EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC continue their March Homestand at Southwest University Park on Wednesday, March 15 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. MT. This match is the second of three consecutive home matches taking place during spring break, which concludes against Detroit City FC on Saturday, March 18.
Tickets for the match are available for purchase online at eplocomotivefc.com/tickets or within the El Paso Locomotive FC official mobile app.
HOW TO WATCH EL PASO LOCOMOTIVE FC vs COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2023 @ 7 P.M. MT – SOUTHWEST UNIVERSITY PARK
Broadcast Talent: Duke Keith (play-by-play), Colin Deaver (color analyst), Rachel Phillips (sideline)
All USL Championship regular season and playoff games will be available to stream on ESPN+ in 2023.
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The first 1,500 fans to enter Southwest University Park will receive a commemorative flag celebrating El Paso’s fifth season in the USL Championship. Gates open at 6 p.m. MT, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they can take home a piece of Locomotive history!
Out of all the opponents El Paso Locomotive has gone up against in its history, Colorado Springs Switchbacks is one of the most familiar. El Paso and Colorado Springs have faced each other 13 times in all competitions, seven of those at Southwest University Park. Locomotive lead the all-time record (6-1-6) and the last meeting between the two resulted in a loss for El Paso, the first time ever against the Switchbacks (1-4, Colorado Springs, Southwest University Park, 10/5/22).
At home, El Paso is 5-1-1 against Colorado Springs in all competitions.
EL PASO LOCOMOTIVE FC (10TH WESTERN CONFERENCE, 0-1-0, 0 PTS)
TWO GAMES FOR WEEK TWO – El Paso Locomotive face a quick and challenging turnaround in Week 2. First, El Paso welcome Colorado Springs Switchbacks to Southwest University Park on Wednesday, March 15. Following that, Locomotive close out the March Homestand on Saturday, March 18 against Detroit City FC, who will make their first ever trip to El Paso.
LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK – Following Saturday’s loss, El Paso will be looking for a positive result against Colorado Springs. Unlike the Switchbacks – who open their 2023 campaign in El Paso -, Locomotive have had an opportunity to see its squad play in official competition. Head Coach and Technical Director Brian Clarhaut will fine-tune pieces in the squad to ensure Locomotive not only continue to maintain control of the match (as it did against Sacramento) but also capitalize on scoring opportunities in the box.
LUCHO & PETAR – After being left out of the 18-man roster for Saturday’s season opener as a precaution, it’s likely that Luis “Lucho” Solignac and Petar Petrovic make an appearance for one of, or both, games in Week 2.
Lucho is clinical in front of goal for Los Locos, finishing as the club’s top scorer the past two seasons. Petrovic lit up the offense during pre-season, dribbling through players to create scoring opportunities for the team and himself. Should El Paso repeat its pitch dominance from Saturday and couple that with possible appearances from Lucho and Petrovic, the Switchbacks defense could certainly face an uphill battle.
DEBUTANTS – Four players made their Locomotive debuts on Saturday: goalkeeper Benny Diaz (played full match), defender Marc Navarro (played 66’), defender Bence Pavkovics (played full match) and midfielder Denys Kostyshyn (played 85’). 2023 additions yet to make their debuts: Petar Petrovic, Erik McCue, Luis Moreno, Javier Garcia.
COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS (8TH WESTERN CONFERENCE, 0-0-0, 0 PTS)
The Switchbacks open their 2023 campaign at Southwest University Park without starting midfielder Steven Echeverria (suspended one match for abusive language) and against a Locomotive side looking to bounce back following Saturday’s loss to Sacramento Republic.
Following the departure of Brendan Burke to Houston Dynamo FC of Major League Soccer, Stephen Hogan has stepped in his place to serve as the club’s General Manager & Head Coach, having previously served as Technical Director & Assistant Coach the past two seasons. Hogan had a busy offseason replacing key players who led the Switchbacks to third place in the 2022 regular season and a Western Conference Final appearance, where they lost to eventual Western Conference and USL Championship winners San Antonio FC.
Notable players who joined the squad include former All-League selections James Musa, Devon ‘‘Speedy’’ Williams and Romario Williams. Notable departures include the 2022 USL Championship Young Player of the Year Michee Ngalina (2022 – 14 goals, 9 assists), 2021 USL Championship MVP Hadji Barry (2022 – 16 goals, 9 assists) and 2022 All-League Second Team selection Cameron Lindley (2022 – 9 assists).
LO QUE ESTAN DICIENDO
Head Coach and Technical Director Brian Clarhaut on having two games in Week 2.
“As a coach, this is not an ideal situation, but we handle it. We have a clear match plan against [Colorado Springs Switchbacks] and we need to not overload the players both mentally and physically.”
Defender Marc Navarro on his Locomotive debut
“It was beautiful and to play a football match once again, I am very happy to be able to do that here and to help the team in any way I can. I loved the atmosphere, and the fans really supported us. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t give them the victory they wanted but I’m sure we’ll do so for them soon.
Midfielder Eric Calvillo on Colorado Springs Switchbacks opening their season in El Paso.
“It is an advantage for us but it’s going to be a big mentality game. I don’t see them changing much of what they’ve been doing these past couple of seasons so if we can be those aggressive players we saw last weekend and be organized from the back to the frontline, this match could go a different way.”
UP NEXT: Saturday, March 18 vs Detroit City FC. Kickoff 7:30 p.m. MT @ Southwest University Park. Purchase tickets here. Locomotive will host St. Paddy’s on the Pitch, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with all Locomotive fans, as well the first post-match fireworks show of 2023!
ON THE HORIZON: Saturday, March 25 at Louisville City FC. Kickoff 1 p.m. MT @ Lynn Family Stadium. Locomotive hit the road for their first away game of the 2023 season against the league runner-up and Eastern Conference champions, Louisville City FC.
The full 2023 match schedule can be found HERE. All USL Championship regular season and playoff games will be available to stream on ESPN+ in 2023. All Saturday home games will be simulcast on KTSM.com and Estrella TV 9.2.
All tickets for 2023, including Individual Match, Season Tickets and Pick Six Membership are on sale now and are available for purchase online at eplocomotivefc.com/tickets or within the official mobile app.
Fans who would like to secure full season tickets for the 2023 season can lock in their season ticket membership online by clicking HERE, calling (915) 235-GOAL or texting (915) 666-2005. You can also call (915) 235-GOAL for more information on Group Outings and Premium Suites. El Paso Locomotive FC does offer military discounts, which can be purchased HERE.
To check out the full 2023 promotional schedule, click HERE.
In need of gear to rep your Locomotive and El Paso pride year-round? Visit the official El Paso Locomotive FC Team Shop online HERE, in the team’s official mobile app or visit the physical retail store (1 Ballpark Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901) Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.