“Turns out your friend here is only mostly dead. See, mostly dead is still slightly alive.” Mad Max was able to resurrect the Man in Black because true love was worth fighting for.
Love, belief, and a team pushed the Man in Black towards finishing his goals, just as the power in the stands on Wednesday night pushed the Men in Black to the rousing win. However, that was just one contest of many needed to reach Tacoma Defiance’s lofty goals.
There is little time for rest on this season-long journey. Tacoma Defiance host OKC Energy FC on Saturday night (7:00 p.m. / ESPN+ / party deck and general admission tickets available). They are driven to ride the boost from victory.
Midfielder Jesse Daley thinks the schedule is set up for a bit of a run.
“Now that we’re back at home with three of the next four at home it’s up to us to get on a roll and pick up points. I’m confident we can do it.”
OKC are 2-4-4, -3 away from home and have never beaten Defiance in Washington state. After the win Tacoma are now 3-4-2, -3 at Cheney Stadium.
With the love and belief of the fans around them, Tacoma Coach Chris Little knows his squad are more energetic.
“We haven’t been at home for a long time, fifty something days. It’s difficult. When we play here we a get a spring in our step. We can approach the game a little differently. The players feed off the crowd, being at home with the atmosphere.”
That spring in their step can help. Energy FC are one of the older teams in the USL Championship, averaging 27 years old. Only a single player is under the age of 21.
Defiance are younger, full of youthful vigor and ready to build off the midweek match.
The team wants to feed off the energy of Cheney? They want the crowd an active and involved crowd.
As you wish.
OKC Energy FC notes
- Former Sounder Cordell Cato has 3 goals and 4 assists with Energy FC in 2019.
- OKC’s attacking four have a combined 21 goals.
- Energy’s eleven most used players come from eight different nations.
- Their preview.
Tacoma Defiance notes
- Denso Ulysse was called into Haiti’s U-23 Olympic Qualifying squad.
- Antonee Burke-Gilroy started in his place in Wednesday night’s 4-1 win. Burke-Gilroy had to defend one of the USL’s best left wingers and did well, holding Irvin Parra scoreless.
- Ethan Dobbelaere made his Tacoma Defiance debut in the win. Dobbelaere, Sounders Homegrown players Danny Leyva and Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez were called into US U-17 camp.
MultiCare Pre-Match Health Report
Tacoma – Azriel Gonzalez is out (left foot fracture).
Energy – No injuries reported.
How to Watch
Stadium: Cheney Stadium, Tacoma
Kickoff Time: Wednesday, July 24 (7:00 p.m.)
Home: Tacoma Defiance (3-12-5, -32)
Away: OKC Energy FC (6-7-8, -4)
Next home match is on Saturday July 27 versus OKC Energy FC (7:00 p.m. / tickets available)