On Saturday, El Paso Locomotive FC’s official mascot – Ozzy – was introduced at Tropical Smoothie Café.
According to club officials, Ozzy, a Mexican free-tailed bat, will be joining the coaches and players on the field and in the community, for the 2020 season.
“Ozzy stands well over 6 feet tall with purple wings and wears his hair in a purple mohawk between his yellow and purple striped ears,” officials shared during the unveiling. ” Always smiling, Ozzy is ready to meet all Locomotive fans!”
Head Coach Mark Lowry also commented on the new addition to the club, “Ozzy’s passion for the game is unlike anything I have seen before whether it be human or flying mammal! He is a natural fit for the team and for El Paso due to his insatiable love for the game and for the community. He is a welcome addition and one that will be a powerful unifying force for years to come.”
Officials added, “As a Mexican free-tailed bat, the official flying mammal of Texas, Ozzy loves flying around town. Ozzy plans to visit everywhere in the community; schools, hospitals, youth soccer games and of course, at every Locomotive home match.”
Anyone interested in inviting Ozzy to their next event may do so via the online request form.
From the time he was a young pup nested high in the caves of the Franklin Mountains that dominate the landscape, Ozzy had two loves; the city of El Paso and soccer. His fondest memories were of the sights and sounds of the countless soccer matches that filled the warm El Paso summer nights when he and his colony swooped from their homes into the valley below.
Ozzy heard people call the game many things, football, futbol, and soccer; whatever it was called he knew it was a part of him. The lights, the drums, the cheers, the fans, the action, it all drew him in. His love of the game kept him returning night after night, and season after season. He watched on from above the fields, hanging from the lights or trees that surrounded the pitch, trying to get the best view of poetry in motion below.
As time chugged down the track, he began hearing whispers that something big was coming to his city in 2019.
Was his dream finally coming true? Was professional soccer coming home to El Paso?
Ozzy couldn’t contain his excitement. He flew as fast as his wings would allow until he reached his destination, the home of El Paso Locomotive FC, Southwest University Park.
Thundering energy and power pulsed from the train tracks that veined beneath the stadium, the hum of the lights painted the pitch in white, and at that moment, Ozzy knew he was home. Soccer was his love, and the stadium was his heart.
Ozzy was the model fan, full of energy and devotion for his city’s team. His admiration did not go unnoticed and Ozzy was offered the chance of a lifetime; becoming El Paso Locomotive FC’s official mascot.
Ozzy only has one responsibility; to share his passion everywhere he goes for his city and his team.
Fans can come see Ozzy at the Locos first home match on Saturday, March 14th; Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL.
Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post