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Vargish's View: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Welcome SLC for Midweek Action

By Roland Vargish, 09/07/21, 1:45PM MDT

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It’s a midweek fiesta at Weidner Field as the Switchbacks welcome the Real Monarchs SLC to Colorado Springs for Margaritaville on Wednesday evening.  Gates open at 6pm with $3 margaritas available all evening.  Wednesday’s match will be the first of three games at Weidner Field in just eight days, with tickets for the homestand available HERE.

For those unable to attend on Wednesday, the match against the Real Monarchs will be broadcast live by the voice of the Switchbacks, Ryan Kaufman, on XTRA Sports 1300 AM and xtrasports1300.com, with coverage beginning at 6:30pm MT.

The Switchbacks will be without Michee Ngalina against the Real Monarchs, after the Congolese forward was sent off in stoppage time of the Switchbacks’ 3-2 loss to New Mexico United on Saturday night in Albuquerque.  As of Tuesday morning, Ngalina’s eight assists were tied for the most in the USL Championship, while his tally of eight goals is second on the Switchbacks behind the league’s leading scorer, Hadji Barry. 

In their only previous matchup this season, the Switchbacks defeated the Real Monarchs SLC 3-1 on Independence Day at Weidner Field behind first half goals from Deshane Beckford, Hadji Barry, and Michael Edwards. The Real Monarchs have lost seven road games during the 2021 USL Championship season and currently sit at the bottom of the Mountain Division.  On August 7th, the Real Monarchs logged their only road win of 2021 by defeating Landon Donovan’s San Diego Loyal 1-0 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.  A 2-0 loss at Indy Eleven followed on August 28th, before Head Coach Jámison Olave’s team fell 3-2 at Toyota Field to San Antonio FC last Wednesday evening.  

“Obviously, we just have to play our game and do what we need to do – we’ve seen the Monarchs before and we’ve gotten a good result against them, so we just need to stick to our game plan and we’ll get a result,” said Sebastian Anderson.  “Wednesday will be a great game and we’re definitely looking to get a good result for our fans at home.  Being able to win our individual duels will be key –  and then just go forward and transition quickly, put in some goals, and make sure we’re solid defensively.” 

“We need to come out strong and we need to score early,” said captain Jimmy Ockford.  “When we don’t start strong we seem to fall behind in the match, so I think it’s important to get up early and score as many goals as possible.  We know our principles and what we want to do and what we want to accomplish, so right now it’s about getting the bodies right and mentally prepared.  It’s going to be really nice to be home and be around that energy at Weidner Field.” 

On Saturday evening, the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros travel to Weidner Field on Superhero Night, presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs.  Next Wednesday, September 15th, a post-match fireworks show will follow the contest against the El Paso Locomotive.  Tickets for all three matches of the Switchbacks’ homestand are available HERE.