San Antonio FC and OKC Energy have met 6 times, with both teams leaving with a point in 5 of those meetings. The lone victory favored the 2016 OKC squad. Now the two immovable objects meet in the USL Western Conference Semifinals, forcing a second result to be added to the clubs’ all-time record.
San Antonio broke Tulsa’s heart in the first week of the USL playoffs, coming back to claim victory 2-1. OKC upset attacking powerhouse Reno 1868 in the first round with a 1-0 road victory.
Some of the biggest factors in this match are likely to be the less familiar faces. SAFC’s Ever Guzman has hit his stride at just the right moment, with the forward scoring in all four of the matches the Texas club has played in October. Winger Omar Gordon’s skills on the ball have dazzled home fans, as the Jamaican loan player has made his impact felt since joining mid season. On the other side, OKC’s Wojciech Wojcik has scored in the previous 2 matches helping the club to its current five-match winning streak.
Of course the familiar faces of Billy Forbes, Diego Restrepo, and Sebastien Ibeagha will likely face off against players like Sam Fink, Kyle Hyland, and Juan Guzman. This is a rivalry after all, and that familiarity could lead to some interesting moments. But in the end, it’s anyone’s guess on which team gets the second result of this series.
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USL Playoffs Western Conference Semifinal. San Antonio, TX. 10/28/2017. Kickoff 7:30pm CDT. #SAvOKC
How to Watch: USL Match Center, USLSoccer.com
Keys for SAFC: Just like last week, the defense has to hold. But more than that, the club that is able to steal a goal on a counter is likely to move on in the tournament. Otherwise we may be headed to penalties.
Player to Watch: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Ever Guzman is the hot foot right now. Feed him.
Pitch Black News Projected Starting XI (4-1-4-1): Restrepo; Newnam, McCarthy, Ibeagha, Cochrane; Roushandel; Gordon, Elizondo, Reed, Forbes; Guzman
Kyle Mahnke: SA 0-0 OKC (SA wins in penalties)
Jonathan Check: SA 2–1 OKC (AET)
Jose Mario Jimenez: SA 2-0 OKC
Miguel Garcia: SA – OKC