Colorado Springs, CO (December 25, 2020) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced today that the club has signed Michee Ngalina (pronounced: MEE-she Guh-LEEN-uh), pending league and federation approval.
"I am excited to join the Colorado Springs Switchbacks organization and also reunite with Head Coach Brendan Burke, who I worked with at the beginning of my career," said Ngalina. "I believe in the vision of the club and look forward to helping the team compete for a championship."
Ngalina joins the Switchbacks after a promising start to his young career. The 20-year-old forward already has 46 appearances, 13 goals, and 4 assists in the USL Championship with Bethlehem Steel FC.
Ngalina scored Bethlehem’s first-ever postseason goal, equalizing against Pittsburgh (October 20, 2018) which Bethlehem eventually won on penalties.
Known for his rapid pace, Ngalina also set Bethlehem’s all-time record for the quickest brace, scoring twice in two minutes at Loudoun United FC (May 3, 2019).
In just two seasons in the USL Championship, Ngalina has earned a spot on the 2018 (#17) and 2019 (#13) iterations of the USL Championship's 20 under 20, recognizing the top young players in the league.
"Michee is an important signing for this club, he is a fantastic person first and foremost and a gifted athlete as well," said Switchbacks Head Coach, Brendan Burke. "We have worked together in the past and I know he can bring a unique skill set to the team. I am so happy to welcome Michee and his entire family into the Switchbacks community."
Internationally, Ngalina has earned a call up from the Democratic Republic of Congo youth national teams, competing in the 2016 Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFAC) where he was the leading scorer for the Leopards’ U17 squad.
Name: Michee Ngalina
Pronunciation: MEE-she Guh-LEEN-uh
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Date of Birth: April 6, 2000
Hometown: Kinshasa, DR Congo