Tag Archives: Vercollone

Colorado soccer pros launch mental toughness training with Pro Performance

In 2015, Luke Vercollone, James Riley, and Jordan Burt combined forces to create a mental strengthening program called Pro Performance. This Current of Colorado video runs over 14 minutes with explanations from the three players, along with pictures and videos of Pro Performance mentors in action in Colorado. But the Pro Performance Web site includes even more content based […]

Switchbacks FC peaking through preseason

Switchbacks Stadium (Colorado Springs), Stermole Stadium (Golden) — Watch snatches of Switchbacks FC against the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, followed by footage from Switchbacks FC Media Day. Listen to veterans Luke Vercollone, Shintaro Harada, and Devala Gorrick talk about challenging college teams and preseason preparation.

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 […]

USL: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Charlotte Independence

Before 140 guys showed up for a two-day open tryout last year, Switchbacks FC didn’t have the FIFA minimum to start a game. Building from scratch, the Colorado Springs team matured with each passing game. For multiple weeks, they held the top of the USL table this side of the Mississippi. After fine-tuning the roster with individual loan deals for a handful […]

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 […]

USL playoff picture painted for Switchbacks FC

Sand Creek Stadium, September 19, 2015 — Los Dos left Colorado Springs with tres puntos on Saturday night, a 1-0 victory over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. Both teams are in the playoffs, and the Switchbacks will host Seattle Sounders FC II at Sand Creek Stadium on Friday night (7:00 p.m. kickoff). LA Galaxy II won’t know where they’ll […]

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 […]