Against the Switchbacks, Maloney showed that even the scoring touches that gave him so much advantage in college didn’t let him down. After playing over 6,000 minutes in the USL Championship, Colorado’s first goal against Springs led the team to its first Western conference title, and his first goal in the league.
“Honestly, I hadn’t scored a goal in a long time, and I didn’t even know how to celebrate, so I didn’t even know what to do,” he said. “But I was just happy and I just wanted to celebrate with everyone.
“That’s what Allen taught us, to make runs in the box, to recycle runs, and what I did when the ball landed at my feet. Luckily. Luckily, I was able to put it in.”
After surviving a disappointing penalty shootout loss to Orange County SC in last year’s Western Conference Finals, Maloney is eager for a chance to lift the league title on Sunday.
If his time in San Antonio so far is any indicator, he’ll be in the thick of the action if they do.
“It’s going to be very special for the city and the fans,” Maloney said. “But I know it won’t be easy. Louisville is a great team. They were there. They did it. They were there, they lost. They have a lot. It’s going to be difficult because we have a lot of experience and we have a lot of great players.