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Switchbacks sign former captain Rony Argueta

The midfielder returns to the Switchbacks after playing 2018 in Fresno.

Isaiah J. Downing

The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Thursday the return of former captain and “Switchback Original” Rony Argueta. The midfielder played for the Switchbacks from 2015-2017 before spending 2018 with the USL Fresno Foxes FC.

In his three years with the Switchbacks, the 27-year-old Argueta became a fan favorite, notching 4 goals in 84 appearances and being named the Back Chat Young Player of the Year in 2016. While with the Foxes, he scored three goals in 23 appearances. Following the 2018 season, Fresno chose not to pick up the option on his contract, and Colorado Springs were eager to welcome him back.

“I am glad that I was able to get Rony to come back to the Switchbacks. He had a lot of success here, and I know he will help us in the 2019 season,” said Switchbacks FC head coach, Steve Trittschuh in statements released by the team “He is a natural leader and quality player, and he will bring a good competitive mentality back to the team.”

“I’m excited to see how the Switchbacks have grown and will continue to grow in the future. I’m looking forward to working with the Rapids, as our new affiliates, and seeing the construction of the new stadium for 2020. A lot of good things coming for the team and the city of Colorado Springs,” said Argueta. “For our 2019 season, I’m excited to keep learning from my coaches and teammates. I’m looking forward to building a winning team and a great product for our fans and the city of Colorado Springs.”

Argueta is the first signing of the 2019 season and the first under the partnership between the Colorado Rapids and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. In bringing back a “Switchback Original,” some of the anxiety fans had about the direction of the team under new General Manager Brian Crookham—who holds both the titles of GM for the Switchbacks and Sr. Director of Soccer Development for the Rapids—might be relieved.

The newly renamed USL Championship is expected to begin to play in March of 2019.