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Gallery+Story: San Antonio FC stops Locomotive 3-1

Wednesday night, El Paso Locomotive FC opened up their first of two games in a single week in front of 6,128 electric “Loco” fans, who also saw the first lightning delay in franchise history, postponing the match in the 49th minute and causing a 30-minute delay of play.

Locomotive had to dig deep into their bench and field a different starting 11 than the club has played with over the last few weeks, playing tough in the 3-1 loss to San Antonio.

“The injuries right now are really hurting us. The performances aren’t the problem. No one is playing badly … Injuries are all adding up and taking their toll. We got in some great areas tonight offensively, just unlucky getting them to go into the back of the net,” said coach Mark Lowry.

Defender Andrew Fox notched his first career goal in Locomotive colors tonight in the 28th minute. A deflected shot by Derek Gebhard sent the ball into traffic where Fox was waiting.

In an instant, he sent his left foot through it, finding the back of the San Antonio net to bring things level.

Newcomer, defender Moses Makinde also made his home debut tonight. El Paso tested the San Antonio goalkeeper on multiple occasions but couldn’t find the last one percent.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, July 20th against Real Monarchs. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

Chapa engineers Locomotive rally to 1-1 draw against Energy FC

El Paso Locomotive FC rallies for come from behind draw against Energy FC to pick up a point in their road campaign.

Homegrown hero, Louis “Chapa” Herrera has made himself a regular starter in the Locomotive lineup and continues to provide that spark on the pitch; Chapa’s Saturday night offensive proficiency led to the own goal by OKC.

Logan Ketterer came up big yet again for El Paso and saved his fourth penalty of the season which set up the El Paso counter attack.

Defender Andrew Fox received the ball near the midline and sent a booming through ball over the top of the Energy FC backline, finding Chapa who redirected the ball with his head and finished it off with a half-volley that caught an OKC defender, sending it into the net.

The contest would end in a 1-1 draw, closing El Paso’s third straight road match journey.

Locomotive sit in fourth place in the Western Conference.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Wednesday, July 17th against San Antonio FC. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

Locomotive FC Acquire Defender Makinde from Tulsa FC in trade for Rezende

El Paso Locomotive FC have acquired Tulsa Defender Moses Makinde via trade pending league and federation approval. Tulsa will acquire El Paso midfielder Calvin Rezende early this week.

“I want to thank Calvin for his service here and wish him nothing but the best at Tulsa. Moses is going to offer us much-needed depth to the back line that has been down to the bare bones this last couple of weeks. We look forward to integrating him into the group this week,” said Coach Mark Lowry.

The English-American defender was born in London and played his collegiate career with North Carolina State Wolfpack from 2010-2013, making 69 appearances and scoring twice.

Makinde has played in the United States, England, Germany, Romania and Sweden. Makinde made 21 appearances with Syrianska FC (Sweden) and that season the club was promoted to the second division in Swedish Football.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Wednesday, July 17th against San Antonio FC.

Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

Gallery+Story: Las Vegas Lights hold off Locomotive 1-0 in front of record crowd

El Paso’s nine-game unbeaten streak came to an end at the hands of Las Vegas, who came into this match after a thundering 5-1 victory over New Mexico United.

Locomotive saw a shift in the backline after losing three key performers due to injury but maintained 74 percent of the possession and only faced one shot on target.

“The guys did a great job in the second half. Edson did great when he came one. He got off some good shots and, on another day, those go in,” said Coach Mark Lowry.

El Paso Locomotive FC packed Southwest University Park with 8,117 fans, resulting in the second largest crowd in franchise history behind their historic home opener on March 9th.

The energy and buzz in the stadium carried the cheers of the fans into the El Paso night as Locomotive battled for 90-minutes.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next three matches on the road and they return home on Wednesday, July 17th to face San Antonio.

Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eplocomotivefc.com/ticket or by calling 915-235-GOAL

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

El Paso Locomotive down Tulsa 2-0; Unbeaten streak now at nine matches

El Paso Locomotive FC extended their undefeated streak to nine straight league matches with the win against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

USL Player of the Month Jerome Kiesewetter asserted his dominance and scored his tenth goal of the season putting him in a first-place tie for goals scored across the league while playing four games less than the rest of the field.

Sebastian Contreras showed his grit and professionalism Saturday night; scoring the first goal and drawing the penalty in the second half.

Omar Salgado once again dominated in his new position on the wing, leading to the first goal.

In the 37th minute, Salgado was unstoppable on the wing and took the ball deep into the Tulsa box, sending a perfectly placed cross that Contreras was able to convert.

The goal to break Tulsa came in the 67th minute when Contreras outclassed and out dribbled two Tulsa defenders who would have no other choice but to put him down in the box.

Who else but Kiesewetter would step up to take the penalty?

