Wednesday afteroon, El Paso Locomotive won another preseason match in convincing fashion versus USL Championship side OKC Energy in Tucson.
The afternoon match was the second to last warmup match before the season starts on Friday, March 6th in Orange County. Despite the offensive outburst, Head Coach Mark Lowry was most impressed with his team’s defense and their shape.
“This game showcased more of our defensive identity that our fans are accustomed to. We were strong in the back and all over the field. Logan Ketterer did not face a single shot on target the entire first 90 minutes and that is how we like to play”.
Forward Marios Lomis of the Netherlands opened the game’s scoring after the first 20 minutes of buzzing pressure from Locomotive. He got his foot on the end of a ball in the box that was not cleared and put it away to have Locomotive go up 1-0.
In the second half, Frenchman Alexy Bosetti took in a cross from Omar Salgado to finish with his head and put the El Paso crew up 2-0 and comfortably in control at the end of the 90 minute session.
The teams played an extra 30 minutes and local product Omar Salgado made it 3-0 after using his superior speed and strength to blow past the center back and fire the ball into the back of the net. The match finished 3-0 for El Paso after 120 minutes of action in the Arizona sun.
Locomotive FC take on Phoenix Rising in their final preseason tuneup on Saturday, February 29th in Tucson in a closed door friendly.
Their next home game is the USL Championship home opener on March 14th at 7:30 p.m. vs Portland Timbers 2. Tickets to the first home match can be purchased at online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL.