Jamaican forward Deshane Beckford has joined Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on loan for the 2020 season after previously competing in the Championship for Rio Grande Valley FC. | Photo courtesy Christian Inoferio / Rio Gande Valley FC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Wednesday the club had acquired Deshane Beckford on a season-long loan from Jamaican club Montego Bay United, pending league and federation approval and receipt of his P-1 visa.
“I'm grateful to be a part of the Switchbacks, the players and staff have been really positive,” said Beckford. “I'm excited for the upcoming season.”
Beckford began his career with Montego Bay United of the Red Stripe Premier League in his native Jamaica and scored three goals in 11 appearances in during the 2018/19 season. He spent 2019 and 2020 in the Championship with Rio Grande Valley FC after joining the Toros on loan in late 2019. In only 22 USL Championship games, he has recorded three goals and an assist.
The winger has previously competed for the Jamaica U-23 National Team, and saw action at the 2019 Pan American Games where he scored three goals in three matches for the Reggae Boyz. Beckford finished with a brace in a 2-1 victory over host country Peru.
“Deshane is a player that impressed us immensely during his performance with the Jamaican U23 team in the Pan American Games,” said Switchbacks Head Coach Brendan Burke. “His pace, soft feet, and nose for goal should add another weapon to our still evolving group of forwards.”