A late August signing is paying depth dividends for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks with the addition of forward Jungyeong Park.
The South Korean, who also plays some outside midfield, was training with the United Soccer League team for a couple of months before a roster spot opened up with the departure of South Korean midfielder Taewoo Kim (two games, two minutes).
Park has played up front and in the middle in three games (77 minutes) for first-place Colorado Springs (14-8-7) so far and has been a steady contributor wherever he's placed. His offensive skills are a boost whichever side he plays on.
"He's done a good job for us and he can play both positions, so he's a good addition at this point of the season," Colorado Springs coach Steve Trittschuh said. "We had to be creative adding him to the team but it all worked out and his visa was approved."
He was released by the Real Monarchs Salt Lake City in June after six months with the Western Conference rival and the free agent moved to Colorado Springs to train. After about two months, it became clear he would be a good addition to the Switchbacks, who were looking for more depth in the midfield.
Park, a former FC Seoul reserve and academy player, is pleased to be on the Western Conference-contending Switchbacks and happy to contribute.
"I feel good about how I have played," he said. "I like to play aggressive and am more of a technical player."
He was quickly accepted by the team thanks to an outgoing personality, forward Miguel Gonzalez said. That has helped him blend into the team well and not spoil any chemistry on and off the field.
"He's very good with the ball when dribbling and passing," Gonzalez said. "He's a good guy and fits in well with the team on and off the field, which is important."