Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC went into Saturday’s game against Real Monarchs on a tear, scoring 10 goals in a three-game win streak. While that run ended in a 2-0 loss in Salt Lake City, the Switchbacks (9-6-4, 33 points) believe they continued to play at a high level heading into Friday’s game against LA Galaxy II (5-12-4) at Weidner Field.
The Switchbacks allowed a pair of goals off set pieces in the first 15 minutes and failed to convert a second-half penalty kick against the Western Conference leaders in Rio Tinto.
“I took a lot of positives out of the game last week,” Switchbacks coach Steve Trittschuh said. “Obviously, the negatives are giving up two restart goals on corners, but other than that, I thought we controlled a lot of the match.”
After getting nine points out of their last four matches, the Switchbacks will take the pitch Friday in seventh place in the conference standings having played two more games than any other team. LA is two spots from the bottom in 13th despite earning at least a point in four of its last five matches.
With the Galaxy’s first team off this weekend, the Switchbacks expected LA to bring some of their top reserves.
“They always play us tough, and they always want to beat us. I’m sure they’ll bring in their best team and try to do that,” midfielder Luke Vercollone said coming off a USL Team of the Week selection. “They know that they have to win games, so that’s what makes them dangerous.”
If the Switchbacks are able to push the tempo and pressure the Galaxy defenders, the belief is they’ll get back to their goal-scoring and winning ways.
“I think we’ve pressured the other teams really well in the last three or four weeks. (It’s) just stepping high and putting the pressure on them in their own end as they try to play out of the back,” Vercollone said.
“I think if we just focus on our game, we’ll be better off for doing that.”
Kevaughn Frater scored in the 90th minute, his second goal of the game, to give the Switchbacks a 2-1 win at Los Angeles in June. Frater leads the team with eight goals this season.