EDINBURG, Texas (Friday, May 21, 2021) – For the first road trip of the 2021 campaign, Rio Grande Valley FC (3-0-0, 9 pts.) will visit El Paso Locomotive FC (0-0-1, 1 pts.) on Saturday, May 22. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CST and will be live on ESPN+.
Last time both sides met was back in 2020 after the postponing of the regular season. RGV FC fell 1-0 to El Paso on the road, putting an all-time record between both squads to a 1-1-1. As a visitor the Toros have not been able to earn three points at Southwest University Park, yet.
RGV FC: For the first time in club history, the Toros have kept an undefeated record at a start of a season. RGV FC earned a 2-1 win over San Antonio FC on Sunday night, extending their winning streak to three. Tyler Deric was able to keep two consecutive clean sheets but conceded a goal by Santiago Patiño in the second half on Sunday. With the win, the Toros rank first in the Mountain Division – second team to have yet to tie or earn a loss, aside from Tampa Bay Rowdies (3-0-0). In addition, Rodrigo Lopez continues to be key in the Toros midfield as he has created nine chances throughout the three matches.
ELP: The Locomotive have played one match thus far that ended in a 1-1 draw against New Mexico United. Aaron Gomez leads the offensive efforts for El Paso with three total shots and an assist that resulted in a Leandro Carrijo goal. Defensively, Mechack Jerome leads with five clearances, two interceptions and one block and tackle. Logan Ketterer has totaled one save while having faced two shots, giving him a 50% save success rate. With Ketterer now on loan with Portland Timbers (MLS), the Locomotive will need to make adjustments at goal going into Saturday’s match.
RGV FC at El Paso Locomotive FC
Southwest University Park – El Paso, Texas
Saturday, May 22 – 8:30 p.m. CST
# PARA EL VALLE #