Recently retired Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was named Energy FC head coach for the inaugural season. Tim McLaughlin, founder of Fields & Futures, joined the club as an ownership partner prior to the start of the 2014 season. Energy FC won their first match away to Orange County Blues FC on April 5 and played their first home match against Orlando City SC on April 26 at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School's Pribil Stadium. The season ended with a 10th place finish – four points short of a playoff spot and averaging 3,702 in attendance for home matches. The club moved to the newly-renovated Taft Stadium for the 2015 season and finished second in the Western Conference, making the playoffs for the first time. Energy FC advanced to the Western Conference Final, where they lost to LA Galaxy II.
For the inaugural (2014.) season only, all games were broadcast on KXXY-FM radio with former Oklahoma sports personality Jack Damrill.For the 2016 and 2017 season Energy FC games were on local Television on KSBI on Cox Cable Oklahoma channel 7 and simulcasted on Cox digital HD channels 707. Currently the Oklahoma City Energy FC has no Radio or Television deal in place.
In 2016, the team finished 7th in the Western Conference and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. Energy FC also advanced to the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after defeating cross-town rival Rayo OKC 2–1 in extra time. That year also saw Energy FC host Club Deportivo Guadalajara in a friendly match played in front of 6,687 fans at Taft Stadium. Energy FC made the playoffs for a third consecutive season in 2017 after finishing 6th in the Western Conference. Back-to-back road wins earned the team a berth in the Conference Final for the second time in three years. Energy FC lost the match to Swope Park Rangers in a penalty shootout that saw both sides attempting 10 shots each, with the deciding goals coming down to each teams' goalkeepers. That year also saw the club host another international friendly, against 2017 Champions League winners CF Pachuca.
Prior to the 2018 season, Steve Cooke was named head coach of the club, a year after serving as interim head coach at MLS side Colorado Rapids. Energy FC narrowly missed the USL Playoffs competing for a spot until the final month of the season. On June 4, 2021, following a winless start to the 2021 USL Championship season, Pascarella and the OKC Energy mutually agreed to part ways.
For the 2014 season, home games began being played at Pribil Stadium on the campus of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School and introduced their team kits and logo. In 2015, the club moved to Historic Taft Stadium following extensive renovations made to that facility.
On December 10, 2019, Oklahoma City voters approved MAPS 4, a sales tax extension planned to fund 16 major projects over 8 years. MAPS 4 allocates $37 million towards the construction of a multipurpose stadium that would serve as the new home field for the Energy. As of October 2021, the city government is working to determine a final site and design for the stadium.
Energy FC's main rival are the FC Tulsa in the Black Gold Derby, with both teams being located in Oklahoma. The supporters group of both teams established a trophy, a 4-foot wrench painted with the colors of each team on either side, which is awarded to the regular season winner of the derby. Energy FC leads the series against Tulsa in all competitions with a record of 10–8–5 (W-D-L). Energy FC has secured the wrench four years out of the seven that the rivalry has been in existence. These years are 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2014–2016||Admiral||First Fidelity Bank|
- All-time record: 86–76–94 W-D-L (includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup)
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Avg. Attendance|
|2014||3||USL Pro||10th||Did not qualify||Third Round||3,784|
|2015||3||USL||2nd, Western||Conference Finals||Fourth Round||4,635|
|2016||3||USL||7th, Western||Conference Semifinals||Fourth Round||4,950|
|2017||2||USL||6th, Western||Conference Finals||Fourth Round||4,293|
|2018||2||USL||10th, Western||Did not qualify||Second Round||4,298|
|2019||2||USLC||15th, Western||Did not qualify||Fourth Round||4,442|
5th, Group D
|Did not qualify||Cancelled||N/A|
|2021||2||USLC||5th, Atlantic Division||Did not qualify||Cancelled||N/A|
- Includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup
|Jimmy Nielsen||Denmark||December 20, 2013||November 16, 2017||136||54||38||44||39.71|
|Steve Cooke||England||December 20, 2017||October 22, 2019||72||23||18||31||31.94|
|John Pascarella||United States||November 22, 2019||June 4, 2021||23||1||11||11||4.35|
|Leigh Veidman||England||June 4, 2021||present||25||8||9||8||32.00|
- Includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup
- As of October 10, 2021
Players and staffEdit
- As of November 5, 2021
Out on loanEdit
|1||GK||C. J. Cochran (on loan to Tampa Bay Rowdies)||United States|
- Leigh Veidman – Head Coach
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- "OKC Energy FC lands jersey sponsor". Soccer America Daily. Mar 13, 2014.
USL PRO expansion team OKC Energy FC has landed First Fidelity Bank as a founding partner and jersey sponsor for its inaugural season.
- "Energy FC To Suspend Play In 2022, Resume In 2023". OKC Energy FC. December 3, 2021. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
- "2021 Roster". EnergyFC.com. OKC Energy FC. Retrieved August 14, 2021.