Colorado Springs, CO (May 15, 2019) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defeated FC Denver 1-0 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night.
Coming off of the loss in Las Vegas, the Switchbacks were looking to jump-start their 2019 season in the Open Cup on Wednesday night. Matt Hundley created multiple chances in the first half but he couldn't beat FC Denver keeper, Jacob Peterson, in the first half. Just before halftime, Kwasi Donsu turned and fired a shot from 30 yards into the bottom left corner to give the Switchbacks the lead. The Switchbacks controlled the tempo of the game in the second half to see out the 1-0 result and move on to the next round.
"First of all, I want to thank God and our supporters. They always support us," said Switchbacks midfielder, Kwasi Donsu. "It was a good game for me because it was my first goal for the Switchbacks. I'm very happy I scored a goal and we won."
The Switchbacks will either travel to Phoenix Rising FC or host New Mexico United in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on May 29th, depending on who wins their matchup later Wednesday night.
The Switchbacks next league game is on Saturday, May 18th when New Mexico United comes to town on vuvuzela giveaway night to the first 500 fans in attendance, courtesy of General Dynamics. Full 16oz beers will be available for $1 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.
Steve Trittschuh - On how tonight's win will affect future games in the USL Championship: "Let's hope we can carry that confidence into this weekend. These games aren't easy. You look at the scores of the teams that played a lower division team, it's hard. It's hard to play teams like that. They were very direct and so we had to battle tonight. A win's a win, so hopefully we take that into this next weekend.
On playing a tough team in New Mexico United in just three days: "They're a good team. They're resting all of their starters [tonight], so we'll have to be ready. We're a little bit lean right now and the guys have to get their legs under them for Saturday."
Kwasi Donsu - On scoring his first Switchbacks goal: "First of all, I want to thank God and our supporters. They always support us. It was a good game for me because it was my first goal for the Switchbacks. I'm very happy I scored a goal and we won."
Abraham Rodriguez - On his overall thoughts on the match: "First things first, all the honor and all the glory to God. We got a shutout and we scored, so we have to keep this up for this weekend's game against New Mexico. It's going to be a tough one. With this game, it'll give us the confidence to go out there this weekend."
On what was going through his mind on his save in the 25th minute: "I was just doing my job. I was trying to keep the team in the game and saves like that help give us the win."