ENERGY FC Upcoming Games

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Adda Djeziri battles with Seth Moses of Orange County Blues FC during May 10 action at Pribil Stadium
Kyle Greig plays a header toward a teammate during Energy FC's 1-0 loss Saturday night.
Energy midfielder Kyle Miller looks to pass the ball to a teammate.
Two Energy defenders battle for the ball against Orange County Blues FC.
Energy midfielder Philip Lund chases down a loose ball.
OKC's Philip Lund (10) and Orange County defender Fabrice Gautrat (4) compete for a header.

ENERGY FC Upcoming Games

By Tim Farley

Energy FC will try to break a four-game losing streak Wednesday when it begins play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in Tulsa.

Energy will take on the Tulsa Athletics in a 7:30 p.m. game at Athletics Stadium inside the Tulsa County Fairgrounds. The Athletics are a member of the National Premier Soccer League.

An Energy FC victory would pit the Oklahoma City team against the winner of the Portland Timbers U-23 team and Arizona United, of the United Soccer League Pro division. That matchup is set for May 28.

On Friday, Energy FC returns to USL Pro action when they host the Richmond Kickers in a 7 p.m. game at Pribil Stadium in Oklahoma City. Energy FC (2-5 overall) won two of its first three games, but has dropped four in a row since mid-April. Two of the losses have come against league-leading Orlando City SC.

Cup action
The 101st edition of the tournament features 80 teams, an increase from the then-record 68 that took the field last year. The expansion results in both the largest number of amateur teams (42) in the tournament proper—exceeding the previous record of 34 set last year—as well as the largest contingent of pro clubs (38, surpassing last year’s record of 34), with all Division I, II and III professional sides participating for the third consecutive year. An additional record for the competition will see 24 second-round matches played, exceeding the previous high of 18 in a single round (2013 first round).

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000 and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports.

The runner-up will take home $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn a $15,000 cash prize. D.C. United is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having won its third tournament title (following triumphs in 1996 and 2008) after a tense 1-0 road victory over Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1, 2013. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

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