OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC can clinch a place in the USL Cup Playoffs with a win, but will face a major test from a Swope Park Rangers side it has fallen two twice previously this season, and that is still battling for second place in the Western Conference when the teams meet at Taft Stadium on Sunday evening. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. CT.
OKC Energy FC news and notes
Current record: 12-11-7, 43pts
Energy FC moved within range of a place in the playoffs with a 3-0 victory against the LA Galaxy II last Sunday evening to open up a three-game season-ending home stand.
Jose Angulo scored a hat trick in the match, opening the scoring with a penalty kick in the 38th minute before two more goals in the 67th and 68th minutes that wrapped up the victory.
Angulo was named the USL Player of the Week for his performance as he recorded the 10th hat trick in the USL this season.
The win was both the second in a row for Energy FC and the second straight where it recorded three goals in a game. OKC had only recorded three-or-more goals on three occasions this season prior to its last two contests.
Swope Park Rangers news and notes
Current record: 16-7-7, 55pts
The Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a dramatic 2-2 draw against Rio Grande Valley FC last Saturday night at H-E-B Park.
The Rangers scored twice in the final 15 minutes, the first an own goal before Kharlton Belmar equalized in the first minute of stoppage time.
Belmar's goal was his 14th of the season, continuing his standout year. The Rangers forward has scored in five consecutive games going into Sunday's contest, one off the season-high of six consecutive games with a goal recorded by Reno 1868 FC's Dane Kelly earlier this year.
The Rangers are now undefeated in their last four games, going 3-0-1 in that span to move into third place in the Western Conference. The Rangers are tied on points with both second-place Reno 1868 FC and fourth-place San Antonio FC, both of whom play on Saturday night.
OKC – GK: C.J. Cochran, Jacob Lissek; D: Richard Dixon, Kyle Hyland, Sam Fink, Mickey Daly, Michael Harris, Anthony Wallace, Coady Andrews; M: Chad Bond, Juan Pablo Guzman, Miguel Gonzalez, Alex Dixon, Daniel Gonzalez, Jose Barril, Luis Martinez; F: Jose Angulo, Wojciech Wojcik, Andy Craven, Jonathan Brown
Swope Park – GK: Adrian Zendejas, David Greczek, Darrin MacLeod; D: Amer Didic, Parker Maher, Oumar Ballo, Liam Doyle, Joe Amico, Colton Storm, Tyler Pasher, Erik Palmer-Brown, Dakota Barnathan, Will Little; M: Felipe Hernandez, Gianluca Busio, Christian Duke, Robert Mirosavic, Kevin Oliveira, Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal, Lebo Moloto, James Musa; F: Kharlton Belmar, Nansel Selbol, Cameron Iwasa, Mark Anthony Gonzalez, Diego Rubio, Max Rugova
OKC – Accumulation warning: Mickey Daly
Swope Park – Accumulation warning: Liam Doyle
REF: MALIK BADAWI
AR1: Sina Kanshef
AR2: Eric Bares
4TH: Benjamin Moore
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