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Gallery+Story: El Paso Coyotes Top Fury 10-8 Friday Night

The El Paso Coyotes kept their playoff hopes alive in the Major Arena Soccer League with a solid victory over Ontario Friday night.

The Coyotes held off the Ontario Fury 10-8 to move them closer to reclaiming second place in the Southwest Division. El Paso is now 9-9 and in third place, behind the Soles de Sonora, 10-6.

The top two teams from each division — Southwest, Pacific, Eastern and Central — qualify for the playoffs. The undefeated Monterrey Flash, who are 16-0 and in first place, have already clinched a spot in the playoffs.

In Friday’s win, El Paso received strong play from midfielders Christian Gutierrez (three goals) and Hugo Puentes (two goals), both among the top scorers in the league with 26 goals each. Forward Daniel Frias also scored two goals.

The Coyotes now head to Sonora for a showdown against the Soles at 8 p.m. MST on Saturday, February 17. Sonora, meanwhile, will play three matches before taking on El Paso; with all the games can be viewed online at MASLtv on YouTube.

The Coyotes will return to El Paso for their final home game of the regular season at 5 p.m. Sunday, February 25, against the Kansas City Comets at the Coliseum (4100 E. Paisano.)

Tickets, which are buy one, get one free, cost $5, $10, $15 and $25, and are free for kids. They are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.

Gallery by Kevin Venegas, Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Coyotes halt Rio Grande Valley Barracudas 14-12

The El Paso Coyotes added another notch in the victory column, keeping their Major Arena Soccer League playoff hopes alive, as they  outlasted the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas 14-12 on Saturday night.

The Coyotes, who lost to the Tacoma Stars 10-7 in Washington on Friday, are now 8-9 and in third place, two games behind the Soles de Sonora, 10-6, in the Southwest Division.   Only two home games remain in the regular season for the Coyotes.

Monterrey, who is 15-0, has already clinched a place in the playoffs, while the 3-15 Barracudas have been eliminated. That leaves the Coyotes and Soles battling it out for the final playoff spot in the division.

The top two teams from each division — Southwest, Pacific, Eastern and Central — qualify for the playoffs.

During the weekend games, El Paso was led by midfielder Jorge Rios, and forwards Fernando Gatica and Daniel Frias with three goals apiece. Guiding the Barracudas were defender Ismael Pineda and forward Fernando Moreno with three goals each, while forward Nick Perera led the Stars with four goals.

The Coyotes now face the Ontario Fury (9-8, Pacific Division) at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Coliseum. Tickets, which are buy one, get one free, cost $5, $10, $15 and $25, and are free for kids. They are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.

Coyotes Top Turlock in 8-7 Overtime Win

The once-winless El Paso Coyotes continue to put the past behind and move forward, earning another victory in arena soccer.

After losing every game in their inaugural season in the Major Arena Soccer League last year, the Coyotes claimed their fourth win of this young season with a thrilling 8-7 overtime victory over the Turlock Express on Saturday at the El Paso County Coliseum.

El Paso is now 4-1 and is in second place in the Southwest Division, just one game behind the first-place Monterrey Flash. Turlock, meanwhile, dropped to 0-5 and remains in last place in the Pacific Division.

The win was once again highlighted by a true team effort by the Coyotes with seven different players scoring, including standout midfielder Christian Gutierrez with two goals, defender Diego Salas, midfielders Hugo Puentes, Arturo Vega and Alex Caceres, and forwards Daniel Frias and David Salas, adding one goal each to the count.

Puentes scored the winning shot at the 4:17 mark in the extra period. Turlock was led by midfielder Matthew Germain with two goals and one assist.

The Coyotes now hit the road for a rematch against the Express in Turlock (Ca.) on Friday, December 8, followed by a trip to Ontario (Ca.) to face the Fury on Sunday, December 10.

The Coyotes return home Thursday, Dec. 14, for a highly-anticipated matchup with top-ranked and undefeated Monterrey Flash.

Tickets, which cost $5, $10, $15 and $25, are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.

Photos by Steven Cottingham, Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

El Paso Coyotes Earn First Win in History of MASL at Coliseum

The El Paso Coyotes arena soccer team officially secured a spot in the history books, with the franchise’s first win in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL.)

The Coyotes opened the 2017-18 season in the MASL with a definitive 8-4 victory at home against the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas on Saturday night, at the El Paso County Coliseum.

The Coyotes were winless last year, their first season in the league.  El Paso was led by Christian Gutierrez with a sizzling four goals. The team drilled in the winning five goals in the final period.

The 1-0 Coyotes, under head coach Jose Luis Treviño, now take on the San Diego Sockers at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, November 2, at the Coliseum, located at 4100 East Paisano.  The home games also feature Max the Coyote mascot, the Coyote Girls, music, games, giveaways and more; with concession and souvenir stands open.

Tickets cost $10, $15 and $25, and are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.

Tryouts set for El Paso Coyotes Pro Arena Soccer Team

Do you have what it takes to play professional arena soccer? If so, the El Paso Coyotes are looking for you.

The Coyotes are giving area players a chance to join the team, as tryouts are scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 15, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 16, at the El Paso County Coliseum (4100 E. Paisano.)

The Coyotes compete in the Major Arena Soccer League, which was formed in 2014 by teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League.

The MASL represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The Coyotes’ 2017-18 season home opener is scheduled for October 28 at the Coliseum.

This will be the team’s second year in the MASL.

Participants must be at least 18 years old with a valid I.D. The registration fee is $30 and players must take their own gear. Potential candidates should register online.

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