El Paso Locomotive FC will finally resume their regular season on Saturday night when they host RGV FC Toros at Southwest University Park. The Locos are coming out of an opening draw of the season against their biggest rival, New Mexico United (1-1).
Before, Leandro carrijo came in as a late substitute and managed to score a batter-style equalizer to give El Paso their first point of the season for the draw.
What caught my attention almost as much as his dramatic lens were the comments he made regarding Locomotive fans during the post-match press conference. After being asked what it was like to have Southwest University Park filled to 70% of its capacity with fans, Carrijo spoke eloquently in acknowledging Locos’ fan base.
Carrijo commented: “For us players it’s important to get the result, but just as important to have our fans there. We must show them our fight and our best efforts, because they are making efforts and sacrifices to come forward and support us. We have to fight for our team, our fans and our families. Having their presence in the stadium is very important to us.
The El Paso forward, with the comments, showed appreciation and consideration for the fans that other local sports teams haven’t heard enough about in this town. Carrijo has shown once again, as he has done for 6 years, his affinity for the people of Borderland since his arrival here in 2015 as a forward for FC Juarez.
The Locos’ second game of the season on Saturday night is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. MST and will be televised on the CW locally and on ESPN + nationally.