Brooklyn Raines
Brooklyn Raines | Photo courtesy EP Locomotive

Locomotive sign Barca Academy standout Brooklyn Raines on USL Academy Contract

El Paso Locomotive FC announced Monday it has added midfielder Brooklyn Raines from the Barcelona Residency Academy as a USL Academy signing.

The transaction was completed prior to the USL Championship’s official roster freeze this past Friday.

“Brooklyn is a young player from the same Academy that helped develop Diego Luna,” commented Lowry. “It will be great for him to be in our environment for the remainder of the season so we can take a look at him up against our guys. He has a very bright future.”

Raines, 16, joins Locomotive FC as a USL Academy signing, which allows him to compete in the Championship while retaining college eligibility.

Raines joined the Barca Academy in 2018, making waves on his path to the professional ranks, earning call-ups with the USMNT U-15 team in 2019. Described as smart, confident, and tenacious, Raines is effective in possession in the defensive midfield while also being valuable in the attack.

Raines adds his name as the tenth player to the growing list of USL Academy signings. Since it’s inception in the summer of 2020, Locomotive Youth Soccer has signed Joel Maldonado, Jimmy Villagomez, Edwin Villareal, Felix Casas, Venancio Calderon, Diego Abarca, Diego Garcia, Bryan Salas, and Noe Coutinho.

Brooklyn Raines joins the El Paso Locomotive organization ahead of its contest on Wednesday night against Real Monarchs SLC. In honor of Noche de Locos, the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Noche de Locos Sugar Skull bandana. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. MT and gates open at 6:00 p.m. MT on September 29.

Tickets are available online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

Transaction: Locomotive signs Brooklyn Raines to a USL Academy contract from Barca Residency Academy.

Name: Brooklyn Raines  |   Position: Midfielder  |   Number: 40
Height: 5’8”   |   Weight: 140 lbs.   |    Hometown: Chicago, Illinois   |   Birthdate: March 11, 2005 (16)

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