USL MATCH PREVIEW | Portland Timbers 2 vs. El Paso Locomotive FC | Oct. 15, 2019 - 6 PM PT

T2, Brayan Hurtado vs. El Paso Locomotive FC -- May 25, 2019

With two matches remaining on their regular-season schedule, T2 travel to face El Paso Locomotive FC at Southwest University Park on Tuesday, Oct. 15, before traveling to H-E-B Park to square off against Rio Grande Valley FC in the regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 18. Beginning at 6 p.m. (Pacific), the match against El Paso will be streamed live on ESPN+.

2019 season at a glance
T2 (10-14-8, 38pts) sit in 13th place in the Western Conference standings and rank fifth in the league in goals scored (63). Portland enters Tuesday’s match following a 4-3 loss to San Antonio FC at Providence Park on Oct. 11. Gio Calixtro scored his sixth goal of 2019, while Cristian Ojeda and Ryan Sierakowski tallied their fourth and eighth goals of the season, respectively. Todd Wharton, who has tallied five goals in 2019, is the only player on the roster to appear in all 32 regular-season matches. Brayan Hurtado and Foster Langsdorf rank tied for third on the team with seven goals. In 15 appearances in 2019, Jake Leeker leads the team with 51 saves and a 1.87 goals-against average.

Playoff Picture
Following a 4-3 loss to San Antonio FC in the regular-season home finale at Providence Park on Oct. 11, Portland (10-14-8, 38pts, -2GD) enters Week 33 action in 13th place in the Western Conference standings. T2 have a game in hand and trail San Antonio FC (10th, 44pts, +5GD) by six points with two matches remaining on their regular-season schedule.

Portland’s road form
In 15 road matches in 2019, T2 hold a 5-6-4 record. T2’s five road wins ranks tied for fifth in the Western Conference, while their 29 goals scored on the road ranks tied for third n the league with Nashville SC behind only Phoenix Rising FC (38). Ryan Sierakowski and Brayan Hurtado are tied for the team-lead with four goals scored on the road in 2019.

T2 against El Paso Locomotive FC
Tuesday’s match marks the second regular-season meeting all-time between T2 and El Paso Locomotive FC, with the two teams playing to a 1-1 draw at Providence Park earlier this year on May 25. Dairon Asprilla scored his fourth goal of the season, on loan from the Timbers, in the draw against Locomotive FC.

T2 2019 Team Leaders 
Goals: Dairon Asprilla (9)
Assists: Eryk Williamson (9)
Chances Created: Eryk Williamson (40)
Shutouts: Aljaz Ivacic, Jake Leeker (1)
Saves: Jake Leeker (51)

Scouting El Paso Locomotive FC
El Paso Locomotive FC (12-9-11, 47pts) enter Tuesday’s match following a 1-1 draw at home to Austin Bold FC on Oct. 10. El Paso holds a 7-4-5 record at home this season. Forward Jerome Kiesewetter leads the team in goals scored (12) in 14 appearances, while forward Omar Salgado ranks first on the club in assists (6). Sebastián Contreras leads the El Paso in chances created (46). Additionally, goalkeeper Logan Ketterer lead the team with 69 saves and 12 shutouts in 30 appearances.

El Paso Locomotive FC head coach: Mark Lowry

El Paso Locomotive FC Team Leaders
Goals: Jerome Kiesewetter (12)
Assists: Omar Salgado (6)
Chances Created: Sebastián Contreras (46)
Shutouts: Logan Ketterer (12)
Saves: Logan Ketterer (69)