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Tacoma Defiance at El Paso Locomotive FC: live stream, game time, and lineups

Defiance visit West Texas for the first time in search of their first away win.

When they met at Cheney Stadium earlier this season, El Paso Locomotive FC and Tacoma Defiance were the juggernauts of passing in the USL Championship Western Conference. They were one and two in pass attempts per 90 and both near the top in passing accuracy. Since then the Defiance have dropped off the pace considerably while Locomotive have further asserted their dominance.

Locomotive’s passing stats are incredible — no Western Conference team is even close to them. They average 512 pass attempts/90, over 50 more than the second place team. If that pace holds they will attempt 1,700 more passes than any other team over the course of the season. They have also lapped the field in passing accuracy; their 86% completion percentage is 5% better than the five teams tied for second. For context, positions 2-13 in passing accuracy are separated by 5%. Regrettably for Locomotive, the game of soccer is about more than passing.

El Paso has recently gone tumbling down the table and fallen out of playoff position with an 8-game winless streak. Looking at this game a month ago, this would have been a match that El Paso could mark on the calendar as one where they might be able to get back on track. Unfortunately for Locomotive, they come to this spot on the calendar with the Defiance now ascendent. The Tacoma side have had their two best matches of the season in their last three. Their high press has coalesced and their finishing has climbed out of the pits.

This will be a match with fairly high stakes for this part of the season. Locomotive are desperate to end their dismal form and the Defiance are looking to keep their upward trend going.

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Keys to the Game

  • Don’t try to out-pass Locomotive
  • Turn Locomotive over within their first 2 passes
  • Don’t let Locomotive pull you out of shape

Lineups

How to Watch

Match date/time: Saturday, August 17, 2019 — 6:30 PM PT

Venue: Southwest University Park, Far West Texas, Rio Grande Watershed, Desierto Chihuahuense, North America

Streaming: ESPN+

Around Town: Doyle’s Public House in the Stadium District of Tacoma will show the game

How I'm watching

Outfit: A jersey in the parley variety of the Seattle Sounders catalog

Where: In the path of Ti’Swaq’’s Osceola Lahar

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