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Pappa scores stoppage time game-winner for Rapids

Photos by John Babiak Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — For weeks, Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni  has said this will be Marco Pappa’s best year, and the Guatemalan scored a 95th-minute game-winner to prove his coach’s point with a 1–0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night. Pappa replaced Dominique […]

Switchbacks finish first season with chess match nail-biter in OKC

Taft Stadium, Oklahoma City — Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC came from behind during overtime to equalize 2-2 and force the USL Western Conference semifinal at Taft Stadium to conclude with spot kicks. OKC Energy FC prevailed 4-3, thanks to two difficult saves from Evan Newton. Switchbacks head coach Steve Trittschuh said, “At 1-1 it was […]

Switchbacks retrospective, from the beginning

Alternate Base Camp for Switchbacks FC (CurrentOfColorado.com in Golden, Colorado) — On November 22, 2014, I showed up to cover the two-day open tryout for Switchbacks FC at the Pride Soccer Complex in eastern Colorado Springs. Since then, I’ve shown up in Grand Junction, Salt Lake City, Commerce City, and — after this weekend — Oklahoma […]

Switchbacks more than OK for USL semifinals

Sand Creek Stadium, September 25, 2015 — With Devala Gorrick’s ninth shutout and goals from Miguel Gonzalez and JJ Greer, Switchbacks FC beat Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Friday night, a 2-0 victory and a ticket to the USL West semifinals in Oklahoma City next Sunday. Listen to head coach Steve Trittschuh discuss his team’s return to Taft […]

Western Union Legends Game full of smiles

Video: View John Babiak’s pictures of the The Western Union Legends Game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night, and listen to Michael Shea’s group perform “Old Devil Moon.” Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, September 12, 2015 — The Western Union Legends Game after the D.C. United/Rapids 1-1 draw on Saturday night was light and entertaining. Fans […]

Switchbacks’ shutout keeps team on track to the top

Sand Creek Stadium, September 9, 2015 — Switchbacks FC head coach Steve Trittschuh wants to land the number one or number two spot in the USL Western Conference, and a convincing 3-0 win over the Austin Aztex at Sand Creek Stadium on Wednesday night keeps the summit in sight. With 45 points, Tritt’s team holds […]

September 12 double-header: Rapids/D.C. United AND Western Union Legends Game

Catch two games this Saturday when the Colorado Rapids host D.C. United at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (7:00 kickoff), followed by the Western Union Legends game featuring Ramón Ramírez, Terry Cooke, Claudio Suárez, Claudio López, Brian Mullan, Luis García, Luis Hernández, and Marcelo Balboa. Surrounding these stars, 20 players selected from a group of more […]

Colorado State Cup and Presidents Cup play-in games

Aurora Sports Park (August 29–30, 2015) — Kicking off the Colorado State Cup and Presidents Cup last Saturday, youth teams started the long march to championships. Both competitions run every weekend until the championship games on September 27 (State Cup at Aurora Sports Park and Presidents Cup at Long Lake Ranch and Stenger Soccer Complex). State Cup play-in results […]

Wednesday night convergence: Rapids-Independence-Switchbacks

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park/Rio Tinto Stadium/Stade Saputo (August 26, 2015) — A three-ring Venn Diagram on Wednesday night gave Colorado soccer fans three games to enjoy at roughly the same time. The Colorado Rapids beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and their USL affiliate from North Carolina won for the first time […]

Tulsa bunkers, counters for 1-0 win over Switchbacks FC

Video: Watch highlights from the Tulsa Roughnecks battle with Switchbacks FC at Sand Creek Stadium on Wednesday night, a 1-0 victory for Tulsa. The Switchbacks created waves of chances in the first half, but Sammy Ochoa (#9) scored for the visitors at the start of the second. Listen to Switchbacks head coach Steve Trittschuh discuss switching outside backs […]