December 22, 2017 - United Soccer League (USL) - Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Colorado Springs, CO - The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC officially announced today Jordan Burt, Pascal Eboussi, Taeseong Kim, Moise Pouaty, Toby Uzo, and Luke Vercollone, all return to the Switchbacks for the 2018 season in addition to Marty Maybin who returns to the club after spending the 2017 season away. All signings are pending USL and USSF approval.
Burt, a member of the Switchback's inaugural 2015 season, arguably had his best season despite an injury that kept him sidelined for nearly three months. Burt finished second on the team with 8 goals scored providing support in the attack in addition to his defensive duties. Burt made two USL Team of the Week appearances during the 2017 campaign, having scored twice in both weeks he was named to the Team of the Week.
Eboussi returns to the Switchbacks after his first season with the club during the 2017 campaign. Despite a learning curve at the beginning of the season, Eboussi fought his way back into the lineup as he began to learn the American game from his native country of Cameroon. Eboussi came on as a late sub to score the game-tying goal in Sacramento in stoppage time to earn a spot on the USL Team of the Week. He also scored in a home loss to Swope Park Rangers late in the season.
Kim returns to the Switchbacks for his third season with the club. Kim has quietly put together two successful seasons for the Switchbacks including making his first USL Team of the Week appearance last season.
Maybin, a member of the Switchbacks inaugural 2015 squad, returns to the Switchbacks after spending the 2017 season away. Maybin was a clinical goal scorer for the Switchbacks during the 2016 campaign that saw him finish second on the team with 7 goals adding one assist in 29 games played.
Pouaty returns to the Switchbacks after his first season with the club in 2017. After returning from time with the Cameroon National Team, Pouaty assumed the starting role between the sticks. Playing and starting in 26 matches, Pouaty led the Western Conference and set a new club record with 97 saves finishing second to FC Cincinnati's Mitch Hildebrandt for the league lead with 105 saves in 32 games played. Pouaty also earned a spot on the USL Team of the Week after saving two penalties in a 4-1 victory over Timbers 2 at Weidner Field.
Uzo, the PDL's #9 prospect, also returns for the 2018 season. Uzo made 6 appearances for the club after being signed in late August. He added one assist to his tally in a loss to Swope Park Rangers at home. Uzo trained with the Switchbacks early last season before joining Myrtle Beach. Uzo played 1,032 minutes in 14 games, tallying 13 goals and adding three assists before joining the club.
Vercollone, the original Switchback returns for his fourth season with the club. Vercollone became the first player to reach 100 games played in the USL during the Switchbacks 2015 season opener. Vercollone was named tot he 2015 First Team All-League team and was a finalist for the league MVP. Vercollone holds the club record for goals in a season (14), assists in a season (9) and holds the all-time goal scoring record (22).
The Switchbacks will be announcing additional returning players as well as new signings in the comming weeks. Stay up-to-date with the latest signings on the official player tracker here.
The Switchbacks will kick their 2018 USL campaign the weekend of March 16. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.