The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced the re-signing of Jordan Burt for the 2019 season. The 28-year-old has been with the team since its inaugural 2015 season making 110 appearances and 15 goals.
“Having Jordan back is great for the team. He brings a fantastic mentality and competitive nature to his play,” said Switchbacks head coach, Steve Trittschuh. “We will need his experience and leadership as we head into the 2019 season.”
The Elkhart Indiana native had his best season in 2017, scoring 8 goals despite missing significant time to injury. He followed that performance in 2018 with 6 goals, tied for team lead with Shane Malcolm. Burt was voted as Back Chat’s Supporters Young Player of the Year in 2015, and had a stellar 2016 on the stingy Switchbacks defense.
“Being with the club from day one has given me a deep appreciation for the fans, city, and club and being able to play another year here is a real honor,” said Burt. “I am eager to get started playing the game I love, helping cultivate a winning culture, and being a part of a product that the city can be proud of. The 2019 campaign will be a special one.”
Burt joins Switchback Rony Argueta as an early signing for the 2019 team. The upcoming season will be the first season of the Switchbacks partnership with the Colorado Rapids, and the first with General Manager Brian Crookham, who also serves as Sr. Director of Soccer Development for the Rapids. The signings of two Colorado Springs fan favorites should help alleviate some fears of the Switchbacks losing its identity to the MLS affiliate. It also takes some sting away from the retirement of Luke Vercollone and the departure of 2018 captain Josh Suggs to the expansion New Mexico United.
The newly rechristened USL Championship begins play in March of 2019.