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USL MATCH PREVIEW | Portland Timbers 2 at OKC Energy FC | April 7, 2018 - 5 PM PT

Playing the final game of a three-match road swing, T2 travel to face OKC Energy FC on Saturday, April 7, at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (Pacific). The match on Saturday marks the first of two regular-season matches between the two clubs in 2018, as they’ll face each other again at Providence Park on Wednesday, June 13. To watch Saturday's match, click here

T2 wrap up road trip
T2 enter Saturday's match following a scoreless draw on the road at Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field on April 4. T2 saw their best scoring chance come just before halftime when defender Jimmy Mulligan, attacking down the right wing, picked out forward Jeremy Ebobisse, who forced Tulsa goalkeeper Fabian Cerda into a strong save at his near post to force a corner kick in the 44th minute.

In the 70th minute, Ebobisse’s shot from the edge of the box missed wide of the post. Following a set-piece play that ended up with a loose ball inside the penalty area, defender Modou Jadama’s left-footed shot skipped wide past the far post

Rising to meet midfielder Andre Lewis’ delivery from a set-piece play on the left wing, Ebobisse’s header flashed past the back post in the 86th minute. One minute later, McIntosh made a diving-fingertip save on Tulsa defender Claudio Muñoz’s flicked shot from inside the box to preserve the shutout.

Attacking down the right flank, forward Foster Langsdorf played Ebobisse in behind the Tulsa defense, but his shot from the right edge of the penalty area missed wide of the post in the 89th minute.

Timbers on loan
Multiple Portland Timbers made appearances for T2 in the scoreless draw against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on April 4. Ebobisse made his fourth straight start of the season, while midfielder Victor Arboleda appeared in his third match in 2018. Timbers goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh made his second straight appearance, making three saves and earning his first shutout of the season. Jadama earned his fourth straight start. Midfielder Eryk Williamson made his second start of the season, while Langsdorf played 25 minutes as a second-half substitute. Additionally, Williamson and Langsdorf finished the match tied with a game-high three chances created. 

Portland against OKC Energy FC
In five all-time matches against OKC Energy FC, T2 trail the series 2-3-0. In the last match against the two teams at Taft Stadium, T2 fell 2-1 on May 24, 2017. T2 is 1-1-0 in two matches at Taft Stadium. 

T2 Team Leaders
Goals: Augustine Williams (2)
Assists: Andre LewisJimmy Mulligan (1)
Chances Created: Andre Lewis (9)
Shutouts: Jeff Attinella (1)
Saves: Kendall McIntosh (9)

Scouting OKC Energy FC
OKC Energy FC (1-3-0, 3pts) enter Saturday's match following a 2-1 loss on the road to Fresno FC at Chukchansi Park on March 31, which extended a three-match losing streak. First-year head coach Steve Cooke joins the club after serving as the Colorado Rapids' interim manager to end the 2017 MLS season. Energy FC have scored three goals this season, while conceding the second-most goals in the USL (7). 

Head coach: Steve Cooke

OKC Energy FC Team Leaders
Goals: Francis Atuahene, Christian Ibeagha, Jaime Siaj (1)
Assists: Ema Twumasi (1)
Chances Created: Jonathan Brown (6)
Shutouts: Matt Van Oekel (1)
Saves: Matt Van Oekel (1)

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