In calculating and clinical fashion, the German-American converted from the spot by sending a booming shot into the upper 90. El Paso would close the night with a big win and three points on the road boosting them up the rankings.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, June 22nd against Las Vegas. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased at online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

Locomotive’s Kiesewetter voted Championship’s Player of the Month

TAMPA, Fl. – El Paso Locomotive FC forward Jerome Kiesewetter has been voted the USL Championship’s Player of the Month for May after recording six goals in four games to lead his club to an undefeated record over the course of the month and an inside line to a berth in the USL Cup Playoffs at the end of the season.

“I am very excited to be named player of the month,” said Kiesewetter. “I know there were a bunch of other great players on the list and I am grateful to have won. I am thankful to everyone who voted for me and want to continue playing like we have as a team.”

The former United States Men’s National Team member, Kiesewetter joined Locomotive early this season and has made an impressive impact with the club.

In addition to his six goals during May, Kiesewetter has recorded nine goals in nine appearances overall to sit in a tie for second place in the race for the Championship’s Golden Boot, one behind New Mexico United’s Kevaughn Frater going into this weekend’s action.

Kiesewetter received 52 percent of a weighted poll that included the USL Championship Technical Committee, a national panel of independent media representing every USL market and an online fan vote held at USLChampionship.com.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies goalkeeper John McCarthy finished second on 26 percent after recording nine saves and four shutouts over the month, while Indy Eleven goalkeeper Evan Newton finished third on 18 percent after also going the month without conceding in league play.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, June 22nd against Las Vegas Lights. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL

El Paso Locomotive FC Unveils Summer Specials: Loco Summer Six-Pack, College Night

On Thursday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC unveiled their summer food and drink promotion, Loco Summer Six-Pack.

“With so much soccer happening this summer with the Women’s World Cup in France and the Gold Cup domestically, we didn’t want to miss out on an action-packed summer of soccer and savings! These unbelievable stadium specials rival any professional stadium and along with our vast level of ticket options, gives everyone something to enjoy on a Locomotive game day,” said Andrew Forrest, General Manager, Business Operations.

The promotion kicks off with next week’s first summer match on June 8th and ends on August 17th.

The six summer matches will provide fans with select concession items for only $2. The Loco Summer Six-Pack includes: $2 Margaritas, $2 twelve-ounce Estrella Jalisco cans, $2 twenty-four-ounce sodas, and $2 hot dogs.

This special summer offer will be available from the time gates open up until the 30th minute of game time.

Another Locomotive summer special offered to fans is College Night. Anyone with an active college (.edu) email address will save 25 percent on tickets purchased for the June 8th match against LA Galaxy II.

This match is also one of the Loco Summer Six-Pack matches.

The six summer matches are: Saturday, June 8th, Saturday, June 22nd, Wednesday, July 17th, Saturday, July 20th, Saturday, August 3rd, and Saturday, August 17th.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, June 8th against LA Galaxy II. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

El Paso Locomotive FC unveils plan for 2019-2020 Youth Soccer Initiatives

On Wednesday, Locomotive FC announced plans for the 2019 – 2020 youth soccer year in their effort to support and enhance the youth soccer community in the region.

Bob Bigney, Director of Youth Soccer, is leading the youth development charge for El Paso Locomotive.

“The overall objective of Locomotive FC Youth Soccer is to improve and enhance the youth soccer community,” said Bigney. “Having youth soccer programs under the umbrella of Locomotive FC provides a defined developmental pathway for players, professional growth opportunities for coaches, helpful information to parents and a great platform for sharing best practices with all youth soccer groups in the Borderplex region.”

Bigney has more than 30 years of coaching experience at the youth, high school, college and professional levels. He oversees all programs as Locomotive continues to offer opportunities for youth soccer players, coaches, and families.

Bigney holds his US Soccer ‘A’ License, his National Youth License and is an instructor for US Soccer and can be reached at  bbigney@eplocomotivefc.com

Locomotive youth soccer includes the following programs:

Locomotive FC Affiliate Club Program

Designed to provide services & support to existing youth soccer clubs in the form of coach clinics, player/team training, Locomotive FC player appearances and more. Locomotive FC Affiliate Clubs will also work together to receive professional development in club structure, organization and to provide playing opportunities for players and teams.

Locomotive FC Select Program

Locomotive FC will assemble teams to participate in events throughout the year. Selected players may participate on Locomotive FC Select Teams while continuing to play for their local team.  Possible events that Locomotive FC Select Teams may participate in include:

  • FC Juarez Tournament
  • USL Academy Cup
  • Prestigious National Youth Tournaments
  • Locomotive hosted event

Locomotive FC Soccer Camps Program

These soccer camps will be offered during the summer and during breaks in the school year.  Locomotive players and coaches will provide skill-building activities in an enjoyable environment.

