In 2014 Oklahoma City businessmen Dustin Hooker and Mr. Mark Moore identified the need for semi-professional soccer in Oklahoma City. The pair had been approached on numerous occasions by college players who expressed that there was nothing around for local amateur players to aspire to.
During the summer of 2015 the overwhelming need for amateur adult soccer in OKC birthed the OKC Pulse. With Dustin Hooker directing soccer operations, the Pulse began training to compete against various teams throughout the region. The Pulse would go on to get matches verse the FC Dallas reserve team, and eventually participated in a series of games in Tulsa against the Rayados U20 side from Monterrey, Mexico. It was in those months the Pulse proved to have the quality in their side to compete at the next level.
With the prior success, Moore and Hooker had reached a decision to grow the club. The new model would require a full re-brand and a larger ownership group to help oversee operations. While future planning was underway, the team began play in a provisional summer schedule as the “Fighting Imps.”
By fall of 2017, a complete partnership group was in place. With the addition of local businessman Mike Nelson, and founder of FC Wichita, Blake Shumaker, the group immediately began to evolve the club vision.
First, they decided the “Fighting Imps” name would stay and be a team nickname, but the club itself would brand to represent Oklahoma City as “OKC 1889.” The identity would pay homage to Imps players and supporters, while also broadening the reach beyond soccer fans and into the hearts of Oklahoma City residents.
On February 21, 2017, a press conference was held announcing that the new brand and its original title sponsor, Audi Oklahoma City.