Switchbacks FC ready to return: USL sets tenative date for season restart

Published: Jun. 4, 2020 at 2:05 PM MDT
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USL Championship games could be coming back to Colorado Springs.

On Thursday, the USL's Board of Governors voted to restart the 2020 season, with a provisional start date set for July 11. In a release, the league announced "information on competition format, scheduling, broadcast and other important details will be made available in the coming weeks."

"Everybody is chomping at the bit to figure out exactly what we're going to do and when we're going to do it," Alan Koch, head coach of Switchbacks FC said about the news Thursday. "We live through such challenging times for everybody. To get a little bit of news like this that's positive, is good news for us, for the city, for the club, sponsors, partners, and supporters."

The USL Championship has been on hold since March 12, when the league announced it would suspend play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In restarting play, the USL said games "will be conducted in strict alignment with all local and state public health guidelines."

Switchbacks FC players have been practicing in small groups of six recently, preparing for a possible return-to-play scenario. Koch said everyone involved in practices are wearing masks, and players are tested for symptoms daily before practice begins.

The Switchbacks only match of the 2020 season was a victory, when they defeated the OKC Energy 2-1 on March 7th. Koch expressed doubt the USL will be able to complete the normal 34 game schedule, but is nevertheless positive that the sport is (slowly) making its return.

"At this time, no matter what it is, if we get a chance to get back to work and go play, that's what you want to do." Koch said. "However that may look, I think it will be a huge positive to get these games back. I think it's something that's very very exciting for everybody."

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