OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma _ The Oklahoma City Energy are red hot, and after Tuesday’s 2-0 result against Whitecaps II, the Energy look to add to their six game winning streak as in-state rival Tulsa Roughnecks FC come to Oklahoma City for the first time.
As it stands, OKC sits atop of the USL’s Western Conference table at 6-2-3 and with 21 points, a total 180 from last season where the Energy finished towards the bottom of the league. Now in their second season, it would appear that OKC is playing as well as anyone in the league.
Oklahoma City has yet to lose to Tulsa this season, earning a draw in Tulsa’s inaugural match to open the season, and 1-0 victory in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Tulsa has struggled to find their place in the USL in their first season, but have won tough matches before, including a rather dominant win over one of the West’s best, the Seattle Sounders II.
During the Energy’s hot streak, Danni König who has come along beautifully since the start of May, has been the catalyst to their success, scoring in six of their last seven matches, and sits with seven goals on the season.
Tulsa will have to weather the storm of Oklahaom City’s press attack if they want a result Friday night. The Energy have made their bread and butter on attacking the wings and controlling the ball in the midfield and the attacking third.
Unless things change for Tulsa, Friday night’s edition of the Oklahoma Derby will be the last until next season as the teams are not scheduled again in the regular season.