Colorado Springs is no stranger to fast turnarounds between games this season. The club faces another such challenge on Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Rowdies travel to Weidner Field. Kick off is at 7 p.m.
The Switchbacks, the three-seeded Western Conference in the USL Championship, take on the three-place Eastern Conference side, 72 hours from Colorado Springs’ 3-0 loss in Sacramento on Wednesday.
The Switchbacks might not be able to afford another loss, as Sacramento and New Mexico United are within three points of either tying, in New Mexico’s case, or surpassing the Switchbacks with a win of their own. Sacramento and New Mexico play Saturday.
Saturday’s game against Tampa is the first of a four-game home series for the Switchbacks.
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The Rowdies will be well rested and eager to win, having last played on August 13. The result was a 1-0 loss to top-seeded Eastern Conference Louisville City FC. It was Tampa’s first loss since April 30. The Rowdies are 14-4-6.
Colorado Springs is 13-9-3 on the year.
The Rowdies have strong forwards The club’s 48 goals are tied for third in the league behind San Diego Loyal SC, which has 53 and Colorado Springs has 50. Tampa is led by midfielder Leo Fernandes with 12 on the year and forward Jake LaCava with 10. Fernandes also leads the team with five assists.
Colorado Springs forward Hadji Barry leads the Switchbacks with 15 goals, tied for second in the league. Forward Elvis Amoh is just behind Barry with 12 goals this year. Midfielder Cam Lindley leads Colorado Springs in assists with nine, also second in the USL Championship.
Colorado Springs defenseman and newcomer Bret Halsey is already playing big minutes with the team, having played in both competitions for the club since announcing his acquisition on August 9.
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Halsey started for Colorado Springs on August 12 in the team’s tie against El Paso Locomotive FC. He almost played the whole game, coming off in the 75th minute. He also played in the second half of the club’s loss to Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday.
“I was ready to go out, I wanted to be a part of it. I know the stadium is amazing,” Halsey said after the El Paso game. “Just coming here was awesome and I can’t wait to wear it in the next games.”