Kevin Cruz Quintana @The_kcq94
El Paso, TX – Locomotive had a rather interesting match up yesterday afternoon against Austin Bold FC as they tied, and received just one point against the second out of four Texas teams that make up Copa Tejas.
Let’s break down what happened:
The team flew out to Austin with an almost complete roster, and very concentrated on the target of winning the match which would have marked their first win away from home. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen but good thing they didn’t leave with a loss, and at least received a crucial point that could be a game changer later on in the season.
The starting XI:
The starting eleven of the matches, it seemed evident that the team looked to play more in the midfield and create open opportunities for Jerome Keisewetter in the final third of the field. Once again, they had Yuma in the back offense instead of having him in contention in the midfield. They had Derek Gebhard in the middle, which seemed to protect him from a bit since he is coming back from injury. Locomotive had a total of 7 shots on, and only two were on target. With that, there was a goal from Jerome that was counted out as offsides which could have put up the El Paso team early on in the match. Austin Bold had a clear advantage getting into the box in the first half with a lot of pressure in the back. There were several ref calls, and there was a card shown to Chiro N’Toko in the 44th minute.
In the second half of the match there were two more yellow cards shown. One for Amobi Okugo from Austin Bold, and James Kiffe from Locomotive FC. Locomotive once again had the highest amount of possession of the ball and took most advantage of their opportunities, but are still having trouble finding the net in chances that it can be solidified during the match.
Even with the point they received yesterday, they now sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with only six points right under Sounders FC II, who also have six points. We will see if they can come back home this upcoming Saturday against Reno 1868 and get the win. That will definitely be needed in order to continue growing and getting better this season.
Tickets are still available at www.eplocomotivefc.com/ticket or you can call (915)-235-GOAL for more information. Make sure you don’t miss out on this upcoming match which can also be seen by the local CW network and streamed through ESPN+. Don’t miss out!