Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC has signed goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky, a native of Denver who brings 102 appearances of experience to his new club. | Photo courtesy Ben Clemens / Charleston Battery
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Friday the club had signed goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Kuzminsky joins the Switchbacks having previously competed for fellow USL Championship club the Charleston Battery, where he made 102 appearances across the regular season and playoffs over two stints with the club. A native of Denver, Colo., Kuzminsky recorded 287 saves and 29 shutouts for the Battery in the league, while posting an overall save percentage of 67 percent.
“I'm very excited to be coming back to my home state and helping contribute to the success that this team has been achieving over the last few years,” said Kuzminsky. “I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone and working together to bring a trophy to the city.”
The 28-year-old joined the Battery originally in 2017 and made his debut the following season, going to record an individual single-season best 12 shutouts in 24 appearances and a goals-against average of 0.92. After two seasons as the Battery’s starter, Kuzminsky joined Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Haifa on loan in January 2020, before subsequently returning to the club midway through the pandemic-shortened season.
Kuzminsky holds the notable achievement of being only the second goalkeeper to score a goal in a USL Championship game, as he recorded a stoppage-time equalizer against Loudon United FC that earned the team a 1-1 draw on May 28.
“We are happy to be adding a goalkeeper with Joe's shot stopping ability, size, and 100 games in the league including playoff experiences to the group,” said Switchbacks General Manager and Head Coach Brendan Burke. “We expect Christian [Herrera] and Joe to compete and support each other at the position as we recognize as a group that we will have to be stronger defensively this year.”