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.
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
I’m an odd duck; my favorite sports are football – well, soccer in this case – and cricket. Ever since I was a kid, I was stuck on Pele and (find a cricket player from the early 80s). In junior high, during PE and major sports, my favorite thing was soccer.
So, when I was tasked to shot my first Locomotive game, I was excited. I also must admit, I watched more of the game than I should have. Should have been shooting more photos.
Before the game started, I heard these drums and saw these people marching between the field and the Scottish Rite Temple. They were waving flags, cheering, and having a blast. At first, I thought it was a promotional thing the Locomotive was doing, something to get the fans riled up and excited for the game.
It turns out; it was more than that.
This group of people marched right into Southwest University Stadium and even had their place set aside for them. I had to know just who these people were, what they were doing, and why they reminded me of soccer fans at every MLS game I’ve ever attended or shot.
Who are they? They call themselves the 8th Notch.
Before yesterdays game against LA Galaxy, I met with Louis Cepeda, the president of the 8th Notch, the official fan club of the El Paso Locomotive FC.
I had to ask him not just who they are, beyond their name, and why they are.
“We’re just a group of soccer fans that got together and wanted to support the team. We do whatever we can to push them on and let them know where we’re behind him,” says Luis Cepeda.
The 8th Notch began as two separate groups, before merging into one super group.
“When the team was announced way back last March, there were two groups that popped up,” says Luis. “One was Six Shooters; the other was Bridgetown Brigade. Bridgetown Brigade, they’ve known each other for a long time. Six shooters were the group that I was involved with, right. We were just trying to do our own thing. As time went on, we discuss things and we just kind of just figured it was better for us to all come together and have one voice.”
But the name, how did they get the name. It seems a non sequitur. Even after Googling the name, I still had no idea.
“Well,” began Louis “it’s the highest setting in a locomotive. So, it means full throttle, the highest acceleration in a locomotive. Pretty much full throttle on a locomotive.”
All they did was switch it from Notch 8 to 8th Notch.
I was invited to watch the game with them, march with them, experience the game with them. Let me tell you; it took the Locomotives game to a whole new level!
Marching from Whiskey Blonde to the stadium was electric. Each member of the 8th Notch was alive with excitement. As we drew closer to the Santa Fe gate, they grew more intense.
The crowds that were queued up to get into the stadium were feeding off their energy. Everyone grew more excited as the 8th Notch continued their chant. It was intense. It was also a precursor to what sitting with them and watching the game was going to be like.
As the members of the 8th notch found their seats, they were ready for the game to begin. They were excited and wanted to share that excitement with everyone there.
Their cheers, their power was not only palpable, but contagious.
It took me back to the Penn-Jersey Spirit game in Ewing, New Jersey, one of the first games I ever shot from both the field and the stadium.
Even before the game began, 8th Notch was powered up! The drums, the chants, the non-stop cheering and beer showers when the team scored.
It was amazing, and I wish I had a 1/10th of the energy these guys had. If you’ve never experienced a game with a group of fans that are running full throttle, then you need to get on out there and join them!
They meet at Whiskey Blond, located at Speaker 1: (508 West San Antonio Avenue) open Wednesday through Sunday 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM.
Jacob Perez is one of the owners, and he and his team are great, I felt at home, and I don’t visit bars at all. This one, I’ll hit up again.
Throughout the game the 8th Notch cheered the Locomotives on and worked their best to take away any game spirit the LA Galaxy may have had. It was great!
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 defeated Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-0 in a dominating performance Saturday night.
It was a night of firsts for El Paso which included their first road win (the team remains unbeaten on the road), Jerome Kiesewetter’s first two goals for the club and the unveiling of their West Texas Sky Blue kits in a match.
Locomotive now sits in eighth place in the Western Conference and have played one less match than the leaders and are the only team in the west sitting on back-to-back wins.
The first minute in the second half saw the German-born American, Jerome Kiesewetter open up his scoring account for Locomotive. The striker went down the right lane, switched direction and beat the keeper near post. Kieswetter wasn’t finished there and grabbed the brace nine minutes later after a precision pass from Omar Salgado split the defense and put the ball at Kiesewetter’s feet in front of the goal.
Kiesewetter placed it perfectly into the back of the net and would end the night tied for the lead scorer position on the Locomotive roster with Derek Gebhard, and Edson Partida.
The three attackers all sit at two goals on the season.
Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer notched his fifth clean sheet tonight, putting him in first place across the entire league for shutouts. “Logan is a great young goalkeeper and every game he gets more and more mature. He has five clean sheets across eight games which is fantastic,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.
