COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain rivalry between Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Real Monarchs SLC will resume on Saturday evening at Weidner Field with the Monarchs aiming to continue a perfect start to the new season. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. MT.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC news and notes
Current record: 1-1-2, 5pts
The Switchbacks suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday night as Rio Grande Valley FC earned a 3-1 victory at H-E-B Park.
Colorado Springs pulled level early in the second half on Chris James’ first goal for the club, but second-half goals by Memo Rodriguez and Camilo Monroy earned the Toros their first win the their new stadium.
The Switchbacks are now winless in their last three outings, having played to a 1-1 draw with OKC Energy FC in their home opener on April 2.
Colorado Springs will have Cameroonian goalkeeper Moise Pouaty available for the first time on Saturday as he joined fellow countryman Pascal Eboussi in the squad.
Real Monarchs SLC news and notes
Current record: 3-0-0, 9pts
The Monarchs continued their best start to a season in their history with a 5-3 win against Reno 1868 FC last Thursday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Sebastian Velasquez had a goal and assist in the victory, which saw Real notch five goals for the first time in the club’s history.
The Monarchs lead the USL with nine goals in three contests this season, and currently sit second in the league behind only San Antonio with a 28 percent shot-conversion rate.
Real’s winning streak is its longest since a five-game winning streak that concluded the 2015 USL regular season.
Colorado Springs – GK: Justin Luthy, Dan Jackson, Moise Pouaty; D: Josh Phillips, Pascal Eboussi, Josh Suggs, Davy Armstrong, Diego Gutierrez, Sean McFarlane, Conner Bevans, Jordan Burt; M: Luke Vercollone, Eddy Prugh, Rony Argueta, Jake Cawsey, Chris James, Taesong Kim; F: Jun Gyeong Park, Masta Kacher, Kevaughn Frater, Aaron King, Shane Malcolm, Jack Jones
Real Monarchs – GK: Lalo Fernandez, Connor Sparrow, Andrew Putna, Jared Osgood; D: James Moberg, Kyle Curinga, Reagan Dunk, Max Lachowecki, Emilio Orozco, Michael Gallagher, Taylor Peay, Danilo Acosta; M: Sebastian Saucedo, Charlie Adams, Jesus Leal, Nick Besler, Sebastian Velasquez, Karsten Hanlin, Omar Holness, Jose Hernandez; F: Andrew Brody, Daniel Haber, Chase Minter, Chandler Hoffman, Skyler Milne, Emmanuel Ocran, Ricardo Velazco
Colorado Springs – None
Real Monarchs SLC – None
REF: CHIPALO STREET
AR1: Elias Anosov
AR2: Lauren Parliament
4TH: Brean Roman
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