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Oklahoma City's Mekeil Williams, left, tries to take the ball away from Orange County's Darwin Jones during a USL game in April. The Energy will try to notch three standings points on Saturday against Colorado Springs at Taft Stadium. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]
Oklahoma City's Mekeil Williams, left, tries to take the ball away from Orange County's Darwin Jones during a USL game in April. The Energy will try to notch three standings points on Saturday against Colorado Springs at Taft Stadium. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Energy FC, coming off a disappointing 1-1 draw last Saturday night to Real Monarchs SLC, will face the struggling Colorado Springs Switchbacks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Taft Stadium.

The Switchbacks (2-7-2) have lost four matches in a row by a combined score of 10-2. Their last point came April 20 with a 2-2 draw against Portland Timbers 2. Their last win was March 23 against San Antonio FC.

“Any team in this league can beat anyone,” Energy FC midfielder Rafael Garcia said. “We take every game seriously and treat every team with respect. For us, it’s all about what we are doing and what we’re trying to accomplish, which is to get three points this weekend.”

Energy FC coach Steve Cooke said the Switchbacks will bring the fight Saturday night against Oklahoma City.

“As always, they’re a very tough team to play against, very tough to beat, and they have some experienced players who have been in the league a long time,” he said. “They’re going to give us a real hard game, so we have to be mentally prepared and play with quality again.”

Saturday’s night match is the second of a three-game homestand that began with Real Monarchs stealing a win from Energy FC (4-4-3) by scoring in the final moments to salvage of 1-1 draw. Garcia said the result was disappointing.

“I thought we deserved the three points,” he said.

Opponents have been sitting back against Energy FC and denying the attack. Cooke said that is to be expected.

“When you’re a team that have scored quite a few goals, home and away, people are going to try and stop that,” Cooke said. “That’s normal. Our job is to make sure we are a little more aggressive and positive going forward but that we also stay solid defensively.”

Energy FC sits ninth in the Western Conference standings with 15 points. Colorado Springs is in 17th place with eight points.

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ENERGY FC VS. COLORADO SPRINGS

Where: Taft Stadium

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday

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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