Who got the job done and who did not?
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!
Kevin Cruz Quintana @The_kcq94
El Paso, TX — We have an amazing weekend for many, not only because it’s Easter Sunday, but because we have some away fútbol to look forward to. Locomotive FC has a very important match-up this coming weekend after coming off of a tough loss against the 2nd best USL team of 2018, Phoenix Rising FC. The team will be traveling to Austin, Texas to face Austin Bold FC who currently sits in 11th place in the USL Western Conference. We are excited and motivated to see what changes will be made by Mark Lowry to adapt to their upcoming rival, and what to expect for this upcoming match.
Let’s break it down.
Coming from a tough loss at home against Phoenix Rising, the team expected a way different result, and the stats of the match clearly showed how dominant they really were in all aspects. It was eminent that even from the missed opportunities and their miscommunication in the final 3rd of the field, they completely dominated the match. However, Phoenix Rising took the advantage on two errors in the defense. The first one came from Logan Ketterer, who accidently slipped while running toward the forward with the ball, which gave Junior Flemmings a clear goal in the 7th minute. Then, the second goal of the match came in the 77th minute.
Picking up from that tough loss they have been working at fixing those minor errors and setbacks, as well as making sure the 4 injured players that missed out on the last match are up and running, and fully ready as they head out for their away match.
Austin Bold FC:
Austin Bold is coming off a simple but beneficial 1-0 victory against Phoenix Rising FC which ended the Arizona team’s unbeaten streak this season. It put them up to 11th place in the Western Conference. Austin Bold now sits with two victories, one tie and two losses (2-1-2).
It will be an interesting match-up with Locomotive FC since both are brand new teams to the USL. It will be great to see how the coaches will interact and adjust to different styles of play.
Make sure to tune in to ESPN+ or the local CW network to watch this match, which will be on Easter Sunday April 21st at 3PM Mountain Time.
El Paso, TX– The final whistle blew, and Locomotive FC took their first win in franchise history, and to make things better, it just so happened to be at home. The fans jumped up and down with excitement and you could feel the crowd’s happiness in the air — it was amazing!
The 8th notch support group brought the crowd closer with their supporting chants, and even though it was a windy and fairly cold night, it was an amazing match up at Southwest University Park.
Let’s break down how the match turned out!
THE FIRST HALF:
The first whistle blew, and Locomotive FC and Orange County, SC started off quite fast paced from both sides, but it was clear who had more hunger to win yesterday. Locomotive FC’s attack was superb but fell short on all four shots on goals taken during the first half.
There were 5 corner kicks in the first fifteen minutes for the home team, so it was evident that the attack was showing out true potential. The defense didn’t hold back, stopping the majority of attempts headed to the goalkeeper Logan Ketterer. The only true shot on goal (that went in and would put Orange County, SC ahead) got deflected off the post, which shook the entire crowd and also caused the team to continue to focus and be more aware.
With a couple minutes left to the match, a cross ball intended for Derek Gebhard was sent across the pitch, and in his intent to get it, he suffered what seemed to be a hamstring injury. This forced a substitution at the 41st minute and in came Edson Partida, and man that would change the game completely! With little time left, the whistle blew and we headed into halftime.
THE SECOND HALF:
The second half commenced, and the crowd was anxious to see what changes would be made to the team coming in to the second half, if any, as well as the play tactics they would take going forward. Clearly it was shown that the head coach Mark Lowry had some positive and motivating things to say, because the team adjusted very well, having more control on the attack and not losing the ball with open opportunities.
Things did start heating up, though. Frustration started surfacing from both teams which caused a couple of yellow cards to appear. After regrouping, the earlier frustration didn’t stop the 21-year-old loan from Toluca to shine. At the 64th minute of the match, a cross ball to Salgado landed beautifully at his feet where he showed true skill taking on three defenders and taking a shot in the box. Goalkeeper Patrick McLain saved the first shot, but Edson Partida went for the rebound and comfortably put it in the box to make the score (1-0)!
With the team motivated and pumped up, the team took the advantage and continued on the attack. On the 88th minute with a beautiful assist from Sebastian Contreras to the far left, Edson Partida shot a rocket to McLain and sealed the second goal of the night putting up the home team (2-0)! With only a couple minutes left of the match, the team continued to move forward and showed they weren’t finished itching to score another one. Finally, the final whistle blew, and the crowd went insane knowing they finally had a win for the books!
Here are the highlights of the match:
Coach Mark Lowry commented on Edson’s performance after the match. He mentioned that he spoke with Partida during the week and saw the growth and development they had worked on be put into place that night.
It was a truly beautiful sight to see last night and there will be more to come. Make sure you don’t miss out on their upcoming home match against Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday April 13th at 7:30pm Mountain Time. You can catch the games for all USL matches on ESPN+ as well! Don’t miss out!