This match was also the second time a single Locomotive player netted two goals in a match; the first being Partida’s performance against Orange County SC earlier this season.
“We have a lot of talent moving forward in the attack. For Jerome to get two goals tonight was amazing. We can’t wait to get home next week and play against New Mexico United,” said Lowry after tonight’s stellar performance.
El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Sunday, May 12th against rivals New Mexico United. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL
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!
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 traveled to the capital and came away with one point after a 0-0 draw against Austin Bold FC.
Jerome Kiesewetter made his second career start with Locomotive. The German-born American came into the El Paso camp four weeks ago.
El Paso native Louis “Chapa” Herrera saw his second appearance in a Locomotive uniform when he stepped on the pitch in the 75th minute, relieving midfielder Sebastian Contreras.
This match represented the second game for El Paso Locomotive in the Copa Tejas, the supporter’s driven cup amongst the four USL Championship Clubs; Austin Bold, El Paso Locomotive FC, Rio Grande Valley FC, and San Antonio FC. El Paso has tied with both of the Texas teams they have faced thus far in their 2019 campaign.
“We had some great cances that we didn’t capitalize on in both halves and those two offsides goals were very close … Austin are a very good team and it was a very good point here for us on the road,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.
El Paso has yet to concede a goal when they play away from home.
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!
HERRIMAN, Utah – El Paso Locomotive FC traveled to Salt Lake City in their first road match of their inaugural 2019 USL Championship season. Locomotive came away with a draw and one point in the 0-0 result.
The first half saw El Paso Locomotive implement their high-possession game plan and brought with it a few good looks.
Forward Derek Gebhard had a breakaway in the 32nd minute with just the keeper to beat but was fouled from behind, which resulted in a Real Monarchs red card. Monarchs proceeded to play a man down for the remainder of the match.
A late substitute in the 69th minute saw midfielder Joshua Castellanos come onto the pitch. With 20 minutes of gameplay he registered three shots. A few late scoring opportunities in the waning minutes were cause for alarm for Real Monarchs but goalkeeper David Ochoa kept it level on a curled shot from Castellanos and a header from Defender Bryam Rebellon.
El Paso maintained 63.8 percent possession across the match and boasted an 86.8 percent passing accuracy (584 passes completed). Chiro Ntoko led the team in passing accuracy at 97.4 percent.
El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, March 23rd. 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
El Paso Locomotive FC has signed Joshua Castellanos (United States) and Chiro N’toko (Belgium), bringing a wealth of soccer experience to the new club.
According to club officials, Castellanos will find his place in the midfield and comes to El Paso from Jacksonville Armada, the former Club of El Paso Locomotive FC Head Coach, Mark Lowry and forward, Derek Gebhard who was signed earlier this year.
During the 2018 season, Castellanos saw ten starts in 12 games played and netted four goals and one assist. Chiro N’toko, center back, has spent the majority of his professional career in the Eerste Divisie and the Eredivisie which is the highest level of professional soccer in the Netherlands.
N’toko will be an integral component of the defense and is coming from the Fortuna Liga in Slovakia, where he played with FK Senica. With these two signings, El Paso Locomotive FC’s roster is officially five players signed with more announcements to come.
Head Coach, Mark Lowry has brought two players from Jacksonville Armada thus far and said, “Having worked with Josh this past season, I was eager to continue our work together. He is a very exciting young player; he is an extremely hard worker, comfortable receiving under pressure and has that extra bit of creativity in the final third that is hard to teach. He will be a great asset to the group. I am very excited to see where we can go on this journey because he has a lot of talent and is far from his full potential.”
With over ten years of professional experience playing in Europe, N’toko brings with him invaluable experience and knowledge of the game.
“When building a winning team, I believe the center backs are a critical piece, and no stone was left unturned in our pursuit to bring the right one to this Club. In Chiro, we have a center back who is comfortable building our possession from the back and is aggressive and athletic enough to defend in the manner with which we plan to play this season. His experience and character are second to none. Playing at the highest levels in Holland he has been drilled on playing out from the back; he is a born winner and will be a great leader for us on and off the field,” said Mark Lowry.
In front of a packed house at their soon to be home, officials with Mountain Star Sports announced the El Paso USL’s franchise first coach and technical director Mark Lowry.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Mountain Star Sports Group as the first-ever head coach for El Paso’s new USL club…I’m excited to help bring high level football to this town and, with such amazing ownership, we expect to be a contender from day one,” Lowry said.
Lowry comes to the Sun City by way of the Jacksonville Armada Football Club – a member of the NASL – and the Orlando City Soccer Club in MLS. Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Lowry worked for two English Premier League (EPL) teams. There he served as Player Scout and Academy Coach for the Wolverhampton Wanderers and Player Scout for Birmingham City FC.
