OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma City Energy suffered their largest defeat of the season at the hands of New Mexico United 3-0.
The Energy remain winless at home this season, taking just two points from the possible 12 this season.
Here are the match ratings from the loss:
C.J. Cochran (GK)- 5
Cochran was hung out to dry multiple times by his defense.
With very little help, he allowed a season high three goals in the defeat.
He did have a nice moment just before the half, denying Kalen Ryden’s free header at his back post.
Jon Brown (D)- 6
Brown did the best with an uncomfortable situation.
Thrown into the fray at wing back, a position foreign to Brown, his night was made more complicated with the halftime move to a four defender system.
He could have done better in both first half goals, though the blame for neither truly lies at his feet.
In the second half, his interplay with Jose Hernandez was dynamic, helping the Energy mount attacks and try to claw back into the game.
Atiba Harris (D)- 4
Defensive headaches continued for the Energy against New Mexico United. The worst part? It feels like the same story every week.
Composed the majority of the time, but moments where the entire defense shuts off and fails the team.
Two such moments occurred in the first half, and it was the captain Harris who got the hook at halftime.
Christian Ibeagha (D), Nico Taravel (D)- 4
The pair of center backs for the Energy survived half time, but made life difficult for their team most of the night.
Plagued with giveaways under pressure, they held strong in the second half until stoppage time when Joris Ahlinvi drove a rebound into the bottom corner of the Energy goal.
The play at the heart of the Oklahoma City defense will have to improve headed into the second half of the season.
Zach Ellis-Hayden (D)- 5
Ellis-Hayden was his typical self, though he will be overshadowed by the score line.
He was solid enough in his defensive duties, and continues to torture the opposition pressing forward.
Charlie Ward (M)- 5
A victim of being overrun in the midfield, Ward struggled to pull the strings against New Mexico.
Rafa Garcia (M)- 6
Another solid shift in the midfield for Garcia.
He looks to be Oklahoma City’s best midfielder in their three defender system, always knowing when to hold his position and when to venture forward in attack.
He was unable to pick out any teammates on his set pieces. Garcia is usually good for a dangerous ball in every time out.
Arun Basuljevic (F)- 7
Basuljevic gifted his team two of their best chances of the evening.
After rinsing the New Mexico defense, Basuljevic won a penalty that Jaime Chavez was unable to convert.
He also came close to a worldie, sending the ball just inches over the bar from about 30 yards out.
Jose Hernandez (F)- 6
Though the team struggled to create any dangerous chances in the first half, Hernandez was a creative hub for Oklahoma City before his removal in the second half.
His link-up play down the left with Brown injected life into the Energy after a dismal first half.
Jaime Chavez (F)- 5
Again provided little service, Chavez could have turned the game on it’s head moments into the second half.
Basuljevic delivered the team a penalty, but Chavez failed to convert from the spot for the first time in his career, spraying his shot wide of the right post.
Otherwise, Chavez’s holdup play was admirable given he was left on an island for most of the night.
Frank Lopez (F)- 7
Replacing Harris out of the half, Lopez made an immediate impact. Unable to find the back of the net, he asked questions of the New Mexico back line and was the creative hub for much of the half.
The Energy will hope he’s available from the jump last time out as he’s been dynamic every time he’s seen the field.
Omar Gordon (F)- 5
Though he didn’t play poorly, Gordon failed to make a huge impact off the bench.
He had two or three nice runs forward, but couldn’t corral the ball to turn his runs into anything special for Oklahoma City.
N/R: Tucker Stephenson, Brad Dunwell