Kevin Cruz Quintana @the_kcq94
El Paso Tx. - The push for playoffs continues on tonight as Locomotive FC has one of their most important matchups of the season where is they win; they secure a playoff spot as they take on their Texas rival Austin Bold FC. The intensity is high as well as their expectations to qualify and represent El Paso in a big way!
Let’s break down what to expect for tonight.
With major ups and downs this season, the team has shown some great passion and hunger to succeed and the table really shows it. From being at the bottom of the table at one point to being tied for first in the western conference, it all comes down to tonight. Locomotive FC wants to secure a top 6 playoff spot and not have to worry about a wildcard contention and have to play an extra match to qualify. With a more complete and healthier squad the mentality and eagerness to win is evident and it shows day in and day out at practice and in the pitch every single match.
Locomotive FC currently sit in eighth place in the Western conference with three games remaining, one tonight against Austin Bold FC, the Second is also at home, next Tuesday against Portland Timbers II. This is a rescheduled match from the 3rd of August 2019, due to the tragic event that happened here in El Paso. The third and final regular season match will be an away match against LA Galaxy II out in California.
Austin Bold FC:
Austin is coming in with a heartbreak after losing one of their players by the name of Promise Isaac (31) who passed the 2nd October 2019. With that in mind and as well the difficult task to qualify for a playoff spot is crucial and is definitely going to take a toll on the team tonight. They are in the same position as Locomotive FC with 46 points, as if they get a win tonight, they are in. The last time they played in Austin the match ended in a draw (0-0) so that is more motivation for Austin Bold to come out with a win tonight.
The match has a lot going on and both teams will leave everything on pitch tonight. All these mixed emotions and feelings will surround and make an appearance on the field from both teams and it will be clear that this will be no easy task for either of the teams.
This game will be extra special not only for the fireworks display at the end of the match but also because since it’s the very first season in franchise history and qualifying for playoffs will make a big statement in the USL and for the city of El Paso. It will show that there are big things to come in the world of Soccer for the community. So, make sure you don’t miss out and if you can’t make the match it will be available through ESPN+ and ESPN3.