The El Paso Locomotive hope never again to have a match like the one Saturday against Tacoma that was played in honor and remembrance of the 22 victims of the Aug. 3 Walmart shooting.
Instead of a celebration of soccer at Southwest University Park, the 2-0 Locomotive victory was a celebration of the lives of those lost, and it gave the game a meaning that made it the most important game in the franchise’s brief existence.
“This is a game we didn’t know we were ever going to play, we certainly didn’t want to play under these circumstances, but this is going to be a defining game in this franchise’s history,” Locomotive general manager Andrew Forrest said of the game played in front of 6,222 fans. “This is an opportunity to come together, to heal, to escape for 90 minutes and to just be fans again and enjoy soccer.
“That’s what this game is all about and our players are going to put on a show tonight.”