On Thursday, El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced the signing of local talent, midfielder Guillermo “Memo” Diaz.
Diaz was born and raised in Gadsden, New Mexico and played his youth soccer career in El Paso. He attended Gadsden High School, and while playing for the Panthers, was named the 2013-14 Gatorade New Mexico Boys Soccer Player of the Year after scoring 73 points off 27 goals and 19 assists.
“When I got into the office and was offered a contract I felt very thankful to the club and to coach Mark Lowry for giving me this amazing opportunity,” said Diaz. “Getting to play for the professional team in your hometown is every kid’s dream.”
Diaz attended Yavapai Junior College in Arizona where he was a member of the highly competitive Roughriders soccer team. He was an NSCAA and NJCAA All-Region selection and helped the Roughriders to a top-five national finish.
Diaz then transferred to UNLV for his final two years of eligibility for the 2016 and 2017 season. In the 2016 season, Diaz started in 22 matches and was fifth in scoring for the UNLV Rebels. Diaz also spent time in the National Pro Soccer League with Laredo Heat, where he piqued the interest of the Locomotive coaching staff.
He received an offer to participate in the invitational tryout and was extended an opportunity to train with the team during preseason. Diaz impressed the coaching staff during training and in matches during the preseason schedule.
Diaz is now the second trialist to receive an offer in preseason along with English goalkeeper Jermaine Fordah. He is the third local player to make the Locomotive squad, joining forward Omar Salgado and midfielder Louis “Chapa” Herrera.
The historic inaugural home opener takes place on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL
El Paso Locomotive FC and FC Juarez competed in a friendly match yesterday at Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez.
The match served as a test for both sides, with El Paso Locomotive inching closer to the start of their historic inaugural season and the Bravos fielding a team of U-23 and first team players.
From the moments before the match started to the final whistle, a sense of unity and connection hung heavy in the stadium.
High-possession and creativity in their passing led to the first goal of the match for El Paso Locomotive FC. Left-back James Kiffe netted a goal in the 24th minute after receiving a pinpoint pass from midfielder Calvin Rezende.
The Bravos tied the match in the 37th minute with a shot by Aaron Gomez to bring score level going into half time. After a foul on the edge of the box, center midfielder Sebastian Contreras stepped up to take a free kick in the 66th minute. Contreras placed it just over the wall and tucked it neatly underneath the crossbar to put Locomotive up 1.
El Paso was able to hold onto the lead through heavy possession and the ability to play the ball out of the back. Contreras stepped up once again in the 80th minute with a cross into the box that resulted in a thundering header from forward Omar Salgado into the back of the net.
After the final whistle, the score was El Paso Locomotive FC 3 and FC Juarez 1.
“This game was exactly what we wanted and expected from a Mark Lowry coached team, heavy possession and passing with a purpose,” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest. “To see the maturation of the team to reflect Mark’s style is incredible in just a few short weeks. Mark was not lying when he said we would play entertaining, possession-based football and to see it on full display was encouraging and something fans will not want to miss out on March 9th at Southwest University Park.”
El Paso Locomotive FC is currently 4-1 in their preseason run and still have three matches left before they kick off their inaugural USL Championship season on March 9th.
This Saturday they will face FC Grande (closed to the public), before wrapping up their preseason schedule with two away matches, against San Antonio FC and OKC Energy FC in Tucson, Arizona.
The historic inaugural home opener takes place on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
El Paso Locomotive FC began their preseason schedule Saturday, January 26th with a match against Texas United (USL League Two.)
The Locomotive won 3-1 and while the preseason home matches aren’t open to the public, fans can be ready for the inaugural home opener on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC, by purchasing Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there to capture all the action via the gallery below.
Officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced on Monday the signing of Haitian defender, Mechack Jérôme for the 2019 inaugural season.
Jérôme played the beginnings of his professional career in the Ligue Haïtienne with Baltimore before making a move to the Portuguese Second Division with Mirandela.
