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Energy FC looks to break winless streak

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Cody Laurendi January 31, 2019: The OKC Energy FC players pose for head shots prior to the start of the 2019 season.
Cody Laurendi January 31, 2019: The OKC Energy FC players pose for head shots prior to the start of the 2019 season.

After a promising start to the season, Energy FC could really use a win.

Energy FC opened the season with two victories and optimism was high, but the club is now on a four-match winless streak. Memories of last season's poor start, where the club lost eight straight regular season matches, are creeping back into the minds of fans.

The Greens, 2-3-1, haven’t won in more than a month. Since a 2-1 victory over the Las Vegas Lights on March 16, Energy FC has lost three consecutive matches and needed a dramatic rally to tie Reno 3-3 otherwise the losing streak would be four.

The past two outings have been especially disappointing losses for Energy FC. Oklahoma City led the Portland Timbers 2-0 at the half two weeks ago only to lose 3-2 at home with the winning goal scored in stoppage time.

Last week, Rio Grande Valley earned its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Energy FC in Edinburg, Texas.

“It was a tough match, one we want to quickly forget, but we also want to learn from it,” Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi said of the loss.

Energy FC coaches and players say they must turn the page and put the defeats behind them as they look ahead to Saturday night’s home match against Orange County SC.

“Obviously, we are disappointed in the result, but the players believe in each other and believe in themselves,” Energy FC coach Steve Cooke said. “I think the only way for us is to go forward.”

Atiba Harris, who scored Energy FC’s lone goal against Rio Grande Valley, shared the same sentiment.

“I think after a game, like in life, you come off a difficult moment and are going to be a little frustrated but the guys came back ready to work,” he said. “We stay positive, and hopefully we win this weekend.”

Laurendi’s said the club’s confidence hasn’t waned.

“We believe in one another, and we believe in ourselves,” he said. “With tough times, you deal with them and we get through them together.”

During the losing streak Energy FC has been without leading scorer Deshorn Brown, who injured his knee. His status for Saturday night’s match against Orange County SC is unknown.

Orange County SC is 2-2-2 on the season but has won its last two matches.

“I think Orange County is a very good team,” Cooke said. “Last year they were the best team in the West throughout the year and that’s what we want to achieve as well. So we have a tough task ahead of us but one that we are more than ready for.”

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ENERGY FC VS. ORANGE COUNTY SC

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday

Where: Taft Stadium

Coverage: The match can streamed on 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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