Switchbacks add veteran Phoenix Rising defender James Musa | Sports

It’s been less than a week since the USL Championship season ended, but the Colorado Springs Switchbacks already have their sights on the 2023 season.

Friday, the club announced it signed veteran defender James Musa who was previously with Phoenix Rising FC for the past four seasons, including a 2020 stint with MLS side Minnesota United.

“[I’m] very excited to be a part of the Switchbacks organization in 2023 and moving forward,” Musa said in a Switchbacks release. “We have lots to achieve!”

Musa had a 72.7% tackle success rate in 19 appearances with Phoenix in 2022 to go alongside 64 clearances and a goal. In 2021, Musa recorded 103 clearances, 56 interceptions and two goals in 32 games played.

Musa joins a Colorado Springs defense that was middle of the pack last season in goals conceded with 56.

Musa started his professional career in 2010 for Wellington Phoenix’s Under 21 team. He was named to New Zealand’s 18-man team in the 2012 summer Olympics.

“James [Musa] is a player we have liked for a long time,” Switchbacks head coach and general manager Brendan Burke said in a release. “He adds balance, size, technical ability and most importantly a winning background and mentality to our group. I am looking forward to continuing our pursuit of trophies next year with James.”

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