Arizona United’s young season rolls on this afternoon at Colorado Springs. It’s too soon to begin to predict the Firebirds’ destiny for this year, but here’s a quick recap of what we’ve seen.
A season-opening loss at Los Dos was a tough pill, and in many ways felt like old times were back again. A more measured look reveals the immense talent possessed by LA, and I for one would pick a full-strength Galaxy II against half a dozen MLS teams any day of the week. This should give United fans a modicum of relief after what could otherwise be called a disastrous start.
On the road again in Seattle, arguably the least-organized club in the West, Arizona showed what it can do, flying up the wings, driving into the box, and jamming up the middle to prevent silly opportunities for the opponent. This game was, again, no way to measure the overall strength of United, but surely was helpful in showing what a Frank Yallop team could do.
At the fortress Bonney Field, United was again unable to get on the scoreboard, but did not break easily for the talented hosts in Sacramento. It is my opinion that Arizona matches the Republic very closely on paper, and the more cohesive unit in the field will have the upper hand in the next meeting this season.
We will learn a bit more today, as United plays visitor in the Switchbacks’ home opener. Colorado Springs beat OKC two weeks ago at Taft Stadium, exacting a small measure of revenge for Energy FC’s penalty-shootout playoff win last year. The Switchbacks’ stars of 2015, veteran captain Luke Vercollone, and second-year man Miguel Gonzalez, are back again, so this could be another strong year for Coach Steve Trittschuh’s side.