Jérôme made his MLS debut with Sporting Kansas City in 2013 and made 12 appearances. He also spent time in the NASL and the USL with Jacksonville Armada and Charlotte Independence respectively. He has made 62 appearances for the Haitian men’s national team and was also a member of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup squad.
The 28-year-old defender has over 200 appearances across his professional and international career and will be a key aspect of the Locomotive FC lineup.
“The quality that Mechack Jérôme possesses as a ball playing center back is second to none. His passing ability allows us to be creative with our build-up play and maintain possession of the ball even when under pressure,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.
“As a defender, he has great 1v1 defending abilities, is good in the air and is a fantastic athlete. On top of being a very good player, his personality off the field is a class act,” said Lowry. “I am very excited to reunite with him and bring him to El Paso. Our fans are going to love watching him play.”
El Paso Locomotive FC plays their first match of their inaugural 2019 season on March 9th, against OKC Energy FC at Southwest University Park at 7:30 PM.
Individual Match Tickets for the inaugural 2019 season are available online and in person at the Durango and Santa Fe Box Office at Southwest University Park now.
Season Ticket Membership options start as low as $170 for the entire 34-week season, call 915-235-GOAL now to speak with an account executive or visit the website.
Officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced Friday morning the signing of 6’ 3” goalkeeper Logan Ketterer for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval.
“He has spent the last couple of years working closely with Zack Steffen, the number one national team keeper,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “He will be coming to us with a great foundation, a willingness to be brave with the ball at his feet, and a desire to win games and be a leader in the group.”
The Madison, Wisconsin native comes to El Paso from the Columbus Crew SC, who play in the MLS, where he spent two seasons and was a fourth-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft.
He made his first appearance for the Crew against Chicago Fire on June 6, 2018.
Bringing Ketterer to El Paso aligns perfectly with the high-possession game Lowry is implementing in the 2019 inaugural season. “Logan is a goalkeeper that is coming from an MLS environment that played in a similar manner to us and used the goalkeepers as a big part of their possession game,” said Lowry.
“The goalkeeper position is a critical element to how we want to play. Not just with the obvious objectives of making saves and keeping clean sheets, but more-so with how we want to build our possession and bravery to play slightly higher up the field,” said Lowry.
Tickets for the historic inaugural match on March 9 against OKC Energy FC can be secured online beginning Saturday, January 19 and at the Santa Fe and Durango Box Offices, or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
El Paso Locomotive FC Signs veteran Irish Midfielder, Richie Ryan, from FC Cincinnati, pending league and federation approval. Ryan has amassed a legendary professional career that spans 15 years and two continents.
He made his professional debut with Sunderland in the English Premier League in the 2003 season. After an 11-year career in Europe, playing in the first division in Ireland, Scotland, and Belgium, Ryan moved to the United States and joined then NASL club Ottawa Fury for the 2014 season where they reached the finals.
Ryan most recently played with USL Championship club FC Cincinnati, who will be premiering in Major League Soccer (MLS) this year as the newest expansion club.
“Having known Richie personally for a few years, coupled with his undoubted quality and winning pedigree on the field, I am honored to have the opportunity to work closely with him again,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “The high standards he is going to bring to our group both on and off the field will go a long way to helping us achieve the goals that we have set.”
“I want to thank the ownership and upper management at El Paso Locomotive FC for helping me bring in an individual of this caliber. Big thanks to Richie and his agent for making the process a smooth one,” said Lowry.
Ryan and the Locomotive squad will take the field on March 9, against OKC Energy FC at 7:30 p.m. for the historic home opener of the inaugural 2019 season.
Individual match tickets are available for purchase beginning Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Durango and Santa Fe Box Office at Southwest University Park, or online.
On Friday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of Colombian right back, Bryam Rebellon to the first-year squad.
Rebellon played his youth and early days of his professional career in Argentina and his home country of Colombia.
