Colorado Springs winger Saeed Robinson didn’t get his first goal of the season when the Switchbacks hosted FC Denver in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action Wednesday at Weidner Field, but he did enough to help the hosts avoid embarrassment and advance to the third round.
Robinson’s burst of speed into the box in the 84th minute ended with a whistle and a point to the penalty spot. Jordan Burt took over from there, burying his third penalty kick of the season in the 86th minute for the final goal of a 3-2 Switchbacks win.
“I thought I was going to go through and score, but it is what it is,” Robinson said.
“It’s a long season. I’m sure I’ll get a couple.”
The Switchbacks found themselves in a 1-0 hole at half against the amateur squad after Fernando Megallanes won a header in the box with Switchbacks keeper Moise Pouaty out of the picture. Wolde Harris, who handled the coaching duties, brought the speedy Jamaican on to start the second half.
“We weren’t getting too much penetration on the outside, and that’s a big part of a game,” said Harris of Robinson. “Bringing him on added a different element to the game.”
The Switchbacks went to three in the back and it quickly paid dividends.
Pascal Eboussi got a touch on Josh Suggs’ free kick and got it past the FC Denver goalkeeper Michael Moberg in the 55th minute to equalize before Uriel Macias put the hosts ahead in the 58th minute with his first professional goal.
“I’m proud of him,” Harris said. “He’s worked really, really hard.”
Macias settled a cross from Robinson and chipped a ball up for himself and got enough of his scissor kick to beat Moberg.
“It was a bad touch, but it worked out,” Macias said.
FC Denver appeared to equalize off a set piece in the 72nd minute, but with the teams lined up to restart play, a conference between the referee and his assistant resulted in an offside ruling. Denver knotted it in the 77th minute when Cesar Castillo converted from the penalty spot.
That left Robinson to make the decisive run.
“Our guys obviously found the will to win and went on and got the victory,” Harris said. “We’re happy to be moving forward.”