Arturo Diz Pe, T2 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks, 04.20.19
Craig Mitchelldyer / Portland Timbers 2

USL MATCH PREVIEW | Portland Timbers 2 at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | Aug. 7, 2019 - 6 PM PT

It's a busy Week 23 for T2, and it starts with a trip to face the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Weidner Field on Wednesday, Aug. 7; kickoff is at 6 p.m. (Pacific). In a quick turnaround, Portland returns home to play host to New Mexico United on Sunday at Providence Park (TICKETS, 6 p.m.).

2019 season at a glance
T2 (7-7-7, 28pts) sits in 11th place in the Western Conference standings, and rank tied for sixth in the league in goals scored (38). Portland is coming a postponed road match against El Paso Locomotive FC on August 3. With his goal in a 2-1 loss against LA Galaxy II on July 28, Dairon Asprilla leads the team with seven goals in seven appearances. Brayan Hurtado rank second in goals scored in the team with five, followed by Modou Jadama, Foster Langsdorf and Todd Wharton with four apiece. Eryk Williamson ranks tied for third in the USL Championship with 7 assists in 13 starts this campaign. Goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic has posted 19 saves and one shutout in five appearances this season.

Goals from all over
Thirteen different players have scored for T2 in 21 matches thus far during the 2019 USL Championship campaign. Dairon Asprilla leads the team with seven goals in just seven appearances, while Brayan Hurtado is second in the same category with five goals scored in 17 appearances. Foster Langsdorf, Modou Jadama and Todd Wharton rank tied for third on the club with four goals each, while Eryk Williamson and Ryan Sierakowski both rank tied for fifth on the club with three goals each. Timbers Academy forward Gio Calixtro and Marvin Loría have each scored two goals, while Nathan Smith, Zach Kobayashi, Cristian Ojeda and Roy Miller have scored one goal during the 2019. 

Road form
In 11 road matches to begin the 2019 season, T2 hold a record of 4-4-3 record. T2 rank tied for third in the league with four road wins this season, outscoring their opponents 23-20 in road matches. Additionally, Portland currently ranks first in goals scored on the road this season (23). Brayan Hurtado has scored four of his five goals in 2019 in road matches.

T2 2019 Team Leaders
Goals: Dairon Asprilla (7)
Assists: Eryk Williamson (7)
Chances Created: Todd Wharton (29)
Shutouts: Aljaz Ivacic, Jake Leeker (1)
Saves: Jake Leeker (39)

Scouting Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (6-14-2, 20pts) enter Wednesday’s match following a 1-0 away loss against Real Monarchs SLC at Zions Bank Stadium on August 2; their sixth loss in the last eight matches dating back to June 15. Colorado Springs holds a 5-6-0 record at home this season. Right back Jordan Burt leads the team in goals scored with five in 22 appearances, while Mike Seth and Ismaila Jome rank tied for first on the club in assists (3). Jome also leads the chances created column with 35 in 22 appearances. Goalkeeper Andre Rawls lead the team with 33 saves and five shutouts in 12 appearances.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC interim head coach: Wolde Harris 

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2019 Team Leaders

Goals: Jordan Burt (5)
Assists: Mike Seth, Ismaila Jome (3)
Chances Created: Ismaila Jome (35)
Shutouts: Andre Rawls (5)
Saves: Andre Rawls (33)