Oklahoma City Energy FC and FC Dallas have agreed to a two-year affiliation, the clubs announced today.
Oklahoma City head coach Jimmy Nielsen joined FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo and head coach Oscar Pareja at the MLS Combine this week, and the trio is already working closely together. The agreement between the two clubs allows FC Dallas to send players on loan to the USL side. They can be recalled at any time, enabling FC Dallas to provide its expanding stable of players with quality minutes in a well-respected division of professional soccer in North America.
“We are pleased to affiliate with FC Dallas,” said Energy FC co-owner Bob Funk Jr. “As a founding member of MLS, FC Dallas has proven to be innovative in their approach to business and to growing the sport of soccer under a single banner in their community. In addition to learning from their business department, our on-field product can improve with the quality players that FC Dallas will offer to our organization.”
“Every time you have the opportunity to surround yourself with good people and a good franchise, it’s always a plus,” Clavijo said. “We were looking at opportunities early on in the year to keep doing better. Finding the partnership with Oklahoma City Energy FC was a big plus for us. Being able to drive is a plus. (They are) only three hours away. But I also saw the quality of the individuals. The quality of the franchise helped us make the decision.”
The two sides will meet at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City on Saturday, Feb. 27, for a preseason friendly match. The match is set to kick off at 7 p.m., and tickets are available for purchase at energyfc.com or by calling 405-235-KICK.