Tuesday, April 08, 2014

All Three Loaned Players Debut - Sporting Loan Update

A day later than I said last week because I'd forgotten that Oklahoma City had a game late on Monday that would involve two of Sporting KC's loaned players.

Oklahoma had a two game swing in Southern California taking on the Orange County Blues and LA Galaxy II. The game on Saturday saw just one of KC's loaned players make their debut. Christian Duke started for the Energy in the midfield and in the 11th minute recorded the first assist in the club's history, setting up Kyle Grieg. The Energy ended up getting a second goal 17 minutes later to double their lead. Duke came out in stoppage time for former KC academy player, David Leichty.

Two days later Duke started again for the Energy against the LA Galaxy II. Also appearing, making his debut for the Energy, was Jon Kempin. Kempin missed the first game against the Blues as he was in Kansas City after being recalled by KC to be Eric Kronberg's back up with Andy Gruenebaum injured. Against the Galaxy, the Energy grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but then allowed three unanswered goals and were down 3-1 at the half. The Energy pulled one back before the hour mark to make it 3-2, but the Galaxy scored a fourth on Kempin in stoppage time to make the final score 4-2 for the Galaxy.

In Orlando, Mikey Lopez also made his debut for the Lions. After being an unused sub in their first two games, Lopez came on in the 87th minute for Orlando as they picked up their first win of the season, 3-1 over the Rochester Rhinos.

Next week, Oklahoma City will play Arizona United in that club's first game of the season, and then on Tuesday will travel to Dallas to take on the FC Dallas reserves. Meanwhile Orlando will host the Charleston Battery.

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