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Colorado Springs Switchbacks Look To Avenge Loss In LA

Switchbacks and Los Dos face off with the top of the Western Conference table at stake

Josh Suggs defends a header against Saint Louis.
Photos Courtesy Isaiah J. Downing/Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

The Background:

The middle third of the season starts for the Switchbacks with a 2 game USL road trip, starting off with a huge matchup against Los Dos. A point separates the teams in the standings, with LA looking up at the first place Switchbacks. With 3 games in hand over LA, Colorado Springs can sour the the outlook of the defending Western Conference champions with a win.

The last meeting between the teams was all over the map, with LA getting a 3 goal lead, before the Switchbacks furious rally fell short in the end, with the game ending in a 3-2 loss. The game was by far the worst defensive performance for the Switchbacks, allowing Jack McBean to score the hat trick.

Since the May 4th meeting, LA has gone 1-2-2 and the Switchbacks 4-0-1. Heading into the summer, things might start to get rough for the MLS owned teams. As MLS teams lose players to international duty, they will call up USL players for depth, leaving the USL teams a little less stacked than normal. This is great news for the Switchbacks, who are currently battling Vancouver Whitecaps 2 and LA Galaxy 2 for top of the table.

Keys To The Game

1.) Dont Overlook The Guys Not Named McBean. Currently McBean leads the league in goals (11), including his 3 against the Switchbacks. However take away his goals, and the team still sits at 16 goals this season, one short of the Switchbacks total team goals (17).

2.) Best On Best. LA is the highest scoring team in the USL, scoring 27 goals. The Switchbacks are 2nd in the league in scoring defense, only allowing 7 goals all season. In their last meeting, LA won the battle.

3.) Road Warriors. This year, the Switchbacks are 3-2-0 on the road. While they have built an identity as being nearly unstoppable in the friendly confines of Fortress Sand Creek, to solidify their place among the leagues elite, they need to be able to bring some of that swagger on the road with them. This year is shaping up to look like last years battle, where every point counts, and the difference between 3 and 1 can be the difference to spending the playoffs at home or on the road.

By The Numbers:

5-2-6. 27 goals.) The current record and goal total of both the Galaxy and Galaxy II. Not sure what it means, but its gotta mean something!

4-6-0.) The Switchbacks record after 10 games last year. Sitting at 7-2-1 now, they have established themselves as one of the elite in USL, all without the support of a MLS team.

173.) The amount of fouls committed by Los Dos, leading the league in that category. On the other end of the spectrum, the Switchbacks have committed 100, second least in the USL.

Officiating Assignments:

REF: ALEX CHILOWICZ

AR1: Eduardo Jeff

AR2: Ceciah Valero

4TH: Shaine Danbeli

Discipline:

Saeed Robinson will serve the last game of his 3 game ban, stemming from an alleged spitting incident in Arizona. Miguel Gonzalez sits at 4 yellow cards, one short of a one game suspension for accumulation.

LA Galaxy II have no players suspended or close to suspension.

How To Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday, June 11th, 8:30pm MDT

Venue: Stub Hub Track and Field Center, Carson, CA

Supporters Event: The Trailheads will be hosting a watch party at Jack Quinns.

On-Line Viewing: The game will be live streamed via Youtube. Most modern mobile devices and TVs have a YouTube app (XBox, Playstation, Roku, Chromecast, etc)

Weather at Kick-off: 64° at kickoff, partly cloudy with a 0% chance of rain. California dreamin' weather.