After a pair of defeats to S2, T2 went on the road got an impressive comeback road win in Tulsa last weekend. On Friday they travel 100 miles down Interstate 44 to the capital, Oklahoma City and take on OKC Energy FC. Will T2 get another win in the Sooner State?
T2 (4-4-2, 14 pts) lost at home to S2 and then were knocked out of the Open Cup by S2 a few days later. And coming off those two defeats they had to hit the road on a three game trip, the first two of which kept them in Oklahoma. And in their match Tulsa took the 1-0 lead in the first half and it wasn't looking too good for T2. But when the team came out in the second half they looked better and played better. The result was three unanswered goals for a 3-1 victory in Tulsa. Michael Nanchoff had a brace behind a stunner of a half volley and a successful penalty conversion. While Kharlton Belmar snagged his 6th goal of the season in stoppage time off a breakaway. Michael Nanchoff was named to the USL Team of the Week for his two goal effort.
Now T2 need to carry that momentum an hour and a half southwest to Oklahoma City. Another team they haven't faced yet this season, Oklahoma City Energy. And this team is currently on a four game consecutive win streak, so T2 will need to be prepared.
Oklahoma City Energy FC
Oklahoma City Energy FC (4-2-3, 15pts) will host T2 in the two team's first ever meeting. T2 is coming off a 3-1 victory against Tulsa while OKC Energy is coming off a 1-0 win against the Austin Aztex. And their goalkeeper, Evan Newton was also placed on the USL team of the week for his 3 save shutout performance in that match. But T2 faced the previous week's goalkeeper of the week in Tulsa and we know how that went. So T2 will be hoping for more of the same on Friday.
In addition to their most recent win against the Aztex, the Energy are on a 4 game win streak between USL play and the Open Cup. They won their 2nd and 3rd round matchups in the Open Cup and will play away in the 4th round to MLS hosts FC Dallas. In addition to their current run in the Open Cup they have won both of their previous two league matches which have been at home. A 2-1 win against Sacramento Republic was followed up by a 1-0 against the Austin Aztex. So Oklahoma City will be looking to keep their current streak alive and the momentum in their favor as they host T2.
And with Friday evening's match kicking off at 5:00pm, there is a possibility that due to traffic I might not be home and setup in time for kickoff. So just be aware that tweets might start a few minutes into the match depending on traffic I experience going home and when exactly the ball kicks off. After Friday night's match against Oklahoma City, T2 will travel to Colorado Springs for the third game in this road swing. They play the match that was delayed due to severe weather conditions. The match is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th, at 6pm Pacific.
Watch it: Streamed live on Timbers.com/T2 and embedded in our T2 match thread
Kickoff: Friday, June 5th, 5:00 pm pacific, at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland Timbers 2: 4-4-2, 14pts, 6th place in the USL Western Conference
Oklahoma City Energy FC: 4-2-3, 15pts, 5th place in the USL Western Conference