New Switchbacks FC signing Ish Jome recorded a pair of assists in 19 appearances for Nashville SC last season. | Photo courtesy John Wilkinson III / Nashville SC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Monday it had signed versatile midfielder/defender Ismaila “Ish” Jome, pending league and federation.
“Ish is a big addition to the team. He is a technical and dynamic attacking defender and he has quality to get in the attack and ability to find the final pass,” said Switchbacks Head Coach Steve Trittschuh. “He has a lot of experience and will fit in perfectly with the way we play.”
Jome played for fellow USL Championship side Nashville SC in the 2018 season, recording two assists and eight key passes in 19 appearances after arriving at the club in midseason. Jome has played the role of a winger as well as a wing back during his professional career, which also saw him make 12 appearances for Minnesota United in Major League Soccer during the 2017 campaign.
“I'm happy to be joining the Switchbacks this season as it's an exciting franchise in the USL Championship in a great city,” said Jome. “I look forward to doing my best to help the team get back into the playoffs and compete for a championship.”
Prior to his professional career, the native of Gambia was a standout at UC-Santa Barbara, where he won the Big West Freshman of the Year award and recorded 56 appearances over three seasons collegiately. Jome also competed in USL League Two during that time, playing for the Ventura County Fusion and Portland Timbers U-23s before he signed for Minnesota prior to the 2016 season.