In round four action of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, FC Dallas do battle with USL’s Oklahoma Energy FC, who currently have won seven straight in all competitions. That pushed the Energy to the top of the Western Conference on 24 points. They lead Seattle Sounders FC 2 by one point with a game in hand. The US Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament. If the game is tied after regulation, the game goes to extra time and then kicks from the mark for a winner.
The Energy’s last match against in-state rivals, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, ended in a 2-0 win for the Energy. Goals from Danni Konig and Gareth Evans propelled the Energy to three more points. Konig struck in the 27th minute. Kyle Greig moved the ball into the box and shot, the deflection fell straight to Konig who pushed it past the Roughnecks’ keeper, Zac Lubin for 1-0.
Gareth Evans scored his first goal in an Energy shirt as he headed a Chuy Sanchez corner past the keeper for 2-0. The score line would hold for Energy. They come into this match on a high, they are arguably the hottest team in USL. Where-as FC Dallas, are one of the coldest teams in MLS.
A shorthanded Dallas side fell 3-0 to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Dallas are currently going through a slew of absences due to international duty. FC Dallas will also be without Matt Hedges as he nurses a hamstring injury. It was unlikely for Hedges to start anyway, as Dallas will most likely field a weaker side from their normal eleven in MLS play.
Oklahoma City are not to be taken likely, and there is real danger for FC Dallas coming into this match. The beaten up FC Dallas are fielding a weaker side, and Oklahoma City only have to travel three hours to Fort Worth for this match. They will be coming off of three days of rest as their last match was on Friday and will most likely field their full eleven. A full eleven that is currently dominating the USL.
This should be a very interesting match, and a good chance for some of the bench players and reserves to prove they deserve time during all the Gold Cup absences FC Dallas will face during that tournament next month. The match is a 8:00 P.M. central, at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University.