The newly-named coach added, “We will be bringing the best players possible to put a competitive team on the pitch. I am very much looking forward to getting my family settled here in El Paso and getting started.”
Lowry will start with El Paso USL in August, and his wife and two daughters will join him by the end of the year.
“Our extensive search provided exposure to many very talented and experienced soccer coaches, but Mark’s passion, recent success, training, and progressive approach stood out. His enthusiasm for the sport of soccer and his desire to win, combined with an appreciation of the role a team plays in a community and the significant responsibility that comes with his role, convinced us that he was the right choice to lead our soccer operation on the field,” said Alan Ledford, President of El Paso USL.
“Mark has a proven track record in coaching and team management. He’s progressive and he has an innate ability to relate to players both on and off the field which is essential for a successful soccer club,” said Andrew Forrest, General Manager for El Paso USL. “We think Mark is one of the best and brightest young coaches in the United States and he brings a wealth of top flight knowledge from his international training and experience to our organization.”
The as-of-yet-unnamed franchise will begin play in March at Southwest University Park. For more information about season tickets and deposits, interested fans can visit the team’s website.
El Paso USL revealed the top five finalist nicknames for the team to be voted on by the public beginning today. In April of this year, the community was invited to submit team name ideas.
El Paso USL fans submitted more than 1400 name ideas for the team.
The finalist names include:
“We had a lot of fun reviewing the list of names submitted by El Paso USL fans,” said Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group. “There was certainly a great deal of thought put into the submissions, and the region’s passion for soccer was definitely evident. Based on the feedback we received, we know our local fans are quite creative, but that tradition is equally important to them.”
The team name announcement later this year will include the team’s colors and crest. Uniforms and mascot reveals will be scheduled subsequently.
“This is definitely an exciting time to be an El Paso soccer fan. It’s been thrilling to follow the unpredictable World Cup matches with local soccer supporter groups and fans. It is really rewarding to witness the enthusiasm for El Paso USL,” said Andrew Forrest, General Manager for El Paso USL. “We look forward to announcing the official team name, along with all the other design elements.”
Each of the finalist names was submitted by multiple individuals during the name entry period. As part of the Name the Team contest, those who submitted the winning name will be entered in a drawing. The person selected as the winner will win the grand prize, which includes 2 season seats for the 2019 season, 2 official jerseys, and the winner’s picture taken with the team during the 2019 season.
The criteria for selecting a team name includes name popularity based on public entries and voting, creativity, how well the name represents El Paso, and family-friendliness.
While the public input is an important element of the decision-making process, MountainStar Sports Group will make the ultimate name selection based on the aforementioned criteria and USL approval.
El Paso USL soccer will debut in March of 2019. Those interested in placing a Season Seat Deposit to be among the first to select their Season Tickets can do so with a $50 per seat deposit online or may call 915-235-GOAL. Ticket prices and packages will be announced in the coming months.
At a Wednesday news conference, Officials with El Paso USL announced that Omar Salgado has signed as the first player of the newly launched club, owned by MountainStar Sports Group (MSSG).
Salgado will be part of the inaugural 2019 squad with El Paso USL, which is one of four teams to join USL for the 2019 season.
“We are thrilled for Omar to join the team and be the first ever El Paso USL player. He is a terrific young man who I believe will be a tremendous asset both on the field and in the community — the community he grew up in — and he is excited to return to as a professional soccer player,” said Andrew Forrest, General Manager of El Paso USL.
Salgado was raised in El Paso and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico. The striker was active in youth soccer in the Sun City, playing for the Texas Fire Soccer Club. Salgado attended St. Joseph School and Cathedral High School.
The terms of Salgado’s contract with El Paso USL include his being loaned to Las Vegas Lights FC for the remainder of the 2018 season. The signing and loan are pending league and federation approval.
Salgado, who plays as a Forward, comes to El Paso USL with an impressive background, having played for both the United States U20 and U23 National Teams, and in both Major League Soccer and Liga MX. Previously the No. 1 selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Salgado has also spent time training with multiple English Premier League clubs.
“We are proud to welcome Omar home as the very first player of the very first El Paso USL team. This is El Paso’s team and nothing symbolizes that more than bringing a true El Pasoan on board as our first signing,” said Josh Hunt, Chairman and CEO of MountainStar Sports Group.
“This was a remarkable opportunity for us to sign a world-class player with international experience whose roots are firmly planted in El Paso. Omar is a wonderful person who will represent El Paso well both on and off the pitch,” said Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group. “We are happy to welcome him home.”
