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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!

El Paso Locomotive FC Signs Top-flight Bundesliga, U.S. National Team Forward Jerome Kiesewetter

On Tuesday, El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of top-flight German-born American Forward Jerome Kiesewetter, pending league and federation approval.

Kiesewetter was born in Berlin, Germany and has played with multiple teams in the Bundesliga, the highest division of German soccer.

Head Coach Mark Lowry said, “I would like to thank our ownership group and management for giving us the opportunity to bring in a player of Jerome’s caliber. He is a player that is going to fit in perfectly with the attacking talent we already have at the club. His experience in Germany and at the International level with the U.S. gives an idea of the type of quality we want here and the desire we all have to make El Paso Locomotive FC an entertaining, attacking, winning team.”

His resume includes stints with Hertha BSC II, VfB Stuttgart and Fortuna Düsseldorf. In the 2017-2018 season, Kiesewetter and Fortuna Düsseldorf won the 2. Bundesliga Championship.

Along with his esteemed club career, Kiesewetter has been an active member of the United States National Team since 2011. He has made over 30 appearances on the United States U18, U20, U23 and Senior squad, while netting eight goals across his national career. Kiesewetter will be a key member of the Locomotive attack.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, April 13th against Phoenix Rising FC.  Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

Gallery+Story: El Paso Locomotive Squeeze Orange County for 2-0 Victory

Saturday night, El Paso Locomotive FC won their first match in the franchise’s history at home. At the end of 90 minutes, El Paso came out with a dominating 2-0 victory over Orange County SC.

In the first half, El Paso Locomotive FC sent three shots at the Orange County keeper, took five corner kicks and maintained an 81.8 percent passing rate.

El Paso was knocking at the door of OC, looking for the magic moment and keeping the pressure high. In the 41st minute, midfielder Edson Partida took to the pitch and closed out the half completing 100 percent of his passes.

As soon as the whistle blew, El Paso Locomotive came onto the pitch in the second half with the same intensity as the first with multiple chances created. Salgado hammered down on the Orange County right line and was getting looks on goal, hungry to add a point to his name.

In the 64th minute, El Paso took the lead when Salgado’s shot on goal was deflected, and Partida scooped it up and sent it into the back of the net. Partida wasn’t finished there, in the 88th minute with a perfectly placed assist from Sebastian Contreras, Partida collected the ball at the top of the box and took a few touches in before sending it home and running over to celebrate with the 8th Notch (El Paso Locomotive FC supporter group) who were electric.

“I am really happy we were able to give this win to the city of El Paso; it feels amazing. It is what I have been wishing for since I signed here to play for my hometown,” said Salgado.

“Getting the first win in history feels great and getting it at home feels even better. We are going to continue to work hard and push for more,” said Partida who was also named Estrella of the Match.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, April 13th against Phoenix Rising FC.  Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

Photo gallery by Johnny Yturales, Staff Photographer, El Paso Herald Post

El Paso Locomotive FC Announces Local Artist Gameday Poster Series

El Paso Locomotive FC announces their gameday collectible poster series that will be designed by prominent local artists. El Paso has an ever-growing art scene that has fostered great talents and this intermingling of art and soccer looks to continue that growth.

“I was so excited when El Paso Locomotive reached out about this project. Art and soccer are connected in so many ways. Like the beautiful game, a piece of art changes and grows while it is being created,” said Gabaldon. “I think that is why I love the game so much. Despite the team shape and tactics, victory often comes down to that little spark or moment of unpredictable creativity.”

The first art-centric poster that fans can get their hands on will be at tomorrow’s match versus intrastate rival, Rio Grande Valley FC, and has been designed by Patrick Gabaldon.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first 2,500 fans in the door will receive their collectible poster.

Gabaldon was born and raised in El Paso and his art can be seen throughout the city. Featured in restaurants, art galleries, and the El Paso International Airport amongst others. His work is categorized by his bold use of color and bright tones that illuminate the cross-border culture of the city.

Gabaldon has also produced portraits of notable El Pasoans and pop culture icons alike.

Other local artists designing upcoming gameday posters include Christin Apodaca and Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado. Apodaca is most famous for her distinct style of black and white line work design that often includes portraits with added elements of style to introduce a geometric shift break. She also painted the “Locos” logo in front of fans at the alternate brand unveil.

This piece now lives inside Southwest University Park beside the Locomotive Team Shop entrance.

Alvarado is an El Paso native and has been heavily involved with public art projects and community involvement. His ongoing education program includes two full-scale murals made in conjunction with students from the El Paso Juvenile Detention Center and two large murals showcasing the history of the city. His work has been featured in shows in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, El Paso Museum of Art, and in our sister city, Ciudad Juarez.

El Paso Locomotive FC Rolls Out Lil’ Locos Youth Soccer Program

El Paso Locomotive FC unveils the Lil’ Locos Program, another component of their youth soccer offerings, that kicks off this spring.

The 2019 Lil’ Locos Program offers young children an introduction to the sport in a safe, age-appropriate and fun environment.

The spring program will be for boys and girls who were born in 2013, 2014 and 2015 (children ages three to six). Lil’ Locos will offer developmentally appropriate practice sessions where children learn about soccer and practice social skills, with an emphasis on fun.

Sessions will be held throughout April and May at various locations in the city, serving families in all corners of El Paso.

