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Colorado Springs Switchbacks, Jordan Burt looking for home victory Saturday

July 28, 2017 Updated: July 28, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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Jordan Burt - The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC hosted the Swope Park Rangers Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Switchbacks Stadium. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Jordan Burt's position may read as defender on the player's guide, but he is much more than that for the Switchbacks.

Coach Steve Trittschuh likes the team's defenders to get forward at times - primarily the outside defenders. So at times, Burt acts like an extra midfielder out on the pitch for Colorado Springs.

"Rony (Argueta) does such a good job at holding the midfield that we are able to do that," Burt said on him being able to attack on offense. "So both me and (Josh) Suggs get high up the field. It is just that attacking mindset that me and Suggs have that helps the team."

Due to the ability of being an offensive threat, Burt is tied with forward Kevaughn Frater for most goals on the squad with six.

While most of Burt's goals have come on set pieces, he has a strategy when it comes to him getting up the field and providing offensive support.

It's a number thing to Burt when it comes to him picking and choosing when to attack. If the Switchbacks have possession of the ball and if he is able to break past part of the opposing team, Burt will always attack.

Playing with that type of mindset helped Burt earn his second United Soccer League team of the week honor, after a strong performance against Oklahoma City Energy FC last weekend.

"It feels good, but there is a big caveat that we didn't get the W," Burt said. "Obviously, that is the more important. Just focusing on the next day, the next training session and now ready to come back home for the next game."

On Saturday, the Switchbacks look to end a four-game skid (three losses and one tie) as they take on the Seattle Sounders FC II at Wiedner Field at 6 p.m. Colorado Springs will look to get rid of the mental mistakes that have haunted it for the past month.

"We just have to stop making mistakes at the wrong time," Trittschuh said. "It is not like teams are breaking us down and playing through us all the time. It is just mental, physical mistakes. So we just have to cut them out.

"There are no drills to cut them out. It is a mental thing with the guys right now. They are losing their focus at the wrong times. That is what is costing us right now. It has nothing to do with how we are playing or the tactics of it. It is just mental mistakes."

While Colorado Springs looks to get back into the win column, it will be without Frater due to him being suspended for receiving a second yellow card. Frater's offensive ability will be missed, according to Burt, as he believes the 6-foot forward is the league's best at his position.

Frater's absence will force a lot of players to step up. But it won't change Burt's style of play.

"No, my game will stay the same," Burt said. "Just choosing my time to go. Choosing when the play is building up. I'll try to get in there, but most importantly for us is to get a zero, as in a shutout. That is our main focus but I'll definitely take my chances when I get up there."

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