The Front Range fracas: Switchbacks vs. Rapids


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The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Colorado Rapids have never played each other before and they won't play each other often, being in completely different leagues and levels of professional fútbol and all.

But the pair are guaranteed a match against each other on June 16 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, because the Switchbacks advanced into the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup with a lightning-delayed 1-0 victory over the Real Monarchs on Wednesday. (The Rapids enter the tournament in the fourth round.)

The winner of the tournament gets $250,000 and automatically qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League

But more important than that is beating Denver, because Denver is a smug effing place. Beating Denver is like watching a dog shit in your annoying neighbor's flowers. Beating Denver means our city's massive inferiority complex — often demonstrated when talking about restaurants, airports, concerts, sports, shopping, transit, anything — is finally assuaged, if only for a day. (That may not be true of you, and congrats on being so well-adjusted.)

As far as how the two teams are doing in their respective league play, the Switchbacks are tied for seventh place at 4-4 and one spot from a playoff berth, while the Rapids continue to kind of suck at 2-3-7, including a recent loss to the 2014 U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders.

A Switchbacks employee told the Indy that the Rapids would be handling all ticket requests, but we haven't found anything on their website and the team wasn't reached by phone. Please feel free to comment if you have any useful information.

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