Sporting KC continues its partnership with OKC Energy FC for the 2015 season, loaning midfielder Mikey Lopez to our official USL affiliate. Each week, we’ll recap the performances of Sporting KC players in our Loan Lowdown series.
OKC Energy FC reclaimed first place in the USL's Western Conference with their seventh straight win on Saturday, a 2-0 victory over expansion side Tulsa Roughnecks FC (4-6-2) at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City. Sporting KC midfielder Mikey Lopez, on loan with the club's official USL affiliate since March, came off the bench for the third straight match as a second-half substitute.
The 22-year-old midfielder replaced Casey Townsend in the 72nd minute after Danni Konig (27') and Gareth Evans (49') had given OKC Energy FC (7-2-3) the 2-0 lead. Konig now has three goals in his past two games and is second in the USL with eight goals scored this season, while Evan Newton recorded his fifth straight clean sheet in net.
Led by head coach Jimmy Nielsen, OKC Energy FC improved to 2-0-1 against their in-state rival in 2015. The team will now prepare to play FC Dallas in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth round on Tuesday at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Follow @EnergyFC and @EnergyGameday on Twitter for in-game updates throughout the 2015 season.
In other USL action on Saturday, St. Louis FC (3-3-5) earned a 1-1 draw against the Harrisburg City Islanders (4-3-3) at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Missouri. Sporting KC will host St. Louis FC in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Sporting Park (tickets).
St. Louis FC made four changes to their starting lineup from their previous USL match, electing to rest goalkeeper Mark Pais and centerback James Musa. Saturday's match was suspended in the 57th minute due to inclement weather before resuming approximately 30 minutes later.
Mikey Lopez (OKC Energy FC)
2015 USL Stats
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