• Garrett Johnson

Match Ratings from OKC’s 2-2 draw with Atlanta United 2

In a rematch of the 1-0 defeat suffered on May 1st, the OKC Energy were able to grab a point in the 2-2 draw against Atlanta United 2 tonight.

A strong showing for the Energy, who were on course for their first win of the season, was thwarted late in the second half. OKC is still waiting to have a full and healthy roster for the first time in 2021.

Leading 2-1 coming into the 89th minute, the OKC defense conceded a volley to Atlanta midfielder Tyler Wolff, which sealed the result as a draw.

Here are the ratings for tonight’s match.

C.J. Cochran: 5

Cochran was untested for a majority of the first half, but did see a few cleared balls result in corner kicks and throws for Atlanta, rather than directing them to the backline or midfield.

Initially stopping an Atlanta penalty kick that was then knocked in off the rebound hurt his overall performance, although the final equalizer wasn’t his wrongdoing, not falling on the penalty kick resulted in a possibility for a late equalizer that ATL was able to convert.

Robert Coronado: 6

Running into winger Kodai Iida inside the Atlanta United 2 box prompted head coach John Pascarella to switch Iida to the left wing. The defender was able to find more running room and create some chances for the Energy in the first half following the switch.

He was not able to impact the second half much at all, somewhat uninvolved in the offensive attack and not able to make any unusually strong tackles, interceptions, or passes up the pitch.

Mitch Osmond: 7

Spending a majority of the first half in the defensive half, Osmond thwarted a handful of ATL attacks and found upfield passing lanes regularly, supplying the offense with ample opportunity to prolong their possessions.


His real impact came in the second half following Atlanta’s equalizer when he volleyed home a deflected corner kick to regain the lead 2-1. The 65th minute goal was his first of the season.


Conor Donovan: 5

The OKC captain held down his usual spot in the middle of the Energy Defense, although an errant tackle in front of CJ Cochran early in the second half resulted in a penalty kick for Atlanta forward Matias Benitzez, making the score 1-1.

The late Atlanta equalizer brought his rating down, as well as a 91st minute yellow card once he was beaten off the dribble.

Sam Rogers: 5

OKC’s right back flashed his talent throughout the match, showing his defensive prowess as well as his offensive touch. The 6’3 defender displayed his passing ability on what seemed like every opportunity, regularly switching the play from right to left and finding midfielders Kurimoto and Basuljevic.


Conceding the 89th minute equalizer from his side of the pitch brought him down, but there is reason to believe in the development of his game.

Hiroki Kurimoto: 6

The defensive midfielder provided the Energy with a strong central presence, holding strong against the various Atlanta attacks in the first half. His clearances were sound and he was able to effectively advance the ball upfield for the Greens.

The second half saw much of the same from Kurimoto, although he was not able to keep Atlanta out of the box as effectively as was seen in the first half.

Aidan Daniels: 5

The midfielder displayed great touch and footwork amidst traffic in the Atlanta half, and fired off a shot late in the second half that almost threatened the goalkeeper.


He was quiet throughout the first 45 minutes but his second half showed great promise in regards to his offensive skill set in the final third of the pitch, although it was not felt on the scoresheet.

Villyan Bijev: 7

Starting at forward for OKC, the natural midfielder was able to net his first goal of the season in the 36th minute although a late tackle following the strike resulted in his night coming to an abrupt end. He was able to leave the field under his own power following the apparent lower body injury.

Kodai Iida: 6

The Energy winger was switched from left to right early in the first half following some miscommunication with left-side defender Rob Coronado. Iida drew a multitude of fouls in the midfield and Atlanta half, providing his usual high level of activity.

The second half proved to be tougher for the Energy defense and Iida was subbed off in the 71st minute as he continues to find his endurance to play the full 90 minutes.

Arun Basuljevic: 5

Basuljevic had an uneventful first 45 minutes in his midfield role, not impacting the game in a major fashion positively or negatively. His final 45 minutes was similar to his first, making routine passes and making a few interceptions against an offensively aggressive Atlanta side.

The Energy could have used some more aggressive offensive output from the midfielder, although he was needing to defend his half as Atlanta pressed for a majority of the final 45 minutes.

Jonathan Brown: 6

Switching from right to left with fellow winger Kodai Iida early in the first half, the winger is getting a chance to settle into his natural position for the first time this season. He was able to fire one of the two OKC shots in the first half.


He won a few fouls throughout the game for his side, although he was never able to make a real stamp on the game besides gaining OKC a couple of free kicks.


He will find more opportunity to make his presence felt as he continues to start in his natural position.

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Tucker Stephenson: 6

Coming on for the injured Vilyan Bijev in the 36th minute, the midfielder helped stretch the top of OKC’s attack into the Atlanta defense, although he did not record a shot in his nearly hour of play.

This was his third appearance off the bench so far this season, and he will likely continue in that role moving forward as Frank Lopez and Jamie Chavez return to form.

Charlie Ward: N\A


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