The stage is set. The Oklahoma City Engergy FC host the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC tonight in the USL Western Conference semi-final. The winner advances to play the Los Angeles Galaxy II.
The Energy FC finished the regular season in second place with 47 points just above the Switchbacks, who came in third on 46 points. That 1 point difference earned Oklahoma City a bye week to start the playoffs. They last played on September 16th earning a 1-0 road victory against Arizona United. The Switchbacks FC, on the otherhand, had to host the Seattle Sounders 2 in the opening playoff round. In typical fashion, Colorado started stong at home scoring 2 goals in the opening 25 minutes and controlled the rest of the game.
The teams met twice during the regular season. Their first meeting was the second game of the year at Sand Creek Stadium in Colorado. Oklahoma City edged out the win with a stoppage goal. The game finished 2-1. In the penultimate game of the season, the two played out a 3-3 goal fest in Oklahoma. The Switchbacks sealed the draw on the road with a 90th minute converted spot kick.
Each team is led by a MVP level player. Oklahoma City has the new face to the league, Dani Konnig. The Dannish striker has lit up the goal this season. He scored 21 goals and was the first to break the single season goal scoring record. The Switchbacks for their inaugural season recruited midfielder Luke Vercollone from the Richmond Kickers. The veteran has led by example. He leads the team in goals and assists while providing steel in the midfield.
There is not much to separate these two sides. The game promises to be tightly contested with a lot of passion of both sides of the ball.
7:00pm ET: OKC Energy FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC