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San Antonio FC will welcome Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC to Toyota Field on Wednesday night for the third match between the two clubs in just over two months.
Colorado Springs currently sits in the eighth and final playoff spot in the USL Western Conference, although the teams chasing them have more matches in hand, including SAFC with four. SAFC is just three points behind them, though they would have some work to do catching up in terms of wins and goal difference as well.
The two sides are also close in terms of recent form, both having won once, and drawn as well as lost two matches apiece in their last five. Both are also coming off of 4-2 wins at home, albeit to sides on opposite ends of the standings and had a player in the USL Team of the Week for their exploits.
SAFC has not won this fixture since their inaugural season in 2016. Three of the last four matches in all competitions between the two clubs have ended in 1-1 draws, including the two so far in 2018 and the last two at Toyota Field.
“Colorado (Springs), traditionally, have always been a very good, well-organized team,” said SAFC Head Coahc Darren Powell. “They work very hard so they’re very difficult to break down.”
Wednesday’s match is the USL Game of the Week and will be broadcast on ESPNU. To make up for various mishaps on July 4, SAFC will be having the Extra Time postgame party and fireworks after Wednesday’s match in addition to dollar drinks.
San Antonio FC
Record: 6-5-7 | Form: DLLDW | Previous match: 4-2 vs Real Monarchs SLC
Card Accumulation Warnings: Cesar Elizondo (4), Jose Escalante(4), Pecka(4), Diego Restrepo (4)
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Record: 8-10-4 | Form: DLDLW | Previous match: 4-2 vs Tulsa Roughneck FC
Card Accumulation Warnings: Jordan Schweitzer (4)
Two Ten Soccer Projected Starting XI: (4-2-3-1) Restrepo; King, Felix, McCarthy, Cochrane; Ward, Roushandel; Gordon, Elizondo, Murphy; Bruce
Jonathan Check: SAFC 2-1 Switchbacks FC
Larry Leathers: SAFC ?-? Switchbacks FC
Jose Mario Jimenez: SAFC 2-0 Switchbacks FC
Kyle Mahnke: SAFC 2-1 Switchbacks FC
How to watch: ESPNU, 8pm central time
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