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Game Preview - Colorado Rapids vs OKC Energy FC

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The Rapids take on a new opponent in the 4th round of the US Open Cup.

OKC Energy - Photo courtesy of Steven Christy
Steven Christy

The game will be live-streamed here.

On Tuesday, June 13th, the Colorado Rapids will play host to OKC Energy FC of the United Soccer League in the 4th Round of the 2017 US Open Cup tournament. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm and the match will be held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

The Rapids will take the field for the first time in 10 days after defeating the Columbus Crew at home back on June 3rd. This past weekend was the international break, so Major League Soccer had minimal fixtures scheduled. However, the Rapids will continue a streak of home games which will see Portland visit Colorado on Saturday, followed by a midweek match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 21st.

OKC Energy FC are based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and play their home games at Taft Stadium, a venue primarily used for various high school football teams from the surrounding area. OKC Energy most recently played host to San Antonio FC in USL league play on Saturday, which finished with a score of 0-0. The Oklahoma side boasts Anthony Wallace, a member of the Colorado Rapids during their MLS Cup championship season in 2010.

The US Open Cup is one of the oldest sporting tournaments in the United States and is a traditional “knock-out” cup competition soccer tournament. The US Open Cup allows not only professional sides to compete, but also amateur clubs around the nation to play as well. Since there is not currently a promotion/relegation system in the United States, the US Open Cup is the main way for lower league teams to play sides from Major League Soccer in a competitive match.

The Rapids will be missing several players including Tim Howard and Mekeil Williams to international duty. Nana Boateng, Axel Sjoberg, and Shkelzen Gashi are not likely to play due to injury concerns. In the past couple of years, Colorado has failed to progress past the 5th round of the tournament.

You can get tickets here ($15). The ticket also includes entry to the Rapids U23 match with FC Boulder, in the stadium, at 3:30 pm.