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USL Match Preview – #COSvRGV

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 06/30/17, 9:14AM EDT

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Switchbacks look to build on victory as Toros visit

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC will look to build on its biggest win of the season to date when it welcomes Rio Grande Valley FC to Weidner Field on Saturday night for a second consecutive contest against opposition from Texas. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MT.

Matchcenter: http://bit.ly/2us2pHv | Tickets: http://bit.ly/2ojMfB4 | Broadcast: Comcast 900 (COS)

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC news and notes

  • Current record: 6-5-5, 23pts

  • The Switchbacks handed San Antonio FC its first defeat of the season last Saturday night as it took a 1-0 victory at Weidner Field.

  • Sean McFarlane’s second goal of the season proved the difference as he headed home in first-half stoppage time to end SAFC’s 14-game undefeated streak.

  • The victory came in front of a club-record crowd at Weidner Field of 4,429 fans as the Switchbacks moved to 4-1-2 on home turf this season.

  • Colorado Springs enters the weekend in fifth place in the Western Conference, and holds a six-point cushion on the ninth-place Toros.

Rio Grande Valley FC news and notes

  • Current record: 5-6-2, 17pts

  • The Toros fell for a second consecutive outing in their last contest as Sacramento Republic FC took a 6-2 victory last Wednesday night at Papa Murphy’s Park.

  • The defeat equaled the widest margin of defeat in RGVFC history, matching its 4-0 loss to the Swope Park Rangers last season.

  • RGVFC had only conceded 10 goals in 12 games entering the contest with Sacramento.

  • The Toros’ Eric Bird and Charlie Ward both started, while Ruben Luna came off the bench, in the Houston Dynamo’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup contest on Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City.

Series Notes

  • The Toros took a 3-1 victory at H-E-B Park when the teams met earlier this season, and are 3-0-0 all-time against the Switchbacks.

Squads

  • Colorado Springs – GK: John Berner, Justin Luthy, Dan Jackson, Moise Pouaty; D: Josh Phillips, Pascal Eboussi, Davy Armstrong, Diego Gutierrez, Sean McFarlane, Kortne Ford, Conner Bevans, Jordan Burt; M: Luke Vercollone, Eddy Prugh, Rony Argueta, Jake Cawsey, Sam Hamilton, Ricardo Perez, Chris James, Taesong Kim; F: Jun Gyeong Park, Masta Kacher, Kevaughn Frater, Aaron King, Shane Malcolm, Jack Jones

  • Rio Grande Valley – GK: Marco Carducci, Borja Angoitia, Calle Brown, Michael Kirk; D: Kai Greene, Victor Garza, Robby Sagel, Ivan Magalhaes, Jorginho James, Leo Ayala, Taylor Hunter, Juan Garcia, Omar Ontiveros; M: Eric Bird, T.J. Casner, Emilio Garcia, Todd Wharton, Christian Lucatero; F: Jose Escalante, Camilo Monroy, Ruben Luna, Kyle Murphy

Discipline

  • Colorado Springs – Suspended: Josh Suggs

  • Rio Grande Valley – None

Officials

  • REF: MICHAEL RADCHUK

  • AR1: Lauren Parliament

  • AR2: Devin Wagner

  • 4TH: Justin Fillmore

Game hashtag:

  • #COSvRGV

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