February 1, 2023

Dec.1 – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks might be busier than Denver International Airport lately.

Wednesday Colorado Springs announced a major arrival and departure within hours. The Switchbacks confirmed the transfer of midfielder Cam Lindley to Indy Eleven and the acquisition of star forward Maalique Foster, who previously played for Sacramento Republic FC.

Lindley joined the Switchbacks ahead of the 2022 season but played an important role in the team’s run to the first Conference Finals. Lindley provided the most assists for the club last season with nine with forwards Michee Ngalina and Hadji Barry. His 99 chances created — key passes that led to one scoring opportunity — in the regular and postseason led the USL championship. He also scored two goals for Colorado Springs and played 34 games for the club, including 33 starts.

Alongside Barry, Lindley was called up to the league’s second team in November.

The reason for Lindley’s transfer is that the Native American wants to be closer to his family.

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“I want to thank the staff, the players and the front office for everything they have done for the group over the past year. I’m so grateful for all the support we’ve had from fans this year as well,” Lindley said in a press release. “2022 was a historic year for the club and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be a part of it. But it is important for me and my wife to raise our child in our family at home. Colorado Springs will always have a place in my heart.”

On the plus side for the switchbacks, Foster’s arrival means the club could face another awkwardness in their attack provided they retain some of the forwards from last season.

Foster led Sacramento Republic FC with eight goals last season, level on points with former teammate Rodrigo Lopez. He also recorded 16 key passes and had a 79.8% passing accuracy rate.

Foster came to Sacramento Republic ahead of the 2021 season, where an injury limited his production. Switchbacks head coach Brendan Burke sees a bright future for the 26-year-old Jamaican footballer.

“Maalique (Foster) is a player who has struggled at times with injuries but really blew up on the scene this year,” Burke told Switchbacks staff. “We look forward to watching him find the next level in Colorado Springs over the next few years.”

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