COLORADO SPRINGS — By most accounts, it was a solid return to the pitch this past weekend for Switchbacks FC, the only item missing, three key points in a tough 2-1 loss to New Mexico United at Weidner Field.
"It was good to get our first game back from the pandemic and break," goalkeeper Sean Melvin said. "I think we'll learn to play more consistently, there were some mistakes in our first game back. But I think we built on what we did on the weekend and will bring that into the next game."
Their next 90-minute showdown won't be any easier, as Colorado Springs travels to Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon to take on the reigning USL champion Real Monarchs.
"It's going to be a tough challenge but one this group is ready to embrace," head coach Alan Koch said. "We're looking forward to watching players rise to the occasion and playing in the Rio Tinto. A fantastic experience, it is a great stadium and something that we are ready for."
A pivotal contest in the very difficult Group C, Switchbacks FC is currently 1-1 on the year with SLC sitting at 0-2. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Sandy, Utah.