Colorado’s newest football team will make its first game on Wednesday against the hottest, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC will play their first competitive match in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Hail Hail has played three friendly matches – including one in a closed area against the Switchbacks – in the seven weeks to open their first season.
Northern Colorado FC will soon open the game at USL League One, launched in 2019. The Switchbacks play in the USL Championship, the top three leagues in the USL. In the list of football teams in the United States, the USL Championship is second in Major League Soccer.
Colorado Springs FC have dominated their league so far this season, starting the franchise – the best 4-0 and conceding just two goals in four games while scoring seven points. A combination of five points is the best at the USL Championship Western Conference, where the Switchbacks are tied on 12 points with San Diego Loyal (4-1).
A hot start for the Switchbacks helped the club win the title on Tuesday, with midfielder Michee Ngalina selected for the USL Championship team this week. Ngalina scored and added a brace in the 2-1 win over Miami FC on Saturday. He also won 31 of 37.
Matt Mahoney was named Bench of the Week Team with 53 passes and 6-of-6 duels.
The non-Saturday match will be part of the Open Cup, which is in its 107th edition. The one-off tournament is the oldest football tournament in the country.
Hailstorm, who will be playing their home games at various venues in the short term, will eventually move to the 6,500-seat TickerSmarter Stadium which will be part of the Future Legends Complex in Windsor. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
The same complex will host Northern Colorado Owlz, which will start this year and play baseball in the Pioneer League and Rocky Mountain Vibes.