Energy FC Play Final Match of 2019 Tomorrow Night
Energy FC (15th, 9-13-11, 38 points) will finish the season on the road after their chances of making the postseason were ended last week with a 2-0 defeat at home to Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.
Up next is Phoenix Rising FC (1st, 23-4-6, 75 points), the top team in the league. The sides' meeting at Taft Stadium back on June 22 ended in a 4-1 win for PHX with MVP candidate and the league leader in goals and assists, Solomon Asante, scoring a brace. Rafael Garcia scored the lone Energy FC goal from the penalty spot.
With Head Coach Steve Cooke announcing that goalkeeper Cody Laurendi will miss the match to undergo a minor surgical procedure, Bryan Byars will step in goal. Laurendi heads into the final week of the season leading the league in saves with 105, nine clear of the Charlotte Independence's Brandon Miller.
This will be the 12th meeting in a rivalry that dates back to 2014 with Phoenix holding a slight, 4-5-2 edge in the all-time series.
Coach Cooke will have a few more options to choose from this week with Alvin Jones, Je-Vaughn Watson and Mekeil Williams returning from international duty and Kyle Hyland returning from suspension.
Deshorn Brown leads OKC with 14 goals and Omar Gordon has the most assists with seven.
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