Portland, Oregon The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC earned a 2-2 draw on the road against the Western Conference leaders on Saturday night in Portland.
Coming off of a 2-0 loss to Reno 1868 FC on April 13th, the Switchbacks were looking to get back on track in Portland where the team has previously had success. Within the first 20 minutes of the game, Shane Malcolm was taken down in the 18-yard-box to earn a penalty kick for the Switchbacks which Jordan Burt calmly converted into the bottom left corner to earn the 1-0 lead. The Switchbacks goalkeeper, Abraham Rodriguez, made himself big to come up with a crucial save in the 28th minute to preserve the Switchbacks lead going into the half.
Portland had the first opportunity of the second half just three minutes in as Jamal Jack was forced into making a headed clearance off the goal line before the rebound hit the post from Portland. The hosts found an equalizer in the 63rd minute when Foster Langsdorf finished off a cross from Nathan Smith. Portland had a chance to take the lead in the 72nd minute with a penalty kick of their own, but Rodriguez dove the correct way and made the save with a strong hand to keep the score level. In the 84th minute, the Switchbacks regained the lead as Jordan Schweitzer uncorked a powerful shot from nearly 30 yards out that beat Jake Leeker at his near post. But Portland would equalize again through Langsdorf two minutes later as the forward headed a cross off the post and in to leave the final score at 2-2.
The Switchbacks have a quick turnaround as the head to Oklahoma to play the Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Wednesday, April 24th. The Switchbacks return to Weidner Field on Saturday, May 4th to face El Paso Locomotive FC on bucket hat giveaway night to the first 1,000 fans in attendance, courtesy of Pikes Peak National Bank. Margaritas will also be available for only $3 all night long. Full 16oz beers will be available for $1 for the first 30 minutes after gates open at 5:00 PM. Tickets start at just $12 and are available HERE. For the price of a Switchbacks ticket and 2-5 beers, it is cheaper than buying 2-5 beers at a bar or restaurant.