Playing with Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia’s top division and then spending time with Club Atletico Sarmiento in Argentina led Rebellon to the United States where he joined LA Galaxy II in 2016, where he appeared 24 times and netted two goals.
In 2017, Rebellon joined Jacksonville Armada (21 appearances), the former club of El Paso Locomotive Head Coach, Mark Lowry and teammates, Derek Gebhard, Joshua Castellanos and Yuma.
After a year stint in Jacksonville, Rebellon joined Swope Park Rangers of the USL Championship for the 2018 season and appeared in 26 matches.
“Bryam is another very intelligent footballer and an incredible athlete who possesses great technique” said Lowry. “He can play various positions, but over the past couple of years has really made the right back spot his home.”
“What really sets Bryam apart though, is his character and work ethic. A phenomenal worker who dedicates his life to being the best he can be on the field. I am looking forward to having another high-quality personality in our locker room,” continued Lowry.
El Paso Locomotive FC plays their first match in their inaugural 2019 season on March 9th, against OKC Energy FC at Southwest University Park at 7:30 PM.
Fans are encouraged to sign up for the individual match tickets waiting list on the EP Locomotive FC website.
El Paso Locomotive FC receives midfielder Edson Partida on loan from Deportivo Toluca F.C., who play in Liga MX and who have won the Mexican Primera Division 10 times (third most winningest club in Liga MX).
Partida also has experience on the U-20 side with Toluca; in Third Division with Buscando un Campeón and Cocula FC. He has appeared in matches with Chiapas U-17 side as well.
The 21-year-old Partida brings a youthful edge to the Locomotive roster with solid professional experience already under his belt in the top echelon of professional Mexican soccer.
“Partida is a young, hungry player, who for me, is a very exciting addition. He is a natural left winger, loves to run at defenders and has a toughness and determination about him that is very characteristic of Liga MX players,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “He is eager to learn and develop, and I know we can provide him the platform to grow on and off the field.”
The addition of Partida to the Locomotive roster for the 2019 season is another example of EP Locomotive’s opportunity to work with top tier clubs from around the world.
“We are getting attention from Liga MX’s teams who trust us to develop their talent. This is a massive step in our development as a club,” said Andrew Forrest General Manager, Business Operations.
The team that EP Locomotive FC Head Coach, Mark Lowry has been putting together for the inaugural season is taking shape with training camp and report dates for players set for the middle of January.
Partida is the 12th player announced, with more to follow in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, the El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of El Pasoan, Louis “Chapa” Herrera. Herrera piqued the interest of the Locomotive coaching staff during the 2018 Alianza de Futbol tournament in El Paso, where he competed with an all-star team comprised of former professionals and collegiate players.
“We saw him play at the Alianza tournament in September, where I think he ran 5,000 miles and didn’t give the ball away once all weekend,” said head coach Mark Lowry. “We invited him to tryouts where he performed well and once again showed his quality and potential.”
After a successful two days at the December 1 and 2 open tryouts, Herrera received a spot to attend the invitational tryout on December 8 and 9 where he continued to impress the staff.
A few weeks after the invitational tryout, Herrera came to the El Paso Locomotive offices with his family and was offered a contract for the inaugural 2019 season.
Lowry said, “In my years of doing this, I can honestly say it was one of my proudest moments sitting with Louis and his family while he signed forms to become a full-time professional soccer player.”
“At 22, he has incredible room for growth and the opportunity to change the lives of him and his family. This is what dreams are made of. Last week he was working construction, today he signed a professional contract,” said Lowry. “I am honored to be part of this journey with Louis and everyone else in El Paso who aspires to be something special”
Herrera is the second El Pasoan on the Locomotive roster, joining 2011 number one overall MLS SuperDraft pick, Omar Salgado.
When El Paso Locomotive takes the field on March 9, fans will be blown away by the high-level of play in the USL Championship.
