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Colorado Springs forward Aaron King, others hope to provide scoring spark for Switchbacks

June 2, 2017 Updated: June 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm
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Steve Trittschuh is looking for one of his forwards to rise up and become the potent finisher the Switchbacks must have.

"We need those guys to produce more goals for us," the coach said. "I told them that and they know that."

One of those forwards Trittschuh hopes can spark his team is Denver's Aaron King, one of the original signees for the third-year franchise.

King, 32, is off to a solid start (three goals, 11 appearances) for the Switchbacks (3-4-5, 14 points).

"With Aaron, he will do the defensive side of it but with that (center forward) position we need that person who can hold the ball so we can bring players into the (play) and can also score," he said.

The Switchbacks want more scoring from King, and fellow forwards Masta Kacher (four goals), Shane Malcom (two) and Kevaughn Frater (one). Starting roles are in flux as Trittschuh and assistant Wolde Harris try to find the hot hand.

"Kingy knows this from the first two years," Trittschuh said. "Hopefully he can get going because we need those guys to step up."

King certainly hopes to and he has shown flashes of being that potent scorer.

"I have high standards and I want to score more goals," he said. "You cannot get complacent. For me right now, its a matter of elevating my game and trying to stay relevant."

King is playing in his 12th professional season, which includes time in the USL, Finland, North American Soccer League and MLS (Colorado Rapids reserves). He enjoyed a standout career at North Carolina State that included being a Hermann Trophy semifinalist -- college men's soccer's Heisman.

His longevity makes him a example for the younger players he tries to beat out for playing time.

"You may not see him do many, many runs but he does everything for a reason," Kacher said. "He is a really smart player and that comes with experience. You can find him at the right spot because he makes the right decisions. He is an example for everyone on the team because he is a professional before everything else."

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