A journey to Texas’ capitol city is on-deck for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC as they make their way to Bold Stadium to face the Austin Bold FC on Saturday evening for a USL Championship clash.
Brazilian André Lima took sole possession of the top of the Bold’s scoring charts after his winner against the RGV FC Toros last Saturday. Fellow Brazilian Kléber Giacomazzi and Austin, Texas local Kris Tyrpak have each scored four times for the Bold in 2019 USL Championship action. Rio de Janeiro native André Lima is with his sixteenth club since 2004, having played professionally in Brazil, Belgium, Germany, and China. Kléber spent his formative footballing years in the São Paulo FC system before logging half a decade with Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine’s capitol. Former Switchbacks defender Sean McFarlane has made 15 starts for the Bold in 2019.
“Kléber and Lima up top are really good players and Tyrpak is always a dangerous player in this league,” said Switchbacks Head Coach Steve Trittschuh on Tuesday afternoon in Colorado Springs. “We have to be aware of all of them. Sean McFarlane at right back gets forward a lot for them. We have got to be quick in transition and on counter attacks and make sure we’re not getting caught out. We’ve got to deal with the heat too, but we know that. It’s just one of the things this time of year. When teams come here they have to deal with the altitude, and it’s been good that it’s gotten warmer here before we leave for Austin because that’s helped us prepare. We dealt with it fine in RGV and it should be a little cooler in Austin.”
Jamaican defender Jermaine Taylor was named to the bench of the USL Championship Team of the Week after his performance against the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros in a narrow 1-0 defeat last weekend at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. Meanwhile, Russian midfielder Valeriy Saramoutin will be suspended for the match on Saturday against the Switchbacks as the midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the 2019 USL Championship season last weekend.
“Austin are an experienced team,” added Trittschuh. “They have former MLS players and guys with a lot of international experience. They know how to play together and control the tempo of the game. They attack a lot – especially at home – so we need to make sure we’re in good spots in transition and that we’re playing quickly.”
“I expect a good, professional performance from Austin because they have a lot of mature players and they’ve done well this season,” said winger Saeed Robinson. “I’m always excited to play in Texas because I went to junior college in west Texas and I’ll have some people coming to watch the game, but the focus is about getting a win and getting last weekend out of our minds.”
“Austin can be hot and cold, but they’re good at home,” said Shane Malcolm. “I know Sean McFarlane and it will be good to see him – he’s a staple in that back line in Austin and he’s a good, strong defender.”
Former Air Force Academy Falcon Austin Dewing appeared in his first game for the Switchbacks at Weidner Field last Saturday as a second half substitute against the Real Monarchs SLC. “It felt great – it’s what I’ve been working towards,” said Austin Dewing about his debut at Weidner Field. “Austin [Bold FC] will come out firing – they’ve seen that we’ve lost the last two games – and they’ll try to get on us early, so we have to be ready for that.” Fellow new Switchbacks signing and Air Force Academy graduate Tucker Bone will be available for Saturday’s match in Texas.
Saturday’s forecast for Bold Stadium in Austin – which is part of the sweeping Circuit of the Americas complex – will be in the mid 90’s. “We need to focus on us and on our game,” said center back Kris Reaves. “This week we need to train hard and get better. Luckily for us, we just came back from McAllen so the heat shouldn’t affect us or be a factor in the game.”
“We were just down in Texas so the heat won’t be as much of a shock,” said Sam Raben, referring to the Switchbacks’ contest in Edinburg, Texas on June 15th at H-E-B Park. “We’re not as worried about the heat as we are playing our game on Saturday and getting back to winning.”
The Switchbacks will return to Weidner Field in Colorado Springs for a 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular against Orange County SC that includes a pre-game blanket giveaway, courtesy of Oakwood Homes, with tickets available HERE.
On July 5th, Jon Eddy Productions will present Billy Ray Cyrus and Johnny McGuire at Weidner Field, with a post-concert fireworks show. Kimberly Dunn and The Tyler Walker Band will open the show in Colorado Springs, with tickets still available HERE.