Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC coach Steve Trittschuh knew he would be down one winger for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Portland Timbers 2 at Weidner Field, but that number doubled Wednesday.
Shane Malcolm’s absence was expected due to his Guam national team duties, while Saeed Robinson, who started and played 89 minutes on the opposite wing in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Los Angeles, was suspended a game when the USL released its weekly discipline report for his involvement in a shoving match following the second goal.
LA’s Hugo Arrellano will miss three games and pay a fine, while Adrian Vera earned a one-game suspension.
“Looking at it on the video, there’s just a lot going on,” Trittschuh said. “Honestly, I couldn’t see what Saeed did, but the league said they had evidence of it, and I couldn’t appeal it. So it is what it is.”
Robinson’s suspension leaves Trittschuh with 16 players for Portland.
“We don’t have a big squad, but everyone on this squad is versatile, and they can play pretty much any position,” captain Josh Suggs said.
AJ Ajeakwa, the only holdover from last week’s front three, could move to a side, making way for Marty Maybin to play up top, but starting position didn’t seem to mean much a week ago.
“We like to interchange up top anyway,” Trittschuh said. “Even if AJ is starting in the middle, he can end up on the right or left.”
Portland dropped a 2-1 result at Seattle last weekend. Josh Phillips, a former Switchbacks defender, played 90 minutes in his Timbers 2 debut. His return comes with his former side looking to build off last week’s strong start.
“The first two games being at home, we need six points out of these games,” Suggs said. “We need a win, and everyone on the team knows that.”