General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest said, “The fact that another local player has earned his way onto the first team and can compete at this level is encouraging and a great sign of the high-level of talent in El Paso.”
On Friday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of Mexican midfielder, Kevin Ramirez from Club Deportivo Guadalajara, more commonly known as Chivas.
Ramirez moved up the ranks in the Guadalajara youth program, most notably with the U15s and U20s and made his professional debut with Chivas in August of 2018 against Cruz Azul.
The 20-year-old Ramirez also attended trials with English Premier League powerhouse, Manchester City when he was 15. His experience at such a young age speaks volumes to the caliber of players head coach, Mark Lowry is acquiring for EP Locomotive.
“When the opportunity presented itself to bring Ramirez to El Paso, it was a very simple decision. He is very versatile, he can play 3-4 positions within the team. He is a very intelligent player, composed and incredibly mature player for someone so young,” said Lowry.
“Developed and currently contracted at Chivas, one of the most prestigious clubs in the continent, shows how well regarded he is as a player,” Lowry said on Ramirez’s prowess.
“For us to work with Chivas and bring Ramirez here for 2019 will be great for all parties involved. I am excited to see Kevin develop with us and compete daily to make our team stronger,” said Lowry.
EP Locomotive FC has ten players on the roster and includes international athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Mexico, Scotland, and Spain with more signings to be officially announced in the coming weeks. Training camp will kick off in mid-January.
Staff Report January 3, 2019NewsComments Off on Southwest University Park, Spectra FoodServices to Hold Job Fair for 2019 Gameday and Event Staff
Southwest University Park and Spectra Food Services & Hospitality will host their 2019 job fair in a two-day event in mid-January.
The job fair starts on Tuesday, January 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and concluding on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the WestStar Club at Southwest University Park.
Southwest University Park hiring managers are looking for “qualified, hardworking candidates with great guest service skills who are able to work baseball and soccer home games as well as other sporting and non-sporting events.”
The Chihuahuas are looking to fill the following positions for people 18 years or older:
Box Office Service and Cashiers
Cash Room Attendant
Parking Lot Attendants
Facilities and Grounds Crew
Game Day Entertainment Staff
Bark Brigade and Social Square Staff
Kids Playground Attendants
Mesilla Valley Transportation 50/50 Raffle Sellers
Candidates should enter through the Clock Tower/VIP Entrance on the corner of Durango Street and Franklin Avenue
Candidates are urged to bring a resume and dress to impress. A positive, friendly attitude is essential. Applicants who cannot attend can send their resumes to email@example.com. Officials also ask for no calls regarding the jobs.
Spectra will be hiring various positions in the following ballpark areas:
City Hall Grill, Sun Kings Saloon and WestStar Club Bar Areas
Concessions – Cashiers, Runners, Prep Cooks, Stand Leads, Stand Managers
Restaurant – Servers & Runners
Cashiers & Cash Room Attendant
The El Paso Chihuahuas, El Paso Locomotive FC, Leg Up Entertainment and Spectra are equal opportunity employers. Candidates must be 18 years of age to apply, must be able to pass a background check and must be able to work all home games and additional events as needed.
Applicants that are younger than 18 are asked to send their resume or an email to the following Human Resources Jobs address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Paso Locomotive FC have released their inaugural 2019 season schedule which kicks off with a historic home opener against OKC Energy FC on March 9, at Southwest University Park.
El Paso Locomotive will play three home matches in March which will all be held on Saturdays — March 9, March 23, March 30. Locomotive FC will play 26 of their 34 games on Saturday in the 2019 inaugural season.
“I am beyond excited about the release of the schedule.” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest, “Fans have been looking forward to this for months and now everyone will have a chance to experience and be a part of history during this inaugural season for El Paso Locomotive. With players from all over the globe and the high level of play in the USL, it will make for some exciting nights at Southwest University Park. I cannot wait for the fans in El Paso to experience this level of professional soccer for themselves!”
