EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC exited the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the second round following a 2-0 defeat to USL League One side Union Omaha at Morrison Stadium on Wednesday night.
Locomotive started off well to begin the match, bringing the ball into the opposition’s half and applyingpressure on Omaha’s backline. However, Omaha would find its footing and begin to turn things around for themselves as the match progressed.
After an evenly contested first half, The Owls recorded the first goal of the match in the 58 th minute off a rebounded effort. A header inside the box would double Omaha’s lead over El Paso in the 75 th minute.
Head Coach and Technical Director Brian Clarhaut would make several changes throughout the second half in order to pull out a result. Amongst those changes were defender Finnley O’Brien and midfielder Luis “Lalito” Moreno, both making their official Locomotive debuts. O’Brien, 16, signed with Locomotive under a USL Academy contract last month, whereas Moreno, 17, joined the club in late February as the club’s youngest ever signing.
Unfortunately, El Paso’s attempts at goal were unable to find the net and Locomotive remain without a win in the storied tournament, now 0-3-0 against USL1 teams.
All focus for Clarhaut and Los Locos will now shift to Saturday, April 8 when El Paso welcome Orange County SC at Southwest University Park for the return of USL Championship league play. That match will be available to watch on ESPN+, KTSM.com and Estrella TV 9.2 with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MT.