OKLAHOMA CITY – Energy FC has signed defender Mueng Sunday, pending league and federation approval, Head Coach John Pascarella announced today.
Sunday attended the 2020 Open Combine and was then invited to train with the team throughout the season. Sunday previously spent six seasons with Des Moines Menace of USL League Two, winning three regular season championships and five Heartland Division championships.
“Mueng played for me in Des Moines, so we know each other well,” said Pascarella. “I know his game, his strong suits and how he takes care of himself professionally off the field. He fits into our culture, he fits well into our locker room, and he fits a skillset and a need by being able to play in central midfield or as a full back.
“We were unable to sign him last year with certain restrictions caused by Covid, but he trained with us all season, and we were finally able to add him this offseason. His drive and determination to come out every single day last season without any guarantees of signing a contract exemplifies the type of person he is. He’s a resilient kid and a hard worker with a strong mentality, and that’s why he’s here.”
Born in Mangu, Nigeria, the 26-year-old moved to Iowa in 2001 at the age of six. After a youth and high school soccer career in Iowa City that included multiple state championships and Gatorade Player of the Year honors, Sunday attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and made 72 appearances. While at Drake, he was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team four times, named to the NSCAA All-West Region Team twice, and led the team to the MVC championship in 2015.
Sunday joins goalkeepers CJ Cochran and Kyle Ihn, defenders Robert Coronado, Conor Donovan, Zach Ellis-Hayden, Atiba Harris and Mitch Osmond, midfielders Arun Basuljevic, Brad Dunwell, Kodai Iida, Hiroki Kurimoto, Seth Moses and Charlie Ward, and forwards Jon Brown, Jaime Chavez, Aidan Daniels, Frank Lopez, Groutchov Pierre and Tucker Stephenson as the players currently under contract for OKC in 2021.
Energy FC begins its eighth season in 2021 with a schedule announcement forthcoming. More information regarding Season Seat Memberships and Group Experiences can be found at energyfc.com/tickets.