Information on the 2019 Summer Camps can be found here.

Locomotive FC Futures Program

Designed to provide quality, age-appropriate training sessions and games for youth players (boys and girls), the Locomotive FC Futures Program will utilize the standards set in US Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives for the u12 and younger age groups.  Aspects such as holistic child development activities, parent education sessions and a referee development program will be incorporated in the Locomotive FC Futures Program.

Supplemental Training Programs

Various programs will be offered throughout the year to provide additional training opportunities for players and teams. The Player Development Program (PDP) will be available to boys and girls in several age groups and at different locations around the region. The program has already seen success and will continue to be a pillar in the development of local soccer talent.

Lil’ Locos Program

A big success this past spring, this introduction to soccer for 3-6-year-old children will be offered in several locations around El Paso during the 2019 fall and 2020 spring seasons.

More information on these plans and programs can be found on the Locomotive FC website.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, June 8th against LA Galaxy II. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

Gallery+Story: Forward Madison blanks Locomotive 3-0

El Paso Locomotive FC bowed out in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after dropping to Forward Madison FC.

“I made six or seven changes and we lost some flow. Gave guys the opportunity and saw some interesting things. You have to give guys the chance,” said coach Mark Lowry.

“We had a lot of young guys out there tonight who were able to learn a lesson. The key thing now is the 11 I pick for Saturday and to get back to the way we have been playing … I believe in those young guys that played tonight.”

El Paso fielded a young lineup featuring players who had yet to start or see the pitch in the 2019 campaign.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, May 18th against Sacramento Republic FC.

Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

Gallery+Story: Fit to be Tied! Locomotive, NM United fight to 2-2 tie

El Paso Locomotive FC and New Mexico United kicked off the regional rivalry with a four-goal firefight. With a draw that ended in 2-2, Locomotive are on a four-game streak without a loss (two wins and two draws).

“We played brilliantly. The possession the chances we created; it was superb. Keep in perspective, the last four games we remain unbeaten. We had another great performance tonight against New Mexico who are a great team. We controlled that game and restricted them,” said head coach Mark Lowry.

El Paso put New Mexico under intense pressure in the first half and opened their scoring account first. Richie Ryan came up with an interception in the middle of the pitch and passed it off to Calvin Rezende.

Rezende fought off a defender, took a few touches towards goal and connected with Jerome Kiesewetter who fired it right between the keeper’s hands. New Mexico’s Sam Hamilton answered with one of his own 9 minutes later to close the half level at 1-1.

Kiesewetter wasn’t done yet, in the 65th minute he scored a booming header off a perfectly placed ball from Sebastian Contreras that found him in the box.

This makes back-to-back matches where Kiesewetter has scored two goals. A late goal tied things up for the visitors, leaving the teams to split the points.

They play at home this Wednesday in their first US Open Cup Match vs Forward Madison FC in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

El Paso Locomotive FC Announces Youth Soccer Affiliate Club Program

On Friday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced their new Affiliate Club Program and the first team in the area to participate.

“Alamo United FC is very excited to be an affiliate of Locomotive FC. This affiliation gives our players and coaches an unprecedented opportunity to develop with the help and guidance of a first-class organization. In the past, we have had the opportunity to work with Bob Bigney and some of the Locomotive staff with great results,” said Eric Hoppes, Club Director for Alamo United FC. “

We now look forward to the additional support we will receive by being an affiliate club. In addition, having our players attend games and being part of the club will grow their passion for soccer. It’s a very exciting time for soccer in El Paso and Alamogordo!”

Bob Bigney, the Director of Youth Soccer Programs for Locomotive FC stated, “I believe in the club system for youth soccer and look forward to working with all clubs in this region. Locomotive FC can provide coaching clinics, training sessions for teams and/or players, appearances by Locomotive FC professional players, and many other benefits to affiliate clubs. We’re thrilled to have Alamo United FC as our first affiliate club partner and am excited about working with them”

The Affiliate Club Program aims to build relationships with local youth soccer clubs.

“The goal and purpose of this program is to provide support and services to local youth soccer clubs and develop a strong working relationship between Locomotive FC and recognized affiliate clubs,” officials shared via a news release. “Working with local youth soccer clubs, the Affiliate Club Program strives to enhance the youth soccer landscape and the development of youth soccer players in the Borderplex region.”

Located in Alamogordo, NM, the club serves as the competitive branch of the Otero County Youth Soccer League. Alamo FC teams compete in leagues in Las Cruces and El Paso.

More details on the Locomotive FC Affiliate Club Program can be found via this link.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Sunday, May 12th against rival New Mexico United. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL

El Paso Locomotive FC Unveils Youth Soccer Camps for the Summer

On Friday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC Youth Soccer announced their summer soccer camp program, with the first camp kicking off on June 3rd.

