Photo courtesy EP Locomotive
El Paso Locomotive (7-1-4, 25 points) earned a point on the road following a scoreless draw against New Mexico United on Saturday.
“It’s a difficult field to play on both teams,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry. “But the guys fought, they did well. We got a clean sheet away from home so there are a lot of positives to take.”
The Derby de Camino Real wasted little time reigniting the ongoing feud, as both El Paso Locomotive and New Mexico United battled out through the opening 45 minutes. United got off to a quick start, pressing the attack with dangerous crosses into the center, though the effort was not enough to get past Defender Mechack Jerome. Jerome made multiple clearances in the early stages to keep the scoring level while Locomotive began to shift the attack into its own favor. Forward Lucho Solignac and Midfielder Sebastian Velasquez led an aggressive attack through the end of the first half but were unable to break past the United defense to find an opening goal in the first half.
The chippy game continued to get heated as tensions rose with both sides creating dangerous opportunities but unable to break through the other’s defense. Ultimately the heated bout saw red as United’s Juan Guzmán was sent off with a second caution.
With the man advantage, El Paso Locomotive fought searching for the go-ahead goal, but the defensively packed United side was able to keep El Paso from finding the net to keep the game scoreless.
Midfielders Aaron Gomez and Chapa Herrera made their 50th appearances for the club across all competitions.
Up next, El Paso Locomotive stays on the road for a midweek match up against San Antonio FC. The match is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28 with kickoff from Toyota Field set for 6:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live digitally on ESPN+.
– Midfielder Chapa Herrera made his 50th club appearance across all competitions, appearing in the Starting XI before subbing out in the halftime break.
– Locomotive Youth Soccer Club player Joel Maldonado made an appearance on the bench tonight, shining a light on the early successes of the Locomotive Youth movement.
– Forward Aaron Gomez also made his 50th club appearance across all competitions, subbing into the match in the 85th minute.
Match: El Paso Locomotive at New Mexico United | Date: July 24, 2021 | Venue: Southwest University Park; El Paso, Texas
Weather: 82F and partly cloudy
Scoring Summary 1 2 F
El Paso Locomotive FC 0 0 0
New Mexico United 0 0 0
El Paso Locomotive FC (4-4-2): Logan Ketterer; Eder Borelli, Yuma, Mechack Jerome, Ricardo Zacarias, Chapa Herrera (Jose Aguinaga, 46’), Nick Ross, Diego Luna, Richie Ryan, Lucho Solignac (Jose Aguinaga, 85’), Sebastian Velasquez (Aaron Gomez, 85’)
Subs not used: Ben Beaury; Macca King, Matt Lewis, Joel Maldonado
New Mexico United (4-2-3-1): Alex Tambakis; Rashid Tetteh, Kalen Ryden, Daniel Bruce (Brian Brown, 76’), Josh Suggs, Juan Guzmán, Andrew Tinari (Michael Azira, 77’), Austin Yearwood, Isidro Martinez (Justin Schmidt, 85’), Sergio Rivas, Ilija Ilic (Devon Sandoval, 69’)
Subs not used: Philipp Beigl, Cristian Nava, Alex Touche
Stats Summary: ELP | NM
Shots: 8 | 7
Shots on Goal: 2 | 2
Saves: 2 | 2
Corner Kicks: 5 | 2
Fouls: 14 | 23
Offside: 3 | 0
NM – Juan Guzmán (Caution), 26’
NM – Juan Guzmán (2nd Caution, Ejection), 66’
ELP – Ricardo Zacarias (Caution), 75’
NM – Andrew Tinari (Caution), 83’
ELP – Yuma Monsalvez (Caution), 90’+4