(ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico) There’s no place like home. After nearly two months away from Albuquerque, New Mexico United returned to Isotopes Park with a vengeance, handing rivals El Paso Locomotive FC at 3:1 loss, in front of 13,521 of the Black & Yellow faithful.
Just past the half way mark of the first half, United’s Ken Akamatsu drew a penalty, and Kevaughn Frater sent Locomotive FC Goalkeeper, Jermaine Fordah flying out of position. Frater tucked his attempt into the center of the net for the 1:0 first half lead.
In the 71st minute, Fordah bobbled a ball, and United’s Chris Wehan seized on the opportunity to put his side up 2. Less than five minutes later, Frater put on a footwork clinic and opened up a beautiful crossing opportunity. His ball floated perfectly for Wehan, who headed home his second of the night.
El Paso were able to put 4 shots on goal, but none of them truly tested United Goalkeeper Cody Mizell, who earned his 3rd clean sheet of the season.
Up Next: United are back in The Lab Saturday, for a rematch with fellow expansion side, Austin Bold FC.
NM: Frater, 38’(P), Wehan, 71’, 75”
NM: Madden, Yellow 86’
ELP: Herrera, Yellow 41’; Ryan, Yellow 49’, Beckie, Yellow 56’
NM: Shots: 12 Shots on Goal: 4 Saves: 4 Fouls: 17 Corner Kicks: 8 Offside:1
ELP: Shots: 11 Shots on Goal: 4 Saves: 1 Fouls: 10 Corner Kicks: 1 Offside:4