EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The boys are back in town.
El Paso Locomotive FC (0-1-0, 0 points, West-10) renews its fiercest rivalry on Saturday by hosting New Mexico United (1-0-0, 3 points, West-3) at Southwest University Park (SWUP ). The game will serve as the 2022 home opener in downtown El Paso.
Locomotive is coming off a 3-1 loss at Sacramento last weekend in its regular season opener, a game in which it conceded three unanswered Republic FC goals. John Hutchinson, in his first year as El Paso head coach, knows how important it is for this club to continue to protect the SWUP stronghold.
“We know how important it is for the fans [to win at home]”, Hutchinson said. “But for us, we just have to focus on ourselves as a football team. If we can weed out those key mistakes and then keep pumping out what we want to post week after week, we’ll be fine.
Locomotive and United have faced each other 10 times in what have always been entertaining clashes. In 10 games during the regular season, neither team was able to really take the lead over the other with a shared 2-2-6 record. The last time the two sides met was last season in August when Matt Bahner silenced the home crowd at Isotopes Park with a late goal in 97and minute to earn a 1-1 draw.
El Paso’s 2022 roster is a mix of new and returning players, but even for those who haven’t experienced this on-court rivalry yet, they know its significance.
“It’s a huge game for the club and for the fans,” said Emmanuel Sonupé. “At the same time, it’s just another game of the season, and we have to focus on what we have to do this season. We can’t get too caught up in this. [home opener pageantry].”
Kickoff at Southwest University Park on Saturday is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. MT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and streamed on ESPN+.
El Paso Locomotive FC vs. New Mexico United – Sat. March 19, 2022
Location: Southwest University Park; El Paso, TX
Forecast: 76F and mostly sunny
Tickets: Click here
Look: ESPN Sports | Coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. MT
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