TUCSON, Arizona – El Paso Locomotive FC traveled to Tucson to face FC Cincinnati, in the club’s first match against an MLS squad.
The preseason friendly remained 0-0 at the half with possession evenly split amongst the clubs. Defender Drew Beckie netted a goal in the 62nd minute but the goal was retracted when it was called offside. FC Cincinnati scored in the 81st minute to bring the score to 0-1.
The match ended 0-1 but Locomotive FC held their own against the MLS side with the full roster getting minutes. New signing Marios Lomis made his Locomotive debut and joined Distel Zola, Fabrice Fokobo and Saeed Robinson as the new signees for the 2020 season.
“I thought the guys were phenomenal in the work they did defensively. Everything they worked on in the last two weeks they implemented today and in the second half, we actually started to control the game and create chances and dominated the ball a bit more. In really what was our first true test, true preseason game against good opposition, I thought the guys looked after themselves and did very well,” said head coach Mark Lowry.
Locomotive FC returns to El Paso to face USL rival San Antonio FC in their next preseason match on Friday, February 7th. The regular season kicks off at home on Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. against Portland Timbers 2 at Southwest University Park.