The focus for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC is squarely on Saturday’s league match at Oklahoma City, despite the club being a win away from a chance to see how it stacks up against MLS competition in U.S. Open Cup play.
Following Saturday’s United Soccer League tilt against Oklahoma City Energy FC, the team is off to Texas for a third-round Open Cup meeting with San Antonio FC, another USL side. Getting three points from a struggling Oklahoma City team is the primary focus, however.
“Really, the league games are the most important thing right now, especially this Saturday,” Switchbacks coach Steve Trittschuh said. “We gotta win.”
The Energy sit with just three points through nine matches after eight straight losses. The Switchbacks’ coach maintained that the Energy is a “dangerous” side at home.
“We gotta stay focused, and we gotta make sure defensively we’re good,” Trittschuh said. “It’s a smaller field there. It’s a narrow field. It’s going to be a battle in the midfield, so we’ve got to win that battle.”
The Switchbacks will have reinforcements in the middle, if needed. Uriel Macias, who scored his first professional goal in Wednesday’s 3-2 Open Cup win over FC Denver, earned a spot in the traveling squad.
“That’s why we signed him, because he can score goals,” Trittschuh said. “He just needed some time to get up to the speed of play in this league. He did well (Wednesday).”
While the Switchbacks are focused on a result this weekend, there was a light ending to Thursday’s training at Pride Soccer Complex.
Communications manager Joel Huber has decided to move on after losing most of his belongings in the March fire at Sunstone Townhomes. While Huber tried to make a quiet exit, forward Toby Uzo put his size to use, easily scooping Huber off his feet and into the center of the team’s circle.
After wishing the squad well and asking the team to produce a trophy this season, Huber broke down the huddle.