If I were to tell you that one of the soccer leagues in the United States was going to expand with the new club being backed by a La Liga team, what would your reaction be? Would you be thrilled that Real Madrid or Barcelona were bringing their "knowledge" to the USA?
Sporting Kansas City announced today that homegrown goalkeeper, Jon Kempin is headed out on loan, and it's not to the place that most people expected him to go though. Most people expected Kempin to be headed to Oklahoma City to continue to play under Jimmy Nielsen with affiliate club, the Oklahoma City Energy.
Some four months after being awarded a USL Pro franchise, Oklahoma City's owners, Prodigal LLC, announced theclub's name, colors, and venue for the 2014 season at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. The teamwill be known as "OKC Energy FC" with ties to Oklahoma City's connections with industry.
Just as Major League Soccer has caught the expansion bug in recent seasons, the North American Soccer League has confirmed that they'll grow from seven teams at the start of the 2013 season to 13 teams by the 2015 season.
On Thursday at the NASL Board of Governors meeting in Dallas, Texas, the NASL announced that they approved for new teams in Oklahoma City and Jacksonville to join the league in the spring of 2015.
As it turns out, NASL is not the only league eyeing Oklahoma City for expansion.
USL PRO, the third division in the United States, is expected to announce an expansion team in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, sources close to the situation told SBI. The announcement will be made at a formal press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Things haven't exactly been looking up for Adnan Gabeljic since KC made him their first pick in the 2014 MLS Superdraft in the second round. He spent preseason with Sporting KC, but was eventually, quietly released by the team. Eventually he popped up in Oklahoma City, joining the growing number of Sporting OKC players there.
The Richmond Kickers take on the Oklahoma City Energy for the first time ever.
Tonight is the Richmond Kickers' middle game of their three games in five days stretch, taking on the Sporting Kansas City-affiliated Oklahoma City Energy. The Energy are coached by former Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, have two wins and five losses so far on the season.
Sporting Kansas City's USL-Pro affiliate, Oklahoma City kicked off their season this past weekend in Los Angeles against Orange County and the LA Galaxy II. The team which features two loaned KC players, also features three former Sporting players and one former academy player. Of those six players with ties to Kansas City, another former Sporting player, Jimmy Nielsen, named one his captain.
Sporting KC today announced the third player going on loan to their USL affiliates this year. The team had already announced that Christian Duke and Jon Kempin were heading to Oklahoma City to join the Energy. Today the team announced that Generation Adidas midfielder, Mikey Lopez is headed to Orlando City to join the Lions for their 2014 USL-Pro season.
On Tuesday, new USL-Pro expansion side Oklahoma City announced the design team that would be heading up their stadium plans.ADG, Inc., a local company has been asked to design and build a soccer-specific stadium for the new team.
Once again, I love clubs that see the future and aren't afraid to tackle it.
After the 2007-2008 season, the Seattle Supersonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. At the time, the move ended 40 years of Seattle basketball. In 2009 the Seattle Sounders took the field for the first time as a Major League Soccer franchise. The City embraced the soccer team and crowds in excess of 35k soon crowded Qwest Field to cheer on their franchise.
Dancers from the famous Rick's Cabaret gentlemen's club in midtown Manhattan formed their own
basketball squad several months ago and the team watched last night's NBA Miami Heat vs Oklahoma
City Thunder contest with rapt attention.
The basketball game was shown on the club's numerous TVs and screens, and there was a private
VIP viewing party on the Rick's Roof Deck Cigar Lounge which was attended by several top Wall
Street bankers, celebrities, and other notables.
It's about damn time. That's what LeBron James said after winning the 2012 NBA Championship as
the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. For LeBron, who has taken a lot of
criticism over the years for not being able to carry his team to the top, the wait must have felt
like an eternity.
LeBron James is halfway to his first championship ring. In a game that featured a ton of missed
perimeter shots, the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 91-85.
LeBron led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who now lead the series 2-1.
After Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the
2012 Western Conference Finals, Parker's next order of business is traveling to France to play for
his national team. However, on his way there, Parker suffered one of the most fluke injuries you'll
ever hear about.
The Los Angeles Lakers walked off their home floor with another loss on Saturday night, leaving
the team down 3-1 in the series and on the verge of playoff elimination. And though Kobe Bryant
missed eight of 10 shots in the fourth quarter, he insists the 103-100 loss to the Oklahoma City
Thunder wasn't his fault.
The Oklahoma City Thunder versus the Los Angeles Lakers is the series everyone has been waiting
for in the Western Conference. However, despite the hype, Game 1 turned out to be a laugher. The
Thunder got up early and then destroyed the Lakers by a final score of 119-90.
Russell Westbrook was the player of the game, scoring 27 points, dishing out nine assists and
puling down seven rebounds in only 27 minutes of play.
The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks were able to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last
year in the playoffs. It looked like the Mavs were going to beat the Thunder in Game 1 on Saturday
night. However, that was until Kevin Durant hit a shot to once again prove he's one of the best
players in the NBA.
This is a fascinating matchup between the defending champion Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma
City Thunder, a team many believe will end up winning this year's championship. What will win out?
Will it be veteran experience or that youthful talent?
While I think the Mavs will play better in the postseason than they did in the regular season,
the Thunder just have too much talent.
