Switchbacks Stadium (Colorado Springs) — Now sixth in the top Bundesliga table, 1. FSV Mainz 05 is heading to Colorado for two games in July. The ancient German club will face Switchbacks FC in the F.R.E.E.D.O.M* Cup at Switchbacks Stadium on July 12, 2016. On July 13, Mainz will take on Mexico’s Leones Negros in the Colorado Cup at Cadet Stadium (United States Air Force Academy).
The two games highlight a series of events orchestrated by JJRose Holdings, LLC. Both Mainz games begin at 7:00, and each will be preceded by Colorado youth all-star games at 5:00 (U16–U18 girls at Switchbacks Stadium on Tuesday, and U16–U18 boys at USAFA on Wednesday). Leones Negros (also known as Club Universidad de Guadalajara), elevated to the top flight of Liga MX, but they were relegated in 2015 and now play in Ascenso MX.
Justin and Jason Rose run JJRose Holdings, the driving force behind the F.R.E.E.D.O.M. Cup and Colorado Cup events. Colorado-raised, Justin played with Wolde Harris at Clemson University and wants to showcase the top German style for Colorado fans. Following their mission through soccer, the Rose brothers hope their social enterprise reaches beyond the sport to promote healthy living.
* F.R.E.E.D.O.M. is: Fitness, Responsibility, Education, Experience, Determination, Opportunity, and Mindset.