Heading into Week 24 of the 2019 USL Championship season, T2 play host to OKC Energy FC at Providence Park on Friday, Aug. 16. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), Friday's match will feature a live stream on ESPN+.
2019 season at a glance
T2 (8-7-8, 32pts) sit in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, and rank tied for fourth in the league in goals scored (43). Portland is coming off a 3-2 home win against New Mexico United at Providence Park on Aug. 11, which snapped a seven-match winless streak. Foster Langsdorf, Todd Wharton and Ryan Sierakowski each scored in the win against New Mexico. Portland Timbers Academy defender Caleb Kiner made his first career start for T2, logging 90 minutes of play and adding his first assist as a professional. Kiner (16 years, 10 months, 22 days) is the youngest player ever to start in a match for T2 and record an assist. Notably, Langsdorf’s 20 goals in league play since the beginning of the 2018 campaign ranks tied for ninth among all players in the USL Championship.
Friday’s match marks the ninth meeting all-time between T2 and OKC Energy FC, as the series is currently tied 4-4-0 with a Portland 3-2 away at Taft Stadium on April 6, 2019. Zach Kobayashi and Brayan Hurtado each tallied a goal to even the game, while Ryan Sierakowski scored the game winning goal – his first as a professional – in stoppage time.
Goals from all over
Thirteen different players have scored for T2 in 23 matches thus far during the 2019 USL Championship campaign. Dairon Asprilla leads the team with seven goals in just seven appearances. Foster Langsdorf rank second with six goals in 18 starts, while Brayan Hurtado and Todd Wharton rank tied for third with five goals each. Ryan Sierakowski and Modou Jadama both rank tied for fourth on the club with four goals each, while Eryk Williamson ranks fifth on the club with three goals scored. Timbers Academy forward Gio Calixtro, Marvin Loría and Cristian Ojeda have each scored two goals, while Nathan Smith, Zach Kobayashi and Roy Miller have scored one goal during the 2019.
T2 2019 Team Leaders
Goals: Dairon Asprilla (7)
Assists: Eryk Williamson (7)
Chances Created: Todd Wharton (29)
Shutouts: Aljaz Ivacic, Jake Leeker (1)
Saves: Jake Leeker (39)
Scouting OKC Energy FC
OKC Energy FC (7-8-9, 30pts) enter Friday’s match following a 2-1 home loss against Fresno FC Aug. 10 at Taft Stadium, their third loss in five matches dating back to July 17. In 11 road matches this campaign, OKC Energy FC holds a 3-4-4 record. Jamaican forward Deshorn Brown leads the team with nine goals scored in 20 appearances in 2019. Omar Gordon leads OKC Energy in assists (6) in 24 appearances, while Alexy Bosetti leads the team in chances created (36). Goalkeeper Cody Laurendi ranks first in the league in saves (78), and has posted five shutouts in 23 appearances.
OKC Energy FC head coach: Steve Cooke
OKC Energy FC 2019 Team Leaders