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OKC Starts Strong, but Rapids Rally for Win

By George Darkow, 06/13/17, 11:15PM CDT


Energy FC falls 3-2 after 2-0 halftime lead

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Major League Soccer side, the Colorado Rapids, erased a 2-0 halftime deficit to sneak past OKC Energy FC, 3-2, in the fourth round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tuesday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

In the 89th minute, Colorado’s Dillon Powers sent a corner kick into the OKC box, where Dennis Castillo headed a shot around OKC defender Anthony Wallace and past keeper C.J. Cochran for what would be the game’s deciding score.

OKC got out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. In the 39th minute, Energy FC’s Daniel Jackson streaked up field with OKC on a 4-on-3 break and dished to Daniel Gonzalez, who rolled a shot past Rapids goalkeeper Zac Macmath and into the lower-right corner of the net.

A little more than five minutes later, Energy FC extended its lead to 2-0 when Jackson collected a loose ball in the lower-right corner of the Colorado box and sent a cross to Philip Rasmussen, who chipped a right-footed shot past Macmath. Jackson finished the match with two assists.

Colorado cut OKC’s lead to 2-1 shortly after the half, when Castillo sent a cross deep into the OKC six and Dominique Banji finished with a stabbing shot past Cochran.

The Rapids tied the match in the 66th minute, when a Powers corner kick was touched by Alan Gordon near the middle of the OKC box and caromed to Eric Miller, who tapped a shot into the vacated side of the Energy FC net.

For a third straight season, Energy FC was eliminated in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup by an MLS club.

Energy FC next travels to Portland, Ore., where the club will face Portland Timber 2 in a 9:30 p.m. CDT start on Monday, June 19, at Providence Park.

OKC’s next home match is Saturday, July 8, when Energy FC welcomes in-state rival Tulsa Roughnecks FC to Taft Stadium.