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Funk and McLaughlin combine their Energy


OKC’s soccer league partners with local Fields & Futures program.

Devon Green April 2nd, 2014

Oklahoma City’s soccer team, the Energy FC, recently welcomed local business leader Tim McLaughlin as an equal partner in its management team.

McLaughlin is a supporter of local schools and founded the Fields & Futures Program in 2012.

McLaughlin’s passion for OKC dovetailed this week with Prodigal owner Bob Funk Jr.’s own vision of good Oklahoma sportsmanship. McLaughlin was the primary backer for a plan to bring a North American Soccer League (NASL) league, which would have been an Energy FC competitor, to OKC.

“It brings us one step closer to our shared vision of bringing a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Oklahoma City in the future,” Funk said in a press release.

Fields & Futures is a program founded by McLaughlin and his wife, Liz, to provide funds and resources to build and maintain sports fields throughout the OKC Public Schools district. The program’s long-term goal is the overhaul of more than 40 fields within the city.

The Energy will play its first game April 5 in California versus the Orange County Blues FC. Its first home game will be April 26 at Clement E. Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness High School.

According to a press release, Energy FC will then play its spring 2015 season at Taft Stadium, which is undergoing a complete renovation.

A portion of ticket sales for the spring 2015 season will be donated to Fields & Futures.

For more information about the team or to purchase tickets, contact EnergyFC.com or call 235-5425.

 
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