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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Acquire Five Players On Loan From Colorado Rapids

By Cody Costra, 03/29/21, 3:00PM MDT


Colorado Springs, CO (March 24, 2021) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced today the club has signed Philip Mayaka, Sebastian Anderson, Abraham Rodriguez, Matt Hundley, and Michael Edwards on loan from the Colorado Rapids, pending USL Championship, MLS, and USSF approval.

Per the Right of Recall incorporated in the loan agreement, the Rapids retain the right to recall the players at any point during the MLS regular season, subject to MLS roster compliance guidelines.

"We are delighted to be adding so much quality to our team all at once with this announcement," said Switchbacks Head Coach, Brendan Burke. "We are in a good place with our pre season preparations so far and these five players will certainly help to improve the training environment. Our staff is really looking forward to working with Sebastian, Michael, Matt, Philip, and Abe."

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Philip Mayaka was selected third overall in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft out of Clemson University. In 2019, he was named the ACC Freshman of the Year and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the top men's and women's college soccer players. The Nairobi, Kenya native was a key part of Clemson's 2020 ACC Tournament championship squad.

Name: Philip Mayaka
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Date of Birth: 11/30/00
Age: 20
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Sebastian Anderson came up through the Rapids Academy and signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Rapids in April 2019 to become the youngest signing in Colorado Rapids history. At 16 years old, Anderson was the youngest player to debut for the club and also became the youngest player ever to score a goal in MLS for Colorado. The Colorado native has appeared in six MLS matches and four USL Championship matches already in his young career.

Name: Sebastian Anderson
Position: Defender
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Date of Birth: 8/8/02
Age: 18
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Abraham Rodriguez joins the Switchbacks after appearing in 21 USL Championship games over the past two years. The Colorado Rapids Homegrown made his Switchbacks' debut on March 30, 2019 against Phoenix Rising. In that match, Rodriguez made 11 saves, including a penalty, in route to being named the USL Championship Player of the Week and becoming the second-youngest player to ever earn the award. The 18-year-old from Thornton, Colorado also earned recognition as one of the USL Championship's 20 Under 20 in 2019.

Name: Abraham Rodriguez
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Date of Birth: 7/19/02
Age: 18
Hometown: Thornton, Colorado

Matt Hundley is back for his second stint with the Switchbacks after joining the club on loan in 2019 to make 29 appearances and score one goal. The Littleton, Colorado native spent the 2020 season on loan to Memphis 901 FC in the USL Championship, scoring two goals in 10 appearances. Hundley was the 10th Rapids Academy product to sign a Homegrown contract with the Colorado Rapids in January 2019.

Name: Matt Hundley
Position: Forward
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Date of Birth: 5/11/00
Age: 20
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

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Michael Edwards joined the Rapids earlier this month from German side VfL Wolfsburg after Colorado acquired his Homegrown Priority from D.C. United. The 20-year-old center-back made 14 appearances for Wolfsburg’s U-19s before being promoted to Wolfsburg II in the Regionalliga Nord, the German fourth tier, in July 2019. Edwards made 17 appearances for the reserve side, all of them starts, and also trained with Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga squad during his time with the club.

Name: Michael Edwards
Position: Defender
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 176 lbs
Date of Birth: 11/27/00
Age: 20
Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia