Welcome to the Classic Championship Game of the Day, where today we return to a game from the 2017 regular season between Western Conference foes Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Reno 1868 FC at Weidner Field.
The Switchbacks had entered their third season looking to claim a third consecutive trip to the postseason but had already seen some ups and downs over the opening third of the campaign. Victories against Real Monarchs SLC and FC Tulsa had been tempered by a three-game winless streak on the road that included back-to-back defeats as they returned to the more familiar confines of Weidner Field.
Colorado Springs had gotten off to a better start than Reno, however, and their first meeting of the season had provided some drama with the Switchbacks rallying late to earn a 2-2 draw at Greater Nevada Field that had kept 1868 FC winless five games into its inaugural season. That result, however, triggered a leap forward for Reno, which had subsequently reeled off three consecutive victories to make a move up the Western Conference, and had it full of confidence as it arrived for the rematch.
The scene is set, so sit back, relax and enjoy a classic clash from the Championship’s history.