OKLAHOMA CITY —
Abraham Villon is one of Energy FC's more recognizable players, though not for a very big reason.
At 5' 5" (and even he admits that is "pushing it"), he looks more like a kid than man in his mid-20s trying to make it; that is until he gets the ball at his feet.
"I try to use my intelligence to overpower my physical attributes, and hopefully it will continue to bring me success," Villon said after last weekend's win against New York Red Bulls Reserves.
Villon joined Oklahoma City shortly after their trip to play LA Galaxy II back in April. He plied his college trade with San Diego State after growing up in Garden Grove, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. It's the first taste of professional soccer for the 24-year-old.
After this week's news that midfielder Christian Duke was recalled from his loan by Sporting Kansas City, Villon's start last weekend certainly won't be his last.
"I haven't been playing in the first part of the season," Villon said. "I was waiting for my time. My time came, and I just wanted to give my all, work as hard as I can."
Villon looked lively, playing the attacking midfielder role behind striker Philip Lund. In 90 minutes, he used his knowledge to pop up in space where he could easily create things around the box. Villon is quick, agile, and shows a clear knowledge for the game.
Coming into that match off an extra time loss to Arizona in the U.S. Open Cup, Energy FC could easily have succumbed to heavy legs. It was the quick, energetic play from players like Villon that spurred them forward.
It's promising from a player that will, more than likely, serve as the glue that holds an attack together multiple times this season.