USL PRO unveiled Energy FC's 2015 regular season schedule on Monday. The schedule features 28 matches, including 14 home matches at renovated Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City. Energy FC opens on the road against Tulsa on Saturday, March 28 in the first of four meetings between the in-state rivals. OKC opens at Taft Stadium on Saturday, April 18 against the Seattle Sounders 2.
“We are happy to be on the brink of what promises to be an exciting USL PRO season,” said Energy FC Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen. “It's our goal to play attractive soccer and be a great advertisement for the game. We are going to make a good run at the playoffs and want our fans with us every step of the way.”
Energy FC plays in the newly aligned USL PRO western conference and plays each conference rival on the road and at home. Those teams include the Arizona United, Austin Aztex, Colorado Springs Switchbacks, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues, Portland Timbers 2, Real Monarchs, Sacramento Republic, Seattle Sounders 2, Tulsa Roughnecks and Vancouver Whitecaps 2. Energy FC also faces two USL PRO eastern conference opponents in Louisville on the road and a home-and-home with St. Louis FC.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup opening round is set for May 20 with the subsequent rounds on May 27, June 17 and June 22.
“The schedule is something everyone at the club, as well as our fans, have eagerly been waiting for,” said Energy FC General Manager Jason Hawkins. “It makes it real, as you can now truly plan out the year from a technical standpoint. We're excited to see the new opponents, especially in the central part of the United States. The countdown begins now.”
The 2015 season brings changes to USL PRO's single-elimination playoff format with the top six finishers in each conference moving on to the four-week postseason. Teams will be seeded No. 1 through No. 6 in each conference, with the top two seeds receiving first-round byes and the No. 3 seed hosting the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed hosting the No. 5 seed.
The winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 6 game will then travel to face the No. 2 seed, and the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game will travel to face the No. 1 seed. The winners will meet in the Eastern & Western Conference Championship games with the remaining two teams advancing to square off in the 2015 USL PRO Championship, hosted by the higher seeded club.
Season tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now at EnergyFC.com and by phone at 235-5425 (KICK).
2015 ENERGY FC USL PRO SCHEDULE
Date Day Opponent Time (CT)
March 28 Saturday at Tulsa 7 p.m.
April 4 Saturday at Colorado Springs 2 p.m.
APRIL 18 SATURDAY SEATTLE 7 P.M.
APRIL 25 SATURDAY ST. LOUIS 7 P.M.
May 1 Friday at Austin 8 p.m.
MAY 9 SATURDAY LA GALAXY II 7 P.M.
May 15 Friday at Seattle 9:30 p.m.
May 17 Sunday at Vancouver 4 p.m.
MAY 23 SATURDAY SACRAMENTO 7 P.M.
MAY 31 SUNDAY AUSTIN 7 P.M.
JUNE 5 FRIDAY PORTLAND 7 P.M.
JUNE 9 TUESDAY VANCOUVER 7 P.M.
JUNE 13 SATURDAY TULSA 7 P.M.
June 20 Saturday at Sacramento 10 p.m.
June 27 Saturday at Louisville 6:30 p.m.
July 1 Wednesday at Orange County 9:30 p.m.
July 5 Sunday at LA Galaxy II TBA
JULY 11 SATURDAY ORANGE COUNTY 7 P.M.
JULY 18 SATURDAY TULSA 7 P.M.
July 25 Saturday at St. Louis TBA
JULY 31 FRIDAY ARIZONA 7 P.M.
August 8 Saturday at Portland 9 p.m.
AUGUST 15 SATURDAY REAL MONARCHS 7 P.M.
AUGUST 29 SATURDAY AUSTIN 7 P.M.
September 2 Wednesday at Real Monarchs 8 p.m.
September 6 Sunday at Tulsa 7:30 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 12 SATURDAY COLORADO SPRINGS 7 P.M.
September 16 Wednesday at Arizona 9:30 p.m.