Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced Monday that the club had loaned Philip Mayaka, Sebastian Anderson, Abraham Rodriguez, Matt Hundley and Michael Edwards from the Colorado Rapids pending USL Championship, MLS and US Soccer Federation approval.
Pursuant to the recall right included in the loan agreement, the Rapids reserve the right to recall players at any time during the regular MLS season, subject to the MLS rostering guidelines.
“We are delighted to bring so much quality to our team with this announcement,” said Switchbacks coach Brendan Burke. “We are in a good place so far with our preparations for the preseason and these five players will certainly help to improve the training environment. Our staff are very much looking forward to working with Sebastian, Michael, Matt, Philip and Abe.”
Philip Mayaka was voted third overall by Clemson in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. In 2019 he was named ACC Newcomer of the Year and was a semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best college soccer players for men and women. The Nairobi native of Kenya was a key part of Clemson’s 2020 ACC championship team.
Sebastian Anderson came through the Rapids Academy and signed a deal with the Rapids in April 2019 to become the latest addition in Rapids history. At 16, Anderson was the youngest player to make his debut for the club, and he was also the youngest player to score in the MLS for Colorado. The native Colorado American played six MLS games and four USL championship games in his young career.
Abraham Rodriguez joins the Switchbacks after appearing in 21 USL championship games in the past two years. The native Rapids player made his Switchbacks debut against Phoenix Rising on March 30, 2019. In that match, Rodriguez scored eleven saves, including a penalty, on his way to USL Championship Player of the Week and the second youngest player to receive the award. The 18-year-old from Thornton was also recognized as one of the 20 U20s in the USL Championship in 2019.
Matt Hundley is back for his second stint with the Switchbacks after being loaned to the club in 2019 to play 29 games and score one goal. The Littleton native spent the 2020 season on loan to Memphis 901 FC in the USL Championship, scoring two goals in 10 games. Hundley was the Rapids Academy’s 10th product to sign its own contract with the Rapids in January 2019.
Michael Edwards joined the Rapids earlier this month from Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg after Colorado was given its own priority by DC United. The 20-year-old central defender played 14 games for Wolfsburg’s U-19 national team before being promoted to Wolfsburg II in the Regionalliga Nord, Germany’s fourth division, in July 2019. Edwards played 17 games for the reserve side, all starts and trained with Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga squad during his time at the club.