Photo by Andres Acosta | El Paso Herald Post
Officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced Tuesday that Midfielders Diego Luna and Sebastian Velasquez will return as part of the core roster in the 2022 USL Championship season.
Luna, 18, joins for his second professional year after having a remarkable breakout rookie year in the 2021 season. Immediately making waves by finding nine goals and five assists in his first year with El Paso Locomotive, the overall creativity and confidence of the ball from Luna turned heads nationwide as the young player earned three USL Championship Team of the Week accolades before being named to the USL Championship All-League Second Team.
Luna was also named as a finalist for the Championship’s Young Player of the Year and capped off his incredible debut season with a U.S. Men’s Under-20 National Team call-up for the inaugural Revelations Cup where he scored a goal in just under 120 minutes of play.
Velasquez, 30, continues to bring his veteran presence to the attacking midfield for El Paso Locomotive FC. A member of the club’s inaugural team, Velasquez helped lift Locomotive’s offensive to aid the club to its first Western Conference Final appearance.
After playing abroad for the 2020 season, Velasquez returned to El Paso in June this year to bolster the attacking midfield once again with his creative play on the ball to create chances.
The Colombian midfielder scored two goals and had four assists for Locomotive in 2021 adding to his three goals and one assist from 2019.
El Paso Locomotive FC’s roster as it currently stands for the 2022 USL Championship season is below, listed alphabetically by position:
DEFENDERS (2): Andrew Fox, Niall Logue
MIDFIELDERS (4): Chapa Herrera, Diego Luna, Dylan Mares, Sebastian Velasquez
FORWARDS (1): Ricardo Zacarias
El Paso Locomotive FC will kick off its fourth campaign through the USL Championship in Spring 2022. Lock in your seats for the entire season by going online or by calling/texting 915-235-GOAL and continue to enjoy world-class Championship soccer at Southwest University Park.