El Paso Locomotive FC has signed Defender Niall Logue from USL League One side FC Tucson, pending league and federation approval, the club announced Thursday.
“Niall is a big signing for the club. He has a great soccer background, has the perfect characteristics to play in our backline, and is someone who lives and breathes the game,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry. “Many feel – and I happen to agree – that he was the top center back in USL League One this past season. He was top of passes completed for the whole league and is left-footed which gives great balance to our build-up play. He fits the mold of an El Paso Locomotive player; team first, desire to win, and an attitude to learn. We can’t wait to get him in with the group for 2021 and beyond.”
Logue, 25, joins Locomotive FC in the USL Championship after a successful year in USL League One with FC Tucson, where he made 16 appearances, all of which were starts. The Ireland native began his youth career in Derry, Ireland with Institute FC before beginning a collegiate career at Yavapai College in Arizona and Ohio State where he made 37 appearances and two goals.
His professional career began in 2018 where he made four appearances in the Ireland topflight with Derry City before going on a short loan with Finn Harps FC in League of Ireland First Division. In 2019, Logue signed with Finn Harps, making 17 appearances with one goal to help lift the team to a promotion to the Premier Division before joining FC Tucson.
“I’m ecstatic honestly. Really happy to finally get it all done and dusted,” shared Logue. “I’m super excited to get in, meet all the lads, get on with preseason, and start integrating myself into the team. Over the last two years, you’ve seen Locomotive be really successful so I’m just hoping to go in there and help continue that. I feel like the objective is to go and win everything and they’ve come close the last two years. 2021 is a big opportunity for us to take that extra step and hopefully, I can be a big part of that.”
Niall Logue now joins Coach Lowry’s world-class cast of returning players as the first new signing for the 2021 USL Championship season. El Paso Locomotive is currently working on additional player announcements for the 2021 season and will announce the renewals and new signings once they are confirmed.
El Paso Locomotive FC returns to action for its third season in the USL Championship in 2021 and fans can lock in their seats by going online or calling/texting 915-235-GOAL.