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Burgundy Boys on Loan, Week 12

A (mostly) good weekend for the Burgundy Boys on loan. And a clean sheet from....a blast from the past

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

A solid week greeted the Burgundy Boys on Loan as the Charlotte Independence and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC recorded impressive victories that featured five Colorado Rapids players. For those of us that have followed the Colorado Rapids for any length of time will recognize the name Steward Ceus. In goal for Colorado Springs, Ceus recorded a clean sheet for the Switchbacks.

(Yeah, I know he is not with the Rapids anymore, but come one, everyone remembers the time the Haiti International spent in Commerce City.)

Here is how the Burgundy Boys on Loan did this past week:

Swope Park Rangers 1, Phoenix Rising FC, 0

It was a hard-fought defeat for Phoenix on May 26 in Kansas in front of a whopping crowd of just over 900 people at Children’s Mercy Park. Phoenix went down in the fourth minute and could not find an equalizer over the rest of the match. Defender Mike da Fonte started in central defense in a 4-4-2 and played the full 90 minutes again, registering 37 touches with a passing accuracy of 64%. Da Fonte has played every USL minute for Phoenix this season.

Richmond Kickers 1, Charlotte Independence 3

Now, that is how you get it done on the road! Charlotte picked up their third consecutive USL win in a match that featured Andrew Dykstra and Sam Vines going the full 90 and a late match cameo from Ricardo Perez. The Saturday, May 26th match had the Jacks run out in the 4-3-3 and saw Dykstra face just two shots. Vines was solid again with 62 total touches and a near 80% passing accuracy rating. Perez came on in the 89th minutes and registered two touches.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 3, Saint Louis FC 0

The Switchbacks played a solid match at home on Saturday, May 26 that saw both Niki Jackson and Sam Hamilton in the starting XI. Hamilton started in the defensive midfield role in the 4-2-3-1 and went the full 90, picking up 41 touches and 90% passing accuracy. Jackson played 68 minutes and started up top as the lone striker. He was on the pitch for two of the three Switchbacks goals and his hold-up play helped Colorado Springs to those two goals.

Saint Louis FC 1, Phoenix Rising FC 3

Wednesday Night Football for Phoenix saw them travel to Saint Louis for their second match in four days. This time though, Rising took all three points to push them higher up in the Western Conference table. Da Fonte started again for Phoenix and played another 90 minutes in the 5-4-1 formation. He had 35 total touches and helped to limit Saint Louis to one goal on seven shots.

Saturday, June 2

Ottawa Fury FC (0-10-2, 2 Points) vs Charlotte Independence (5-3-2, 17 Points)

Location: TD Place Stadium, Ottawa, Ontario—5:00 PM MDT

What to Watch For: Ottawa stinks and the Independence are on a roll. But is that enough to sweep the season series? The Jacks are in the second of a four-game road swing and after starting off with an impressive victory, you’d think that getting three more against a winless team could, and should, be something to look for. Also, Charlotte recently signed a new goalkeeper, so you wonder if that impacts Dykstra.

How to Watch: This match, and all USL matches, are streamed at ESPN+ (subscription required)

Las Vegas Nights FC (2-4-4, 10 Points) vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (5-6-2, 17 Points)

Location: Cashman Field, Las Vegas, Nevada—9:00 PM MDT

What to Watch For: The Switchbacks are a lot like Charlotte...stretches of good quality football and maddening stretches of poor play. Their form guide (since April 18) reads like this:

L-D-L-D-W-L-W

Will the real Switchbacks stand up?

How to Watch: This match, and all USL matches, are streamed at ESPN+ (subscription required)