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Former Colorado club players Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado), and Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush) have become regulars at the top of the USWNT talent pool. Photo by John Babiak.

Hinkle, Pugh, Horan prep for USWNT-Japan rematch

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — During the pre-training press conference at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday afternoon, USWNT head coach Jill Ellis explained how it was premature to say if local midfielder Lindsey Horan would be among the final 18 for the match against Japan at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Thursday night (7:00 p.m. kickoff, MT). […]

Strength at altitude: Don’t foul

Foothills Sports Arena — With three inches of snow outside, the Colorado Rapids worked inside the Foothills Sports Arena on Friday to prepare for their east-coast trip against D.C. United on Sunday (3:00 kickoff, MT). The Burgundy Boys loaded up on hemoglobin, more oxygen carry-on baggage to sneak into RFK. Colorado’s players might gain an edge when they drop in […]

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 […]

The Mines men's and women's teams are RMAC champions. Photo by John Babiak.

What makes a team tick like a clock, not a bomb?

In 2015, Current of Colorado published 176 articles about boys, girls, amateurs, professionals, and international players at the highest level. I drove 28,525 miles to work 16 stadiums and 17 soccer complexes from Virginia Beach to Olympia, Washington, from Louisville, Kentucky to Casa Grande, Arizona and Boise, Idaho. Lessons in tactics and technique filled my […]

Switchbacks FC Open Tryouts for 2016

Pride Soccer Complex, Colorado Springs — Day One of the Switchbacks FC open tryouts on Saturday operated at a higher level than the inaugural tryouts a year ago. Instead of 140 guys, head coach Steve Trittschuh had his staff of coaches evaluate 60 top-notch players on the first day of tryouts. The talent level was higher […]

Long road to 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begins

For amateur teams, qualification for the  2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup started last week across the country, and four Colorado teams jump into the tournament this weekend. Colorado Rovers and Harpo’s FC (featured in video) will play on Saturday at 4:30 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Field #8). FC Boulder hosts Colorado Rush at 3:00 […]

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 […]