At the helm of the Locomotive youth soccer programming is Bob Bigney, Director of Soccer Operations. Bigney has over 30 years’ experience in coaching, holding his US Soccer “A” License, the National Youth License, and is a certified instructor for US Soccer.

In addition, he is a licensed elementary school teacher having worked as a 4th-grade teacher in Las Cruces and an elementary school PE teacher in Virginia and New Mexico. Bigney has also served as the Technical Director for the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association and the Director of Coaching Education for the Oregon Youth Soccer Association.

“The objective of Locomotive FC Youth Soccer is to enhance the quality and scope of youth soccer opportunities in El Paso and surrounding areas,” stated Bigney.

“The Lil’ Locos Program is not team-based and will offer these young children a wonderful first soccer experience. It’s not about winning championships at this young age; but rather learning soccer skills and having fun with friends in a healthy, encouraging environment.”

More information on the Lil’ Locos Program, and other Locomotive FC youth soccer programs and events, is available on the Locomotive FC website.

El Paso Locomotive FC Defender Mechack Jérôme Receives International Call Up

Tuesday morning, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced that defender Mechack Jérôme had received an international call up to represent Haiti in a match against Cuba on March 24th.

Head Coach Mark Lowry said, “It’s always an honor for a player to represent their country. We send Mechack with our best wishes for a successful camp with Haiti, and hope he returns next week healthy.”

The match is part of the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying and will be played in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Jérôme will miss the upcoming match against Rio Grande Valley FC on March 23rd.

The Haitian defender has started in both matches for El Paso Locomotive in their inaugural 2019 USL Championship season. Across both matches, Jérôme has amassed a passing accuracy rate of 83.4 percent, six clearances, and two shots on target.

Jérôme has a decorated international career under his belt already. He played for Haiti at the 2007 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament and the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Jérôme made his senior career debut in 2008, where he was a member of the squad that competed in the 2008 Caribbean Championship. He was an integral component in helping Haiti qualify for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup as well. In his time representing Haiti, Jérôme has netted three goals and made 62 appearances for his country.

Currently, Haiti rests in second place in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying standings.

Good tickets remain for upcoming matches including this Saturday, March 23rd versus regional rival Rio Grande Valley FC and Saturday, March 30th against Orange County SC. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL

Story in Many Pics: Inaugural El Paso Locomotive Home Opener

With much fan-fare and colorful anticipation, the gates to Southwest University Park were opened to a sold-out crowd for the first-ever home match of the El Paso Locomotive.

While the Locomotive lost the match 3-1 against OKC Energy FC, fans finally got a chance to root for their home team.

Among the sold-out crowd was our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta, and we bring you his view of the match in this ‘Story in Many Pictures’

Inaugural game for the El Paso Locomotive vs OK Energy FC, Southwest University Park, El Paso Texas, March 9, 2019, Andres Acosta El Paso Herald-Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video+Story: El Paso Locomotive FC Unveils Alternate ‘Locos’ Brand

El Paso Locomotive FC unveiled its alternate brand, ‘Locos’, at a special event for Season Ticket Members on Thursday.

The newly-introduced ‘Locos’ brand pays homage to the artistic styling often seen on rail cars throughout the country, with an ode to the Locomotive and train motifs surrounding the team. Bold colors and lines accompany the word mark giving fans another way to show their Locomotive pride.

Andrew Forrest General Manager, Business Operations said, “Even before we announced the team name, we knew the ’Locos’ was going to become the unofficial name of the team. We wanted this brand to be an expression of that fun, enthusiastic attitude we think our team and fans exude.”

Since the original name announcement, the nickname “Locos” has been used by fans when referencing the team.

Locos merchandise is now available in the Locomotive Southwest University Park Team Shop located on Santa Fe. Fans can get their hands on t-shirts, sweaters and an assortment of items before the historic inaugural home opener this Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC.

The Locomotive Team Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Saturday’s historic inaugural home opener against OKC Energy FC is now sold out, but good tickets remain for upcoming matches including the Saturday, March 23rd game vs. regional rival Rio Grande Valley FC and the Saturday, March 30th match against Orange County SC.

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

Video courtesy Duke Keith

El Paso Locomotive FC Sells Out Historic Inaugural Home Opener

El Paso Locomotive FC announced Thursday that Saturday’s historic inaugural home opener versus Oklahoma City Energy FC is sold out.

“Selling out Southwest University Park is nothing short of amazing, but not at all unexpected,” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest. “We knew that when professional soccer was launched in this market that it would be a smashing success and the community has responded beautifully and proven us right. This match will be remembered forever in El Paso history and the people of this city are what made this sell out happen!” 

The game will be televised locally on the El Paso-Las Cruces CW as part of a partnership with KVIA ABC7. Kick-off is slated for 7:35 p.m.

Good tickets remain for upcoming matches on Saturday, March 23rd vs. intrastate rival Rio Grande Valley FC and the Saturday, March 30th match against Orange County SC.

The March 30th match will be accompanied by a promotional mini soccer ball giveaway for the first 1,500 fans who enter the stadium.

The CW is available to everyone in the El Paso/Las Cruces region on 7.2 over the air. Viewers can also watch the game on Spectrum channel 13, Comcast Cable channel 388, Direct TV and Dish Network on channels 8 and 17, respectively, and on AT&T U-verse channel 19. Fans can also catch the action on ESPN+.

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

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