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Matchday Preview: El Paso Locomotive FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 10/12/21, 9:22AM EDT

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Top-three clash in Mountain Division could see Locomotive FC close in on division title


El Paso Locomotive FC and Colorado Springs Switchbacks meet on Wednesday night with the winner set to claim the season series after three prior draws between the clubs this campaign. | Photo courtesy Ivan Pierre Aguirre / El Paso Locomotive FC

EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC plays host to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Wednesday night at Southwest University Park for the opening game of two this week for both clubs as El Paso tries to close in on clinching the USL Championship’s Mountain Division crowd with a win against a Switchbacks side it has yet to defeat this campaign. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.

@EPLocomotiveFC (15-2-10, 55pts) got a goal and assist from Josue Aaron Gomez on Saturday night as the side took a 2-1 victory on the road against FC Tulsa to clinch a place in the 2021 USL Championship Playoffs with five games to play. Gomez scored the opening goal and then provided a picture-perfect assist for Luis Solignac to add a second and his team-leading eighth of the season. Locomotive FC is now two victories away from clinching the division title as it tries to extend a home undefeated streak that currently sits at 22 games. The side itself is undefeated in its last eight games overall, but is seven points back of Phoenix Rising FC for the best record in the Championship while having played one game fewer due to its 10 draws this season. Three of those have come against the Switchbacks, including a 1-1 result when the sides last played on October 2nd as a late own goal by the visitors let points slip away, a result it will be looking to put right this time around.

@SwitchbacksFC (12-7-9, 45pts) heads to El Paso after a disappointing 0-0 draw on Friday night against last-placed Real Monarchs SLC in which the side didn’t show enough of the attacking punch that has been its trademark this season. The visitors recorded only three shots on target out of 12 shots overall as leading scorer Hadji Barry remained on 24 goals this season. The Guinean forward still sits one goal behind Cameron Lancaster’s single-season Championship record of 25 goals in a campaign from 2018 with four games to go in the campaign but did find the net the last time Colorado Springs visited El Paso on June 12 as he scored a second-half equalizer from the penalty spot at Southwest University Park. With a two-point gap to make up second-placed San Antonio FC in the standings, the Switchback will be hoping to spring a road upset and bring Locomotive FC’s two streaks to an end.

FiveThirtyEight.com Match Predictor: El Paso Locomotive FC 47%, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 27%, Draw 26%

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El Paso Locomotive FC (4-2-3-1): Logan Ketterer; Ricardo Zacarias, Macauley King, Cole Turner, Eder Borelli; Nick Ross, Chapa Herrera; Luis Solignac, Diego Luna, Dylan Mares; Josue Aaron Gomez

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (3-1-4-2): Sean Melvin; Michael Edwards, Jimmy Ockford, Matt Mahoney; Beverly Makangila; Sebastian Anderson, Juan Francisco Torres, Andre Lewis, Triston Hodge; Hadji Barry, Yaya Toure

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