“We are happy to offer the Locomotive FC Summer Soccer Camps for 2019,” said Bob Bigney, Director of Locomotive FC Youth Soccer Programs. “These camps will provide enjoyable soccer activities for youth soccer players all over El Paso. The children attending these summer camps will receive quality coaching from the technical staff of Locomotive FC – and will get to interact with professional soccer players from the Locomotive FC squad.”

“At each camp, children will be grouped by age and ability to provide the best experience for each camper,” continued Bigney.  “Campers will have a lot of fun and improve their soccer skills.”

Club officials share that different options exist to fit the needs of children and parents alike.

There are evening camps held around the city and at the Locomotive Training Facility, morning camps on both sides of town and three-day camps that culminate with campers attending a Locomotive FC match.

Each camp location will limit the number of campers accepted and registration will close when the camp is full. Locomotive FC summer camps will be conducted all over El Paso including the westside, eastside and northeast.

Each camp is open to boys & girls based on the school grade that the child will be entering this Fall.

The fee to attend a camp includes quality soccer instruction, small-sided and full-sided games, a Locomotive FC Soccer Camp T-Shirt and a ticket to a Locomotive FC home game.

For all camp dates, locations and other details, and to register for Locomotive FC Summer Soccer Camps, please visit this website

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Sunday, May 12th against regional rival New Mexico United. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

Locomotive derails Western Conference leader Reno 1868 FC 1-0

Thanks to a penalty kick awarded late in the game, El Paso Locomotive secured their second win of the season over Reno 1868 FC.

In the 75th minute of the game, Forward Jerome Kiesewetter was taken down in the Reno box, setting up El Paso’s shot.

Teammate Sebastian Contreras calmly stepped up to the spot and stuck the shot into the back of the net – sending the crowd at Southwest University Park into a frenzy of blue, white and yellow flags and smoke.

“We created plenty of chances this match. I would have liked us to have been a bit more progressive and move the ball forward more. We made some adjustments tactically going into the second half and it showed. I am very pleased with how we performed and happy to have won at home,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.

El Paso came out fast in the first half and attacked heavily on the right channel with Salgado leading the charge.

Salgado would finish the night with three shots and two key passes. The second half was no different for El Paso who came out searching for the goal to put them ahead.

Locomotive kept up the energy and tenacity to close the match on top of Reno 1-0. With the win, El Paso improved their record to 2-2-3.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Sunday, May 12th against regional rival New Mexico United. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

El Paso Locomotive FC US Open Cup tickets on sale for May 15th match

On Thursday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced that tickets for their home match in the historic Lamar Hunt US Open Cup were available for purchase.

US Open Cup is the nation’s longest ongoing soccer tournament and El Paso will enter in the second round on May 15th.

El Paso will play the winner of the match between USL League One’s Forward Madison FC and UPSL side Bavarian Soccer Club. US Open Cup runs through August, with the last team standing raising the Dewar Challenge Trophy, receiving a prize of $300,000, and a spot in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League.

“It’s a great privilege to be able to host an Open Cup match in our inaugural year. It is such an entertaining format playing a team we don’t usually see, the chance for overtime and even penalties; It is truly everything a fan could ask for in a single match. We don’t care who we host, we are excited to start our Open Cup run in front of our fans on May 15th,” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 915-242-GOAL, or by visiting the Locomotive website.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, April 27th against Reno 1868 FC. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

El Paso Locomotive FC Falls to USL Cup Finalist Phoenix Rising FC 2-0

El Paso Locomotive FC saw three players make their first start for the club, Forward Jerome Kiesewetter, Midfielder Calvin Rezende, and Defender Daniel Navarro. Injuries earlier in the week led to shifts in the El Paso lineup, most notably in the defensive back.

Phoenix Rising FC took an early lead when Locomotive Goal Keeper Logan Ketterer tripped leaving a wide-open net. Ketterer recovered and came up with three massive saves to keep the score to one and to send the game into halftime.  Locomotive closed out the first half exhibiting a passing accuracy of 86 percent and maintaining possession 59.6 percent of the half.

Locomotive came out in the second half looking for the equalizer, constantly pressing and testing the Phoenix backline. At the end of 90 minutes, Locomotive played their brand of football well with high periods of possession and consistent passing accuracy. Phoenix would find the net once more to close the game 2-0.

Kiesewetter commented on his first match as a Locomotive attacker, “It was good to get the 90 minutes in. We need to work on our rhythm a bit and it will all come together.” He would end the night with two shots.

“We had four players out with injury. Kiesewetter came in and played his first game in six to eight months,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “The buildup play was unbelievable. Phoenix is one of the best teams in the league year after year, I thought we controlled the game well. The guys showed great resilience and great mental strength to stay in the game.”

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, April 27th against Reno 1868 FC.  Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased at online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

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