Colorado Springs, CO (March 12, 2019) – The USL Championship officially announced today that Shane Malcolm has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 1 of the 2019 season. Jordan Burt was also named to the bench of the Team of the Week for his performance against the LA Galaxy II.
The Switchbacks defeated the LA Galaxy II 4-1 because of Malcolm recording the first hat trick of the new season as well as the first hat trick in Switchbacks history. The Guam international received 43 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL Championship market.
Burt also played a crucial role in the Switchbacks' opening day win by scoring a goal and putting in a defensive performance in the midfield with 2 tackles, 2 clearances, and 1 interception on Saturday night.
USL Championship Team of the Week - Week 1
GK - Brendan Moore, ATL UTD 2
D - Phanuel Kavita, Saint Louis FC
D - Papé Diakité, Tampa Bay Rowdies
D - Alex Cooper, Fresno FC
M - Zach Zandi, Bethlehem Steel FC
M - Tommy McCabe, North Carolina FC
M - Shane Malcolm, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
M - Billy Forbes, San Antonio FC
F - Tom Barlow, New York Red Bulls II
F - Deshorn Brown, OKC Energy FC
F - Devon Sandoval, New Mexico United
Bench: David Ochoa (SLC), Jordan Burt (COS), Matt LaGrassa (NSH), Marcus Epps (NY), Shandon Hopeau (TAC), Marios Lomis (NC), Junior Flemmings (PHX)
The home opener is on March 16th as the Switchbacks host the Sacramento Republic FC at 6:00 PM at Weidner Field for a St. Paddy's Day celebration with fireworks and 16oz $1 beer for the first 30 minutes after gates open at 5:00 PM. Tickets start at just $12 and are available HERE. For the price of a Switchbacks ticket and 2-5 beers, it is cheaper than buying 2-5 beers at a bar or restaurant.