Energy FC on Road against Rival San Antonio Tomorrow Night
Energy FC (10th, 9-9-10, 37 points) are back on the road after a 3-1 loss at home to New Mexico United. Deshorn Brown recorded his 12th goal of the season in the defeat to extend his team lead.
Next up is a matchup with familiar foe, San Antonio FC (9-11-7, 13th, 34 points). Energy FC and SAFC have met nine times since 2015, with the sides playing to seven draws. The only win for San Antonio came last season at Taft Stadium, as the visitors left with a 2-1 win. The most famous match between the clubs ended with an OKC victory - the 2017 Western Conference Semi-final. After a 1-1 draw after extra time, the Greens advanced via a penalty shootout to book a spot in the Western Conference Final for the second time in club history.
San Antonio had been enjoying a resurgence up until their last two outings. Prior to defeats away to the Tacoma Defiance and Phoenix Rising FC, SAFC picked up five wins and two draws in the previous eight matches to enter the playoff conversation.
A big reason for the turn in form is due to the stellar play of Cristian Parano. The 20-year-old Argentine, who spent his youth career at both Boja Juniors and River Plate, recorded five goals in five appearances on his way to earning a USL Championship Player of the Month nomination for August.
Now that the latest Concacaf Nations League matches are in the books, Josh Garcia, Alvin Jones and Je-Vaughn Watson should be available for selection at the weekend, after the trio impressed for their countries.
Midfielder Kal Okot could be sidelined for a bit after being involved in a car accident last weekend that caused him to miss the match against New Mexico. There has been no timetable provided for his return yet.
Deshorn Brown still leads OKC with 12 goals, Omar Gordon has the most assists with seven, and Cody Laurendi is now at a league-leading 89 saves.
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