The 34-game schedule will see Locomotive FC playing a home-and-away match with each team within the Western Conference of the USL Championship, with regional and state rivalries already forming.
A heated matchup between El Paso Locomotive FC and New Mexico United (Albuquerque) has been scheduled for Sunday, May 12, at Southwest University Park, with the away matchup set for Wednesday, July 31 in Albuquerque.
Texas has four USL Championship teams; El Paso Locomotive FC, Rio Grande Valley FC, Austin Bold FC, and San Antonio FC. All teams will play each other in a home-and-away series for the bragging rights of the best team in the state of Texas at stake.
El Paso Locomotive FC will also be playing matches against three MLS II squads this season, starting with an away match against Portland Timbers 2 on May 25.
El Pasoans will see the first home match against an MLS II squad on June 8, against LA Galaxy II.
The USL Championship season will run 33 weeks starting March 9 and will conclude on October 20.
TAMPA – The 2019 USL Championship season will open with a landmark opening day on Saturday, March 9 thanks to a 17-game slate of action – the most on a single day in the league’s history – that kicks off the regular season.
The Championship’s home openers were revealed in full on Friday as fans of the league’s 36 clubs got their first glimpse of the 2019 campaign, with an opening day of games that includes inaugural home matches for four expansion franchises across the country.
Birmingham Legion FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, Memphis 901 FC and New Mexico United will all open their inaugural seasons on home turf, with Memphis welcoming the Tampa Bay Rowdies to AutoZone Park for its first regular-season home game and Birmingham facing 2018 USL Cup Playoffs side Bethlehem Steel FC in its opener at BBVA Compass Field.
Locomotive FC will begin its inaugural season at Southwest University Park with a visit from OKC Energy FC, while New Mexico United will play host to Fresno FC in its inaugural home opener at Isotopes Park.
Other notable games on the opening day of the season include high-profile games in each conference with two-time defending USL Cup champion Louisville City FC opening its season on the road against North Carolina FC and a rematch of the 2016 USL Cup as the New York Red Bulls II play host to the Swope Park Rangers highlighting the slate in the Eastern Conference.
Defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Rising FC also opens its campaign on the road as it visits San Antonio FC at Toyota Field, while Reno 1868 FC plays host to Orange County SC at Greater Nevada Field in a rematch from the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs.
Sacramento Republic FC welcomes Real Monarchs SLC to Papa Murphy’s Park for a battle of two consistent playoffs contenders in recent seasons.
Beyond the opening weekend of the season, the Championship will see the opening of a pair of soccer-specific venues over the course of its opening weeks, with Austin Bold FC playing host to Texas rival San Antonio FC on Saturday, March 30 for the first regular-season contest in Bold Stadium history.
The spotlight will then fall on Hartford Athletic on Saturday, May 4 as it hosts its inaugural home opener at historic Dillon Stadium with a visit from the Charlotte Independence.
2019 USL Championship Home Openers Home Teams Listed First
Saturday, March 9
ATL UTD 2 vs. Hartford Athletic
Birmingham Legion FC vs. Bethlehem Steel FC
Charleston Battery vs. Ottawa Fury FC
El Paso Locomotive FC vs. OKC Energy FC
LA Galaxy II vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Austin Bold FC
Memphis 901 FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Nashville SC vs. Loudoun United FC
New Mexico United vs. Fresno FC
New York Red Bulls II vs. Swope Park Rangers
North Carolina FC vs. Louisville City FC
Reno 1868 FC vs. Orange County SC
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC
Saint Louis FC vs. Indy Eleven
San Antonio FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Portland Timbers 2
Friday, March 15
Charlotte Independence vs. Indy Eleven
Saturday, March 16
Bethlehem Steel FC vs. North Carolina FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC
OKC Energy FC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC
Orange County SC vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Phoenix Rising FC vs. New Mexico United
Real Monarchs SLC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC
Rio Grande Valley FC vs. Fresno FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Saturday, March 23
Fresno FC vs. Reno 1868 FC
Louisville City FC vs. Hartford Athletic
Portland Timbers 2 vs. Las Vegas Lights FC
Swope Park Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Saturday, March 30
Austin Bold FC vs. San Antonio FC
Indy Eleven vs. Hartford Athletic
El Paso Locomotive FC has signed Spanish midfielder, Javier Monsalvez Carazo, more frequently known as “Yuma.”
