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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Bow Out Of Open Cup In Extra Time To New Mexico United

By Cody Costra, 05/29/19, 10:00PM MDT

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Colorado Springs, CO (May 29, 2019) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC were knocked out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to Western Conference leaders, New Mexico United, 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday night.

The Switchbacks last win came in the U.S. Open Cup on May 15th against FC Denver and they were looking to advance again to the next round. The Switchbacks took the lead in the 52nd minute when Jordan Burt found the bottom corner with a curling left-footed strike from outside the box. Just three minutes from full time, the visitors equalized when a low cross found the foot of Christopher Wehan who finished from close distance. 

In the first couple of minutes of extra time, controversy ensued as New Mexico was given a penalty kick from a challenge just inside the box and a straight red card was issued to Switchbacks midfielder, Rony Argueta after the foul was called in an off-the-ball incident. Kevaughn Frater calmly finished the penalty kick to give New Mexico their first lead of the game in the 95th minute. Playing down a man for the rest of extra time, the Switchbacks couldn't find an equalizer as they were knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup 2-1 in extra time to New Mexico United.
 

"It's frustrating. For 85 minutes, we had the game and then we weren't able to close it out, unfortunately. It's the game. There are chances, and obviously, they took theirs in the end," said Switchbacks midfielder, Jordan Schweitzer. "I think we did enough to win the game, but there are a lot of positives for us to take moving forward. We just keep marching forward, that's what we have to do this year."
 

The Switchbacks' next home league game is June 1st when Fresno FC comes to town on cap giveaway night to the first 1,000 fans in attendance, courtesy of Pikes Peak Brewing Company. 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.

Post Match Quotes

Steve Trittschuh - On his overall thoughts on the game: "For the most part, these guys worked their asses off tonight. The game was going well, and then we gave up a bad goal. Then we're playing catch up where everything is on top of each other, and we can't catch a break."

Jordan Schweitzer - On his overall thoughts on the game: "It's frustrating. For 85 minutes, we had the game and then we weren't able to close it out, unfortunately. It's the game. There are chances, and obviously, they took theirs in the end. I think we did enough to win the game, but there are a lot of positives for us to take moving forward. We just keep marching forward, that's what we have to do this year."

Match Statistics

  • Man of the Match// Jordan Burt
  • Scoring Summary// COS: Burt (52') | NM: Wehan (87'), Frater (95')
  • Saves// COS: Rodriguez (5) | NM: Mizell (1)
  • Discipline// COS: YC: Reaves (73'), Donsu (90+3') / RC: Argueta (93')  | NM: YC: Frater (68')