With ten days remaining before the end of the 2012 NBA season, it's time to take another look at
the NBA power rankings. Who are the best basketball teams on the planet? That's the question we
will be answering below.
Here is the April Edition of our NBA power rankings:
1. Chicago Bulls
With or without Derrick Rose, the Bulls are beastly.
The young guns in Oklahoma City continue to show they are the team to beat in the Western
Conference. On Thursday, the Thunder traveled to Los Angeles for another test against the Lakers.
The result? A 102-93 victory to move eight games ahead of the third place Lakers.
The Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook's 36 points.
With March drawing to a close, let's take a look at the best teams in the NBA. While this
condensed lockout season has lowered the quality of basketball, there are still some great teams in
the NBA. Here are our power rankings of the best of the best.
1. Miami Heat
The Heat remain the team to beat due to their talent.
The 2012 NBA All-Star Game is a thing of the past. That means we are now officially in the
second half of the season. There are definitely some teams that have separated themselves from
everybody else. Here's our look at the best teams in the league in this version of our NBA power
Kevin Love is normally known for his ferocious rebounding. On Saturday night during the 2012 NBA
Three-Point Shootout, Kevin Love showed off another one of his skills: his outside shot. The
forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves took on some of the best shooters in the game and walked
away as the 2012 Three-Point Shootout champion.
The events during All-Star Saturday weren't very exciting. Surprisingly, the most exciting event
might have been the Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge had a ton of talent and there was good
effort by each participate.
The players in the Skills Challenge were Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rajon Rondo of
the Boston Celtics, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City
Thunder, Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are considered two of the best players in the NBA. On Sunday
night, they showed the world why. The pair of superstars for the Oklahoma City Thunder combined for
91 points as the Thunder toppled the Denver Nuggets by a final score of 124-118.
Durant had 51 points on 19-of-28 shooting from the floor.
Blake Griffin had a night to remember on Monday. While it ended with a 112-100 victory over the
Oklahoma City Thunder, everyone was talking about something else: Blake Griffin's dunk over
Kendrick Perkins. If you haven't seen it, you must click the link and watch the video.
Including those amazing two points, Griffin poured in 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists,
two steals and two blocks.
Buckle up. This is one of the best dunks you will ever see. Watch below to see the Blake Griffin
video in which he dunks over the top of Kendrick Perkins. Hide all women and children before you
watch the video. I'm warning you now.
In the Blake Griffin video, he runs a pick-and-roll with Chris Paul.
If your fantasy basketball team is struggling to find a center, consider looking at a sleeper
such as Byron Mullens of the Charlotte Bobcats. While the 7-footer out of Ohio State is barely
owned in fantasy leagues, his potential is relatively high.
The 22-year-old spent the last two years at the end of the bench for the Oklahoma City
After the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated last year in the playoffs, the talk surrounding
the team was concerning how well Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could coexist. While Westbrook
is a talented point guard, he's also a player who looks to score first and that doesn't mesh well
with Durant, who is arguably the NBA's best scorer.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were on the verge of tying the 2011 Western Conference Finals.
However, with about five minutes to go in regulation, the Thunder's youth showed ... as did the
Dallas Mavericks' veteran mettle. After the game went to overtime, the Mavs continued to dominate
on their way to a 112-105 victory.
I've always thought Russell Westbrook was overrated. In the 2011 Western Conference Finals, the
All-Star point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder is being outed as a fraud. Yeah, he's a good
player but he's far from the up-and-coming superstar he's made out to be. In fact, Russell
Westbrook isn't even really a point guard.
The Dallas Mavericks could do no wrong early on. Leading by as many as 23 points in Game 3 of
the 2011 Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it appeared as if the Mavs
would coast to a victory. However, the Thunder rallied late making it a four-point game in the
final period before the Mavs were able to hang on for a 93-87 win.
After Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals, everyone was talking about Dirk Nowitzki.
Quietly, what nobody cared to admit was that the Dallas Mavericks needed a career night out of Dirk
simply to edge the Oklahoma City Thunder. In Game 2, the Thunder held Dirk in check and took home a
106-100 victory to tie the series, 1-1.
Dirk Nowitzki is one of the best shooting bigmen of all-time. On Tuesday night, Nowitzki might
have cemented himself as the absolute best. In Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals, the German superstar
poured in 48 points on only 15 field goal attempts as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma
City Thunder by a final score of 121-112.
The news of Rayo OKC was not met with excitement in Spain.
The New York Cosmos may have won the 2015 Soccer Bowl, but in the world of the North American Soccer League, the recent expansion announcement into Oklahoma City is still the leading discussion topic for the second division. While a lot of the response stateside was laughter, the response in Spain was pure anger.
For the second time this season, the San Antonio Spurs had an 11-game winning streak. And for
the second time, the streak ends with the team's three best players sitting on the sideline. This
time, it was the Utah Jazz who ended the streak. Playing in front of their home fans, the Jazz won
by a final score of 91-84.
With the NBA schedule in fult tilt since Christmas, the season has never seemed this action-packed.
The reason is because the games are coming closer together and delivered faster to consumers.
There is more back-to-back scheduling for teams than other years, meaning they play two nights in a
row and some back-to-back-to-back, meaning they play three nights in a row at times throughout the
season, as well.