NMU beat the Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2-1 yesterday, apparently after what many considered a controversial penalty call. The ESPN+ broadcast team called it the “softest of penalties” and after the game, Switchbacks Head Coach Steve Trittschuh said “the guys know what happened. We got screwed. What else can I say?”
The New Mexico side has a couple of faces that will be familiar to Rapids fans, with Cody Mizell in goal and Sam Hamilton in the midfield. Other locals ties include Ken Akamatsu, who played at DU from 2015-2018 and Josh Suggs and Kevaughn Frater, who both had stints with the Switchbacks in recent years.
In New Mexico United’s inaugural season, they are currently sitting first in the Western Conference, with a record of 6-6-1 (24 points). They are second in the entire league behind the Tampa Bay Rowdies at 7-5-0 (26 points).