On Saturday evening at Weidner Field the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC will look to continue their offensive resurgence as they host Fresno FC on Fireworks Night. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Switchbacks T-Shirt courtesy of Springs Automotive Group. Fireworks will follow the match that kicks off at 7pm MT.
The Switchbacks stormed to a 4-1 win against the Portland Timbers 2 last Sunday behind a brace from Jordan Burt, a Marty Maybin USL Goal of the Week contender and a smart finish by AJ Ajeakwa.
Fresno FC are themselves coming off a 4-1 victory after brushing aside the Swope Park Rangers on Sunday at Chukchansi Park in California. Former Switchbacks captain Rony Argueta started for Fresno FC in his customary central midfield spot alongside Argentine Juan Pablo Caffa. Jemal Johnson leads Fresno FC in goals after picking up his seventh in Sunday’s win over SPR.
Switchbacks Assistant Coach Wolde Harris took charge of Tuesday’s training session in Colorado Springs, as Head Coach Steve Trittschuh is currently in Kansas City as he works towards his coaching Pro License. Trittschuh will return to Colorado later in the week and will take his customary place on the Switchbacks’ sideline this weekend.
“We’re in communication all the time…Steve has actually called me already during this practice!” said Harris on Tuesday afternoon. “We know what we want to do. We’ll use the altitude and our energy and we are really looking forward to build on the win in Portland. We are really focused on what we did last weekend and we will continue to work on our game this week. Just today, training has been high tempo and high energy – we’ll keep that up all week.”
Jordan Burt was named to the USL’s Team of the Week after his brace against the Timbers 2. Burt was a constant threat going forward for the Switchbacks who overwhelmed T2 on their way to four second half goals.
“We really needed that second half – it was great for us to get the road win. Hopefully the win will help give us some momentum going forward,” said Burt before being asked about facing off against former teammate Rony Argueta. “It’s always great to see guys you played with and I always wish them well. It will be fun to battle against him. As for Team of the Week, it was great to be noticed, but the most important thing was to get the win on the road and we’ll build off that in the next couple of games.”
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” said Marty Maybin who scored a sensational goal against T2 to open his 2018 account. “I’m hoping to get a good run of games, especially at home. It’s been a frustrating season for me with being injured and then suspended for a game, which I thought was harsh. That goal just comes from months of being ready and being checked in. I was glad to finally get one to go in and hopefully I can use that to start a bit of a run for myself and to help the team. We’ve got to make the conditions here very hard for Fresno on Saturday. And it’ll be great to see Rony. During the game we’ll be rivals of course, but we’ll have a little chat before and after and it’ll be nice to see him.”
Saturday’s match will be the first of three in a row at Weidner Field for the Switchbacks, who will host San Antonio FC on June 30th before a lighting turnaround sees Wolde Harris and the Switchbacks face off against Orange County SC on Tuesday, July 3rd. The Switchbacks will visit Fresno FC for their penultimate game of the 2018 USL regular season on Friday October 5th.
“Our focus is on ourselves,” stressed Harris. “Last weekend we saw Josh [Phillips] again and this weekend Rony. We know Rony’s skill sets and quality, but we’ll go out and practice and prepare for our game. The focus is on our game and to build off what we did well last weekend. Scoring four last weekend – for the second time this season – showed what we’ve been working on. I really expect Fresno to come here and play and try to impose themselves. We’re not sure tactically exactly what they’ll do, but we know they’ll be ready…and so will we.”
Weidner Apartment Homes will sponsor a Vuvuzela giveaway on June 30th for the visit of San Antonio FC on World Cup Night at Weidner Field.
Orange County SC’s visit will see an Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza that includes a pre-match scarf giveaway, courtesy of Oakwood Homes on July 3rd.