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Switchbacks add Dillon Clarke as USL Academy signing

By Staff, 03/31/23, 3:01PM EDT


Colorado Springs native joins club for 2023 season after competing for Pride Soccer locally

New Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC midfielder Dillon Clarke (left) is welcomed to the club by Head Coach Stephen Hogan after signing a USL Academy contract for the 2023 season.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Friday it had signed midfielder Dillon Clarke of Pride Soccer to a USL Academy contract for the 2023 USL Championship season.

As a USL Academy signing, Clarke can train and compete for the Switchbacks in the USL Championship and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup without forgoing his NCAA eligibility.

“Dillon is a great young person with the right attitude toward working hard to get what he wants in the game,” said Switchbacks Head Coach and General Manager Stephen Hogan. “His energy and ability with the ball in training has brought him to this point. Now we’ll enjoy the development phase of Dillon’s career and look forward to seeing him grow as a person in our locker room.”  

A native of Colorado Springs, Clarke has played soccer since he was three years old. The 16-year-old has competed for Pride Soccer since 2010, and he is eager to grow as an athlete with the Switchbacks this season.

“I just want to say how excited I am to have the opportunity to sign with the Switchbacks,” said Clarke on the signing. “This experience so far has been an unforgettable one. I would also like to thank my family for always supporting me, my Coach and trainer Johnny Oceguera with Prodigy Futbol Development for always pushing me, my teammates, who I wouldn’t be where I am today without, and Pride Soccer for providing the foundation for me to play.”

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