Just when it seemed that all hope was lost and El Paso was gonna lose it’s first match of the season, Locomotive FC forward Leandro Carrijo scored a goal with seconds left to go in the match.
By scoring the goal, Carrijo ensured that the match with New Mexico United would end in a draw.
The Locomotives were down a goal because Devon Sandoval scored for New Mexico in the 57th minute of the match.
Locomotive FC Head Coach Mark Lowry was happy with the way his team played:
“We haven’t played a game in the first weeks. New Mexico has been playing with a Phoenix friendly and an RGV regular-season game. We’ve been sitting at home waiting around, so I thought the guys did a great job. The resilience and the toughness of the group was fantastic. They only had one chance to score, and they scored it. We had three or four chances, better opportunities in the final third, that on another day we probably score, and they go in and the game looks different.”
The Locomotives will have a bye week for its second week in USL Championship, returning to action on Saturday, May 22 at Southwest University Park against Rio Grande Valley FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. MT.