Mark Lowry has been actively recruiting and building a roster that plays to the strengths of his style and that of his players.
“I am incredibly happy to be bringing Yuma here to El Paso. He is a player of tremendous ability and character. Not only does he possess the intelligence and technical ability to control the game from the middle, but arguably his greatest characteristic is his tenacity and desire to win. He is a ferocious competitor, a leader on the field and I know he will feel at home here in the El Paso community. I want to thank Jacksonville Armada for helping with this process, and I cannot wait to reunite with Yuma in January,” said Lowry.
Born in Madrid, Yuma began his youth career with Rayo Vallecano and moved through the ranks making his senior debut with the club in 2005. Playing the majority of his professional career in Spain, he moved to the United States in 2016 to play for Rayo OKC and then in 2017 he made his debut with Puerto Rico FC.
In 2018, Yuma joined Jacksonville Armada the former club of El Paso Locomotive FC Head Coach, Mark Lowry. Yuma will be the third player from Jacksonville on the Locomotive roster, joining Derek Gebhard and Joshua Castellanos who signed earlier this year.
El Paso Locomotive FC has officially signed nine players and will be making more announcements in the coming weeks.
El Paso Locomotive FC has added two attackers to their expanding roster. Nick Ross (Scotland) and Calvin Rezende (USA) will find their place in the midfield and be integral components of the Locomotive squad.
Nick Ross has amassed an impressive international career in his homeland, playing in the Scottish First Division, Scottish Premier League, and Scottish Premiership. Ross came out of the Inverness CT Youth Ranks and made his pro debut in 2009.
Ross had an integral role in helping Inverness achieve promotion to the Scottish Premier League. In the 2014-2015 season, Ross and Inverness Caledonian Thistle won the Scottish Cup.
“At 27 years of age, and with over 200 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, Nick will be bringing a lot of all-round quality and experience into our midfield. He is a box to box midfielder, he has a fantastic engine and is very comfortable on the ball and values keeping possession. He is the perfect midfielder to compliment the players around him and will be an important factor on both sides of the ball for us. Bringing Nick to El Paso is just another example of how we have scouted the world and put in the time to find the right players that fit our philosophy and identity,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. Nick Ross had this to say on his new city and club, “I’m excited about coming to play in the USL and grateful to El Paso for giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to a new challenge and can’t wait to get started.”
Calvin Rezende has played professional soccer at multiple levels in the US Soccer Pyramid. Rezende played with the Michigan Bucks in the PDL in 2015 where he was an MVP candidate and led the league in assists.
For the 2016-2017 season, he was with Miami FC in the NASL and logged 1,436 minutes where he boasted an impressive 90 percent passing accuracy in the 2017 season. Before his professional career in the US, Rezende trained with Cadiz and Crotone in Spain. Rezende is coming to El Paso from his current club, Penn FC in the USL.
Head Coach Mark Lowry has had prior experience coaching opposite of Rezende and had this to say, “I have been aware of Calvin for a while now, having played against him numerous times when he was with Miami FC in the NASL. His technical ability and composure on the ball are of the highest order. He was an integral part of the Miami FC team that in 2017 was the best team outside of MLS. He held his own and contributed in a midfield that boasted some big names. He is incredibly serious about his profession and has big aspirations and a desire to improve as a player. These are perfect characteristics for an El Paso Locomotive FC player.”