Funk and McLaughlin combine their Energy

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 or call 235-5425.

Devon Green

Devon Green is a life and food reporter for Oklahoma Gazette. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Kevin and their two slightly evil felines, Goodluck Jonathan and Charles Taylor. Devon has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma and once ran away with the circus to Macau, China. She is passionately local and lives to promote quality of life in OKC. She can most often be found eating, writing or writing about eating — while eating.

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