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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
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Full nameColorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Founded2013; 6 years ago (2013)
Stadium Weidner Field
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Capacity5,000
OwnerRagain Sports, LLC
PresidentNick Ragain
Head Coach Steve Trittschuh
League USL Championship
201811th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club 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

The team hired Steve Trittschuh as their head coach on March 11, 2014. [1]

Stadium

The team plays at Weidner Field, adjacent to Security Service Field, and in the summer of 2014, started a $3,000,000 renovation of the stadium after the team signed a 10-year lease with the City of Colorado Springs. [2] Located at roughly 6,500 feet above sea-level, [3] 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 10,000 seat stadium to be ready for play by the 2021 season. [4]

Year-by-year

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

First team roster

As of January 5, 2019

No. Position Player Nation
3 Defender Ismaila Jome   Gambia
4 Defender Ibrahim Yaro   Ghana
5 Defender Kofi Opare ( [A])   Ghana
6 Midfielder Rony Argueta   United States
7 Midfielder Alex Molano   United States
8 Defender Jamal Jack   Trinidad and Tobago
10 Forward Mike Seth   United States
11 Midfielder Saeed Robinson   Jamaica
12 Goalkeeper Steward Ceus   Haiti
13 Midfielder Logan Hitzeman ( [B])   United States
15 Goalkeeper Andre Rawls ( [A])   United States
18 Defender Sam Raben ( [A])   United States
20 Midfielder Kwasi Donsu   Ghana
21 Defender Kris Reaves   United States
22 Midfielder Jordan Schweitzer   Canada
23 Forward Shane Malcolm   Guam
29 Forward Matt Hundley ( [A])   United States
31 Goalkeeper Clint Irwin ( [A])   United States
44 Defender Jordan Burt   United States
99 Goalkeeper Abraham Rodriguez ( [B])   United States
Forward César Romero (on loan from Motagua)   Honduras
  1. ^ On loan from MLS affiliate Colorado Rapids.
  2. ^ Colorado Rapids academy player.

Staff

  • United States Martin Ragain – Owner
  • United States Nick Ragain – President
  • United States Brian Crookham – General Manager
  • United States Steve TrittschuhHead Coach
  • Jamaica Wolde HarrisAssistant Coach
  • United States Trey Harrington – Goalkeeping Coach

References

  1. ^ "Switchbacks Name Trittschuh As Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). March 11, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  2. ^ http://switchbacksfc.com/sand-creek-stadium-ground-breaking-ceremony/
  3. ^ Fox, Dan (July 11, 2006). "Security Service Field: Context Matters". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  4. ^ rich.laden@gazette.com, Rich Laden. "Apartment developer buys land next to planned downtown Colorado Springs soccer stadium site". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2018-11-19.

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