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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Sign U.S. U-17 Forward Yaya Toure on Loan from Rapids

By Cody Costra, 05/13/21, 11:00AM MDT

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Colorado Springs, CO (May 13, 2021) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced today the club has signed Dantouma "Yaya" Toure 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 Toure at any point during the MLS regular season, subject to MLS roster compliance guidelines.

"Yaya is an exciting young talent with a bright future in MLS, and we're excited to help him connect some of the pieces of his game to realize his potential," said Switchbacks Head Coach, Brendan Burke.

Toure signed with the Colorado Rapids in March after the Rapids traded for his Homegrown Priority from the New York Red Bulls. The young forward spent the 2020 season with the New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship, where he scored three goals and added three assists in 13 appearances. Toure previously played for the New York Red Bulls Academy, scoring six goals in 14 appearances with the RBNY U-18/19s.

Internationally, Toure has represented the U.S. at the U-16 and U-17 youth national team levels. In February 2020, he was part of the U.S. U-17 squad for the UEFA Development Tournament in England. 

The Switchbacks are back on the road to face Sporting Kansas City II on May 14 before returning home for the Grand Home Opener at Weidner Field on May 21 vs New Mexico United. Click here to view the full Switchbacks schedule.

This will be the Switchbacks' first season in the new 8,000-seat state of the art stadium in Downtown Colorado Springs. Weidner Field is set to be the highest elevated professional stadium in the USL Championship and the United States at 6,035 ft.

Season tickets are the only way to confirm your tickets today and they can be purchased HERE or call 719-368-8480 to ensure your spot as a new era begins in Colorado Springs history.


Name: Dantouma "Yaya" Toure
Pronunciation: DAN-too-mah TOOR-ay
Position: Forward
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Date of Birth: June 12, 2004
Age: 16
Hometown: Conakry, Guinea