Kevin Cruz Quintana @the_kcq94
El Paso, TX – Locomotive fans and New Mexico United fans clashed this past Mothers’ Day here in El Paso to witness a historic match that will definitely be the talk of the week throughout the USL. A new rivalry in the western conference came forth and my what a show it was. Tension, frustration, and overall great excitement came from the crowd and the players alike, as they displayed one of the best matches so far.
Let’s break down what happened.
Locomotive FC ended up in a (2-2) draw, and now sit in second place in the Western Conference New Mexico United. It was definitely a match that no one wanted to miss. Both played very offensively and showed true determination to get into the box. With intense pressure and skill, Locomotive managed to open the scoreboard with a goal from none other than Jerome Keisewetter at the 36th minute with a beautiful assist from Calvin Rezende. With not much time to spare, and the ref about to blow the whistle for half time, New Mexico United came in and tied it at the 45th minute with a goal from Sam Hamilton to level the board.
The second half commenced, and it was nothing but pure excitement across the pitch as both teams continued to pressure each other in the final thirds of the box. It was clear neither team was done just yet. Locomotive FC’s Jerome Keisewetter put the team ahead once more with the first header goal of the season, and the assist was nothing but pure class from Sebastian Contreras with a cross into the box at the 65th minute.
From there, the pressure and tension continued to rise between these teams and they gave the crowd a true reason to seal the name “The Rio Grand Derby,” and make it the Border Rivalry this town wanted. There was an altercation on the pitch, which caused both teams to receive a red card and be left with ten men on the pitch.
One was for the Midfielder #24 Yuma, and the other was for New Mexico United’s Midfielder #11 Santiago Moar. When all seemed to settle down and the match continued on, New Mexico put in for the goal that would tie the match at the 79th minute by Ryan Williams. From there it sealed the match (2-2), giving each team a point at the end.
With this tie, Locomotive FC now sits in 13th place in the Western Conference, and will now focus their minds on their upcoming match on Wednesday May 15th against Forward Madison FC. This will be their first appearance in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The match will be streamed through ESPN+ and the Local CW network. Don’t miss out!