The United Soccer League announced its 2017 regular-season schedule Tuesday and there will be some familiar faces returning to Switchbacks Stadium.
Most of the 15 home games are on Saturdays.
The move comes after an offseason announcement by the USL to spread out the season more to enable more weekend games and perhaps, better attendance. No times were announced.
March 25, Season opener at Tulsa
The regular-season opener and finale on Oct. 14 pair the Switchbacks, 14-10-7 last season, against perennial cellar-dweller Tulsa, which has reportedly gone through a roster overhaul.
With both teams adding a number of new faces, it will be interesting to see how the two Western Conference foes match up.
April 1, Home opener against Oklahoma City
No, Switchbacks fans, Miguel Gonzalez leaving the Switchbacks to play with his brother Dani on the OKC Energy is not some elaborate April Fools prank, no matter how much some may want it to be. But this game will force local fans to get accustomed to seeing their favorites in different jerseys.
April 15, Salt Lake City at Colorado Springs
If there is a natural rival with the Switchbacks the Real Monarch SLC (Salt Lake City) has to be a front-runner. The two teams have played several times in two seasons, including in the U.S. Open Cup competition, and do not seem to like each other.
Sept. 9, Phoenix at Colorado Springs
Phoenix Rising, formerly Arizona United, is likely to be better after a roster overhaul from last season.
Of note, Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate and MLB pitcher Brandon McCarthy is a minority owner in the franchise.
Oct. 10, Sacramento at Colorado Springs
OK, there’s no way of knowing the playoff implications now, but the home finale should prove critical against the Western Conference powerhouse if Colorado Springs is contending as the postseason nears.
2017 Switchbacks schedule
Saturday, March 25, Colorado Springs at Tulsa
Saturday, April 1, Oklahoma City at Colorado Springs
Friday, April 7, Colorado Springs at San Antonio
Wednesday, April 12, Colorado Springs at Rio Grande Valley
Saturday, April 15, Salt Lake City at Colorado Springs
Saturday, April 22, Colorado Springs at Reno
Saturday, April 29, Seattle at Colorado Springs
Friday, May 5, Tulsa at Colorado Springs
Wednesday, May 10, Colorado Springs at Portland
Sunday, May 14, Colorado Springs at Vancouver
Saturday, May 20, Colorado Springs at Salt Lake City
Saturday, May 27, Reno at Colorado Springs
Saturday, June 3, Oklahoma City at Colorado Springs
Saturday, June 10, Colorado Springs at Los Angeles
Wednesday, June 21, Colorado Springs at Kansas City
Saturday, June 24, San Antonio at Colorado Springs
Saturday, July 1, Rio Grande Valley at Colorado Springs
Saturday, July 8, Vancouver at Colorado Springs
Saturday, July 15, Colorado Springs at Phoenix
Saturday, July 22, Colorado Springs at Oklahoma City
Saturday, July 29, Seattle at Colorado Springs
Saturday, Aug. 5, Portland at Colorado Springs
Tuesday, Aug. 8, Colorado Springs at Orange County
Saturday, Aug. 12, Colorado Springs at Salt Lake City
Friday, Aug. 18, LA at Colorado Springs
Saturday, Sept. 2, Colorado Springs at Sacramento
Saturday, Sept. 9, Phoenix at Colorado Springs
Saturday, Sept. 16, Colorado Springs at Seattle
Saturday, Sept. 23, Kansas City at Colorado Springs
Saturday, Sept. 30, Orange County at Colorado Springs
Saturday, Oct. 7, Sacramento at Colorado Springs
Saturday, Oct. 14, Colorado Springs at Tulsa