El Paso Locomotive FC will have 13 regular-season matches broadcast on El Paso – Las Cruces CW during its inaugural season. | Photo courtesy El Paso Locomotive FC
EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC announced on Tuesday that the club has reached an agreement with KVIA and the El Paso – Las Cruces CW to broadcast all weekend home matches during its inaugural season in the USL Championship.
The 12 Saturday and one Sunday Locomotive matches will air live on El Paso – Las Cruces CW channels 13 (Spectrum), 388 (Comcast), 8 (DirecTV), 17 (Dish), 19 (AT&T). The channel is also available to everyone in the El Paso and Las Cruces region on 7.2 over the air.
“For those unable to be at Southwest University Park for a weekend Locomotive match, this provides an opportunity to see your local professional team in action and to get to know Locomotive players who come to El Paso from 11 different countries,” said Locomotive President Alan Ledford. “We’re proud to be working with KVIA and El Paso – Las Cruces CW to make this possible.”
The two-man broadcast team will be comprised of Duke Keith, an esteemed member of the El Paso media scene for more than 30 years, and former University of Akron defender Michael Balogun. Keith has served in various roles across multiple organizations, including play-by-play for ESPN, the El Paso Patriots, El Paso Rhinos and UTEP Athletics. Balogun also played in the U.S. Youth National Team set-up and had stints with various professional clubs. The wealth of soccer knowledge and expertise they bring to the table is extraordinary.
“We are elated to partner with the Locomotive to provide viewers with a quality broadcast of all 12 Saturday and one Sunday home game this season,” said KVIA-TV General Manager Kevin Lovell. “If you can’t get to the games at Southwest University Park, they will be carried on the El Paso – Las Cruces CW. The CW network is available over-the-air and on all major cable and satellite outlets in the El Paso and Las Cruces TV market.”
This partnership will allow all fans in the Borderplex to experience a Locomotive match and get a glimpse of the gameday experience, beginning with the club’s inaugural home opener against OKC Energy FC on March 9. All Locomotive games – and all games across the USL Championship and USL League One – can also be viewed via the online streaming service ESPN+.
All times local
March 9: OKC Energy FC, 7:30 PM
March 23: Rio Grande Valley FC, 7:30 PM
March 30: Orange County SC, 7:30 PM
April 13: Phoenix Rising FC, 7:30 PM
April 27: Reno 1868 FC, 7:30 PM
May 12: New Mexico United, 6:00 PM
May 18: Sacramento Republic FC, 7:30 PM
June 8: LA Galaxy II, 7:30 PM
June 22: Las Vegas Lights FC, 7:30 PM
July 20: Real Monarchs SLC, 7:30 PM
August 3: Portland Timbers 2, 7:30 PM
August 17: Tacoma Defiance, 7:30 PM
September 21: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 7:30 PM