Photo Courtesy of Colorado Rapids / Bart Young
The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC officially announced they have signed Micheal Azira (Ah-ZEER-ah) on loan from the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS).
Azira joins the Switchbacks after playing in five matches for the Colorado Rapids during the 2018 MLS season. Azira is a defensive midfielder who has experience at the MLS and USL level. He was a regular starter for the 2016 Colorado Rapids side that was the best defense in Major League Soccer, giving up only 32 goals in 34 games. He also featured for the Uganda national team in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
"Micheal is going to bring experience from both the USL and MLS. He is a player with a great work ethic and can play at a high level," said Switchbacks Head Coach, Steve Trittschuh. "We will need him to help us push for a playoff spot this last part of the season."
Azira will be available for Saturday's match against Oklahoma City. Per the Right of Recall incorporated in the loan agreement, the Rapids retain the right to recall Azira at any point during the remainder of the MLS regular season, subject to MLS roster compliance guidelines.
The Switchbacks are back at Weidner Field on August 4th to face OKC Energy FC. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free Switchbacks backpack on Back To School Night courtesy of GE Johnson. Tickets start at just $12 and are available here. Fans 21+ can get $1 beer the first 30 minutes when gates open at 5:00 PM.