Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC logo.svg
Full nameColorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club
Founded2013; 7 years ago (2013)
StadiumWeidner Field
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Capacity5,000
OwnerRagain Sports, LLC
PresidentNick Ragain
Head CoachAlan Koch
LeagueUSL Championship
201918th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club is a professional soccer team based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 2014, the team is a member of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. The franchise is owned and operated by Martin Ragain and Ragain Sports, LLC.

History[edit]

An ownership group from Colorado Springs were awarded a USL Pro franchise on December 5, 2013, with plans to begin play in 2015.[1] The team's name, the "Switchbacks", was announced on January 31, 2014, following a fan contest.[2] The team hired Steve Trittschuh as their head coach on March 11, 2014.[3]

On October 30, 2018, Switchbacks FC announced an affiliation agreement with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, who are based in the Denver area.[4]

Stadium[edit]

The team plays at Weidner Field, adjacent to UCHealth Park (formerly known as Security Service Field), and in the summer of 2014, started a $3 million renovation of the stadium after the team signed a 10-year lease with the City of Colorado Springs.[5] Located at roughly 6,500 feet above sea-level,[6] the stadium is at the highest elevation of any primary home stadium for a professional team in the American soccer pyramid.

In July 2018, the City of Colorado Springs announced plans to construct a new stadium to be ready for play by the 2021 season.[7] Construction of the 8,000 seater stadium in Downtown Colorado Springs commenced on December 7, 2019. It will cost $35 million, to be funded by city bonds, the club, and a real estate partner.[8]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2015 3 USL 3rd, Western Conference Semifinals Fourth Round 2,723
2016 3 USL 3rd, Western Conference Quarterfinals Fourth Round 3,152
2017 2 USL 9th, Western Did not qualify Third Round 3,389
2018 2 USL 11th, Western Did not qualify Third Round 3,804
2019 2 USLC 18th, Western Did not qualify Third Round 4,005

Current roster[edit]

As of April 12, 2020[9]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Sean Melvin  Canada
2 Defender Joan Cervós  Andorra
5 Defender Ever Rubio  Mexico
6 Midfielder Rony Argueta  United States
7 Forward Austin Dewing  United States
8 Midfielder Hiroki Kurimoto  Japan
9 Forward Christian Volesky  United States
10 Forward Luke Ferreira  United States
11 Midfielder Mamadi Camara  Guinea
12 Forward Niki Jackson ([A])  United States
13 Midfielder Aidan Daniels  Canada
14 Defender Abdul Rwatubyaye ([A])  Rwanda
16 Defender Adrián Diz Pe  Cuba
17 Forward George Lebese  South Africa
19 Forward Darren Yapi ([B])  United States
21 Defender Kris Reaves  United States
22 Defender Sebastian Anderson ([A])  United States
23 Midfielder Uvaldo Luna  Mexico
24 Defender Vladimir Walent ([B])  United States
25 Midfielder Donovan Roux ([B])  United States
27 Forward Logan Dorsey ([B])  United States
28 Midfielder Will Vint ([A])  United States
30 Goalkeeper Abraham Rodriguez ([A])  United States
31 Defender Alejandro Padilla ([B])  United States
32 Goalkeeper Andrew Cordes ([B])  United States
44 Defender Jordan Burt  United States
77 Midfielder Andre Lewis  Jamaica
  1. ^
    On loan from MLS affiliate Colorado Rapids.
  2. ^
    Colorado Rapids academy player.

Staff[edit]

  • United States Martin Ragain – Owner
  • United States Nick Ragain – President
  • South Africa Alan KochHead Coach
  • South Africa Kyle Timm – Assistant Coach
  • United States Chase Robertson – Assistant Coach & Equipment Manager
  • United States Trey HarringtonGoalkeeping Coach

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paisley, Joe (December 2, 2013). "USL soccer franchise coming to Colorado Springs". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Colorado Springs Unveils Club Nickname" (Press release). USL Pro. January 31, 2014. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Switchbacks Name Trittschuh As Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). March 11, 2014. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Benedetto, Vinny (October 30, 2018). "Switchbacks FC, Colorado Rapids officially reach affiliation agreement". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2014-09-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Fox, Dan (July 11, 2006). "Security Service Field: Context Matters". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Laden, Rich. "Apartment developer buys land next to planned downtown Colorado Springs soccer stadium site". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  8. ^ Hancock, Amanda (December 7, 2019). "Groundbreaking held for $35 million multi-use stadium in downtown Colorado Springs". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "2020 Roster". switchbacksfc.com. Retrieved 4 February 2020.

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