OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma City Energy kept their first clean sheet of this season, but ultimately settled for a draw against Rio Grande Valley FC.
The 0-0 draw was their last home game before traveling to face Group D leaders San Antonio FC.
Here are the match ratings for tonight’s game:
CJ Cochran (GK) – 8
Cochran was easily the best player on the pitch tonight. He made multiple saves in significant times and bailed out the defensive line when they made scary mistakes.
Cochran executed an amazing save 74 minutes in when there was a second chance shot off a corner kick. He forcefully pushed the ball over the crossbar to give OKC a chance to breath and regroup.
Joe Amico (D) – 6
Amico was OKC’s best defender tonight. This was Amico’s first start back since his injury and he proved he could produce a solid performance from the start. He did not make any major mistakes, but he was not given many opportunities to stand out on the offensive end.
Nico Taravel (D) – 5
Taravel struggled a little bit in the back. He did not always hit clean passes, but Taravel always cleared the ball away from the goal. Bottom line: that’s what a defender’s supposed to do.
Christian Ibeagha (D) – 4
Ibeagha had a difficult time in the back line the entire match. He continuously misjudged his spacing and timing which almost cost the Energy a couple of goals if not for Cochran’s heroics in goal.
These bad touches and misjudgments are mistakes that the Energy cannot afford that close to their goal.
Zach Ellis-Hayden (D) – 6
Ellis-Hayden went through the full range of highs and a few lows this match. He had a rocky beginning by receiving a yellow card just 13 minutes into the game.
Ellis-Hayden quickly made up for it by creating multiple chances in the attacking third. Unfortunately, no one could finish these opportunities.
After getting hit in the face right before halftime, he did not re-enter the game.
Jose Hernandez (M) – 7
Hernandez was a key piece in OKC’s attacking efforts tonight. Even though he did not score, he generated various chances for the energy.
Charlie Ward (M) – 6
A midfielder’s job is not always flashy, but is necessary. Ward was great winning 50-50 balls, distributing the ball, and tracking back when necessary.
Ward did not stand out, but definitely played a significant role in the energy’s success.
Rafa Garcia (M) – 6
Since Garcia kept tracking back to aid the defensive line, he could not always lead the offensive charge. That being said, when he made his way forward he was very effective.
Jon Brown (M) – 7
Brown faced a different situation as he had to switch wings to help give cover for Ellis-Hayden. It was not his fault he was pinned a bit further back and could not be more effective offensively.
But when given the opportunity to attack Brown gave a solid performance.
Jaime Chavez (F) – 6
Chavez was focused and driven but was unable to finish any shots. He struggled a little to get on the end of balls and recapture his goal scoring form from the beginning of the restart. Yet Chavez displayed glimpses of prowess and stunning footwork.
Arun Basuljevic (F) – 5
Basuljevic struggled to receive service on the offensive end. When he finally acquired the chance he was hoping for, Basuljevic failed to deliver.
Kyle Hyland (D) – 7 in for Zach at half
Hyland replaced Ellis-Hayden at the half. He continued to be precise in his passes and thoughtful in his decision making.
Atiba Harris (D) – 6
Harris was a steadying force for the back line. The Oklahoma City captain guided his team off their losing streak and to their first clean sheet of the season.
Not Rated: Omar Gordon, Tucker Stephenson