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Vargish's View: Cowbells Ring As Colorado Springs Switchbacks Host Timbers 2

By Roland Vargish, 08/05/19, 3:00PM MDT


There’s a fever rising in Colorado Springs, and the only prescription…is more cowbell.  On Wednesday evening, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC host the Portland Timbers 2 at Weidner Field, with Centura Orthopedics and Centura Health sponsoring a cowbell giveaway.  Tickets for Wednesday’s match are available HERE

April 20th saw the Switchbacks and Timbers 2 play out a wild 2-2 draw at Merlo Field, with two goals inside the final six minutes settling the contest in the Rose City.  Foster Langsdorf scored twice for T2 after Switchbacks captain Jordan Burt had opened the scoring for the visitors. Jordan Schweitzer added the Switchbacks’ second goal in the 84th minute. 

Former Stanford Cardinal star Langsdorf is tied for third on T2’s goal-scoring charts with 4 goals in the 2019 USL Championship.  Venezuelan Brayan Hurtado has 5 goals this season, while Dairon Asprilla has scored 7 times in just seven appearances. Asprilla notched T2’s only goal in Portland’s most recent game in the USL Championship, a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy II on July 28th at Providence Park in downtown Portland.  T2’s match on Saturday evening at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas against the El Paso Locomotive FC was cancelled by the USL after the devastating mass shooting that occurred in The Sun City on Saturday morning. 

Last Friday the Switchbacks fell 1-0 to the Real Monarchs of Salt Lake City at Zion’s Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah behind an 86th minute winning goal by the Monarchs’ Damian German.  “I think the effort was good all around, especially playing against a good team,” said Switchbacks Interim Head Coach Wolde Harris early Monday morning at Weidner Field.  “We need to see out games like that. Coming home we’re looking forward to playing well in front of our crowd. Right now we don’t know who they’ll bring, but they’ve got a lot of players who can get in behind and hurt teams.  [Marvin] Loria and [Dairon] Asprilla are dangerous in front of goal – [Foster] Langsdorf too – so the most important thing for me is that we keep the ball and stay compact on defense. We need to make good decisions on the offensive side of the ball and that will lead us to good opportunities.”

Rony Argueta will again miss out for the Switchbacks on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs, as the all-action midfielder serves a three-game suspension.  “Obviously Rony is a top player and we’re missing his quality ball handling and his tenacity on defense,” said Harris. “We definitely miss Rony in that position, but Jordy [Burt] did a good job on Friday.  I think we put in a really good effort for 87 minutes in Utah but in order to get results on the road we need to go 90 minutes. I believe we deserved at least a point, but we didn’t see the game out well enough.  These next few days we have to manage what we do in practice. We’ll do a lot of finishing drills because we have to work at it in order to take the chances we’re creating.” 

“It’s always good to be home and we’re familiar with Weidner and happy to be back,” said Austin Dewing.  “A lot of what we have to do this week is about taking care of our bodies and seeing what we did well in the last couple games on the road.  We can’t dwell on those games, we just need to adjust accordingly and be ready to get three points on Wednesday.”

“The fans are going to give us the energy we need to get the results that we wish we could have in the away games,” said winger Saeed Robinson.  “In all fairness; we’ve been playing well, we just haven’t taken our chances. In the game against Reno we had a lot of chances and we created a lot.  We have to be together as a team and communicate well this week. When we play against T2 we don’t know who to expect because you never know who they’ll bring down, but we hope we can use these two games at home to get some wins and build momentum for the rest of the season.”

Following Wednesday evening’s contest, the Switchbacks will host Back to School Night at Weidner Field against the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros with GE Johnson sponsoring a backpack giveaway.  Tickets for the match against RGV can be purchased HERE.

“We’re glad to be back – especially after being on the road for the last two games,” said Jordan Schweitzer on Monday morning.  “It’s good to be back where we’re comfortable following the road trip and there are some positives for us to take into this stretch of games here.”