July 12, 2014

Pittsburgh dispatched by streaking Energy FC

OKLAHOMA CITY — A coming of age summer for Oklahoma City Energy FC continued on Saturday in a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.

That makes it seven games without a loss for OKC, a stretch that extends back to the end of May. What’s more, they haven’t conceded a goal in 402 minutes and have four clean sheets in four consecutive home games.

But three wins from four games haven’t come without goals. On this occasion Michael Thomas and new signing Dan Delgado drew the plaudits, both assisted by winger Adda Djeziri who, like his team, is heating up with the summer.

There was also no doubting the influence of new loan signing Jimmy Medranda. Still lacking match fitness after his move from parent club Sporting Kansas City, the midfielder could only give 54 minutes, but what a shift it was.

Medranda was everywhere he needed to be and the force at the center of Energy FC attacks. Djeziri was the perfect outlet, not afraid to run at defenders and create all sorts of havoc.

Full of energy inside the first 10 minutes, Medranda pressured Riverhounds left back Sterling Flunder in the corner, stealing the ball before winning the free kick. It all seemed so predetermined when Djeziri’s cross found Michael Thomas wide open at the back post.

In fact, Djeziri later said they had worked on that exact set-piece in Friday practice. It paid off with early momentum.

If that wasn’t easy enough, the second goal on 19 minutes was even more so. This time Djeziri stole it off defender Anthony Arena as the Riverhounds tried to play it out of the back. Delgado, smelling blood in the water, tucked inside from the left and was found around the penalty spot. The keeper, Mike Lisch, closed down only for Delgado to shimmy left and dispatch easily.

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