Sacramento Republic FC (6-5-0, 18pts) was forced to play much of the game down to 10 men, as Rodrigo Lopez was sent off in the 11th minute after a play near the box.
Oklahoma City Energy FC (3-2-3, 12 pts) capitalized on its man-advantage in the 20th minute as Sebastian Dalgaard gave Energy FC a 1-0 lead. Dalgaard fielded a cross in front of the goal by Casey Townsend and knocked it past Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain, for his second goal of the season. Danni König added a second OKC goal in the 35th minute, giving Energy FC a 2-0 lead at the half.
Republic FC battled back in the second half despite being down to 10 men, and in the 61st minute Adnan Gabeljic cut the deficit in half. In heavy rain, both sides pushed forward in the final half-hour, but Energy FC held on for its third win of the season in the USL, and moved within a point of the top six positions in the Western Conference standings.
Republic FC returns to Bonney Field when they take on Chula Vista FC in their second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday, May 27. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The match is included in season ticket packages. Single match tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
Scoring Summary: OKC – Sebastian Dalgaard (Casey Townsend) 20, Danni König (Casey Townsend) 35; Adnan Gabeljic (Emrah Klimenta) 62
Misconduct Summary: OKC – Sebastian Dalgaard (caution) 60, Peabo Doue (caution) 66, Peabo Doue (caution/ejection) 80; SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (ejection) 9, Cameron Iwasa (caution) 44, Derek Foran (caution) 45, Nemanja Vuković (caution) 45.
Oklahoma City Energy FC – Evan Newton; Michael Thomas, Jacob Vancompernolle, Coady Andrews, Peabo Odue; Greg Mulamba, Gareth Evans, Chuy Sanchez (Kyle Greig 59); Casey Townsend (Michael Harris 39), Danni Konig, Sebastian Dalgaard (Cyprian Hedrick 90).
Subs Not Used: Ray Clark, Peter Toth, Omar Daley, Bryan Byars.
Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 2, Offside: 2.
Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe (Derek Foran 23, Zev Taublieb 77); Joaquin Rivas (Adnan Gabeljic 54), Ivan Mirković, Gilberto (Cameron Iwasa 34), Rodrigo Lopez; David Estrada, Justin Braun.
Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Max Alvarez, Gabe Gissie
Stats: Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 6, Corner Kicks: 9, Offside: 4.