A former Cathedral High School student, Salgado left El Paso at the age of 15 to further his career with soccer giants Club Deportivo Guadalajara, better known as Chivas.
With Chivas, he scored seven goals in 10 appearances and was named Player of the Tournament in South America’s U-17 Copa Liberatores competition. Salgado left Chivas when he accepted a call-up for the United States U-20 team, and also has represented the United States at the U-17, U-18, and U-23 levels.
Salgado, now 24, was selected first overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC after training with current English Premier League sides Everton FC and Fulham FC. He started in four of his first 14 appearances as a rookie, scoring Vancouver’s lone goal in his first start against the Columbus Crew.
The striker suffered two fractured foot injuries in 2012 and 2013, the second of which sidelined Salgado for the entire 2013 MLS season. After a successful loan to USL club Charleston Battery in 2014, the striker was recalled by the Whitecaps first team before being traded to New York City FC and purchased by Tigres UANL of Liga MX three weeks later at the end of that year.
Gallery by Alicia Renteria, Multi-Media Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
The Name the Team Contest for the El Paso United Soccer League (USL) team has been extended by 15 days. Soccer fans have about two more weeks to log in or to enter their ideas for the name of El Paso’s new USL Team here.
The entry period will conclude at 11:59pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 and will be followed by a second phase of the process in which select names will be voted on by the public. The team name will be announced this summer.
The person selected as the winner will win the grand prize, which includes 2 Season Seats for the 2019 season, 2 official jerseys, and the winner’s picture taken with the team during the 2019 season.
“We are having fun engaging fans in the Borderplex with the team naming process. The responses we received to date are thoughtful and playful, and reflect the region’s enthusiasm for professional soccer. We’d like to hear more from the community, so we encourage everyone to participate,” said Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group.
In addition, participants who are under 18 years of age are encouraged to participate as long as they and their parents or legal guardians comply with the Official Rules. Multiple entries are permissible.
Those who do not wish to enter online can also submit an entry by sending a standard size postcard with name, address, city, state, and zip code, day and evening phone number, and email address to El Paso USL, Name the Team Contest, 1 Ballpark Plaza, El Paso, Texas, 79901.
The criteria for selecting a team name include name popularity based on public entries and voting, creativity, how well the name represents El Paso, and family-friendliness. While the public input is an important element of the decision-making process, MountainStar Sports Group will make the ultimate name selection based on the aforementioned criteria and USL approval.
In the case that the final name was not submitted by the public, all those qualified participants who submitted names will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize. Fans are encouraged to visit the USL Team Page to see a full list of USL teams from across the country.
The final team name selected will dictate the team’s colors, crest, uniforms, and mascot, all of which will be revealed later this year after the team name is announced this summer.
“The hometown pride of soccer fans is evident in the entries we’ve seen so far. We are getting a true sense of how the team name will shape the entire brand of El Paso USL. From the team crest to the mascot, we envision that the tradition of the game will blend with the cultural feel of the Borderplex,” added Ledford.
El Paso USL soccer will debut in March of 2019. Those interested in placing a Season Seat Deposit to be among the first to select their season tickets can do so with a $50 per seat deposit online or may call 915-235-GOAL. Ticket prices and packages will be announced in the coming months.
As the Major Arena Soccer League regular season starts to wind down, the El Paso Coyotes are looking to win their way into the playoffs, starting this Saturday against the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas.
The Coyotes are 7-8 and in third place, three games behind the Soles de Sonora, 10-6, in the Southwest Division. The top two teams from each division — Southwest, Pacific, Eastern and Central — qualify for the playoffs.
Monterrey, who is 15-0, has already clinched a playoff spot, while the 3-14 Barracudas are out of contention. That leaves the Coyotes and Soles battling it out for the final playoff pass from the Southwest Division.
El Paso has beaten Rio Grande Valley three times this season, including their last meeting on January 28, when the Coyotes came away with a 6-5 victory.
The Coyotes have been led by midfielders Hugo Puentes, who has 22 goals this season, and Christian Gutierrez with 21. Both are among the top five scorers in the league. Guiding the Barracudas is midfielder Moises Gonzalez, who leads the team with 15 goals and 10 assists.
Prior to Saturday’s home match, the Coyotes will have a chance to boost their record as they face the Tacoma Stars (7-9, third place in the Pacific Division) on Friday, February 2, in Washington. The game will be live streamed at MASLtv on YouTube at 8:35 p.m. MST.
The Coyotes and Barracudas start at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, February 3, at the El Paso County Coliseum, located at 4100 East 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.