OKC Energy FC (USL) 2 at Rayo OKC (NASL) 1 (a.e.t.)
In yet another comeback win in the Third Round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup, OKC Energy FC trumped cross-town rival Rayo OKC’s opening strike to claim victory in the first Oklahoma City Derby. The scoresheet lit up just before the break when Billy Forbes opened the scoring for Rayo OKC in the 42nd minute, but saw his strike quickly cancelled out by Sebastian Dalgaard’s equalizer on the stroke of halftime. In the second 45, Rayo squandered numerous chances to seize the lead and once the teams entered overtime, Energy FC struck the fatal blow in the 107th minute when Kyle Hyland headed home the winning goal to send the Greens into a Fourth Round match-up at FC Dallas on June 15.
OKC Energy FC (USL) at Rayo OKC (NASL)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. CT; Yukon Miller Stadium; Yukon, Okla.
OKC Energy FC Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Third appearance (Fourth Round: 2015)
Rayo OKC Previous Appearances: First appearance (Third Round: 2016)
- Energy FC arrived in the Third Round after defeating Mississippi Brilla FC 10-9 penalty kicks following a 0-0 draw.
- OKC Energy FC makes its third appearance in the U.S. Open Cup following their run to the tournament’s fourth round in 2015. On that run, Energy FC defeated Midland/Odessa Sockers 3-1 in the second round and Tulsa Roughnecks 1-0 in the third round before falling 4-1 to FC Dallas.
- The club is coached by Jimmy Nielsen, who backstopped Sporting KC to the 2012 U.S. Open Cup championship.
- Led by former San Antonio Scorpions head coach Alen Marcina, Rayo OKC plays its first-ever Open Cup match on Wednesday night.
- Energy FC enters the match with a 3-1-4 record (13 pts.), placing them eighth in the USL’s Western Conference. Rayo OKC has started its inaugural campaign with a 2-4-2 mark (8 pts.), which puts them eighth in the NASL’s Spring Season table.
- Should Rayo OKC win, they’ll host FC Dallas in Fourth Round play. Should Energy FC win, they’ll visit FC Dallas. Either match would be played on June 15.