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‘Chapa’ Herrera back on board for 2020 Locomotive season

El Paso Locomotive FC has re-signed Louis “Chapa” Herrera for the 2020 season, pending league and federation approval.

Chapa joined Locomotive in early January of 2019 after Head Coach Mark Lowry discovered Chapa and saw his professional promise at the highly regarded Alianza de Futbol tournament.

“To see his growth from pre-season to the end of the season was special for us all. He is someone who wants to learn every day and someone who is always asking questions, which is important because that shows his willingness to learn and that he wants to get better. He helped us a lot through the inaugural season and I’m sure he will become even better this year,” said Locomotive midfielder Richie Ryan.

The midfielder made 28 appearances and found himself in the starting lineup 12 times this season. In the away match vs OKC Energy FC he tied the game with his shot that would ultimately be awarded as an own goal.

“Chapa has proved himself to be a hungry and young rising star and was the second local player to sign a professional contract with El Paso Locomotive FC. He is a testament to the high-level of play and talent pool that exists in the Borderland,” team officials added.

All aboard, year two is almost here! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL

All Aboard! El Paso Locomotive FC unveils 2020 Season Schedule

Thursday afternoon, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC released the team’s 2020 season schedule.

The season kicks off with an away match against Orange County SC on March 6 and the 2020 home opener will be on March 14 against Portland Timbers 2 (a team El Paso drew against on the road and defeated at home 4-1).

The USL Championship season will run 33 weeks starting March 6 and will conclude on October 18. Times for home and away matches will be announced in the coming weeks.

 “As we start our second season, we are once again pleased to share our Western Conference schedule with our fans.  We developed rivalries with other teams that we will look to continue to grow, had successes both at home and on the road, and look forward to a newcomer to the league in San Diego Loyal led by US soccer legend Landon Donovan,” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest

“With twelve Saturday night matches that include Phoenix Rising, San Antonio FC, and New Mexico United; a game versus fellow Texas team Rio Grande Valley on ESPN Deportes and to build on our incredible inaugural season postseason run; 2020 is going to be a season you will not want to miss,” Forrest added.

The 34-game schedule will see Locomotive FC playing a home-and-away match against each team within the Western Conference of the USL Championship, with regional and state rivalries that formed in the inaugural season returning.

A heated matchup between El Paso Locomotive FC and New Mexico United (Albuquerque) has been scheduled for Saturday, March 21 in Albuquerque and On Saturday, September 12, at Southwest University Park.

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 and a chance to claim the Copa Tejas as their own.

El Paso Locomotive FC will also be playing matches against Four MLS II squads (Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy, and Real Salt Lake) this season, starting with the 2020 Home Opener against Portland Timbers 2 on March 14.

El Paso Locomotive FC Full 2019 Inaugural Season Schedule

March 06         Orange County SC
March 14         Portland Timbers 2
March 21         New Mexico United
March 29         Tacoma Defiance
April 04            La Galaxy II
April 18            FC Tulsa
May 02            Reno 1868 FC
May 06            OKC Energy FC
May 14            San Diego Loyal
May 23            Real Monarchs
May 30            Sacramento Republic
June 06            Phoenix Rising FC
June 10            Colorado Springs FC
June 13            San Antonio FC
June 20            Austin Bold FC
June 27            Tacoma Defiance
July 03             OKC Energy FC
July 15             Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
July 18             Las Vegas Lights FC
July 25             Sacramento Republic FC
Aug. 01            LA Galaxy II
Aug. 08            Phoenix Rising FC
Aug. 12            San Diego Loyal
Aug. 15            Real Monarchs
Aug. 22            Orange County SC
Aug. 29            San Antonio FC
Sept. 05           FC Tulsa
Sept. 12           New Mexico United
Sept. 16           Reno 1868 FC
Sept. 20           Portland Timbers 2
Sept. 27           Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
Oct. 03            Las Vegas Lights FC
Oct. 10            Colorado Springs FC
Oct. 17            Austin Bold FC

El Paso Locomotive FC 2019 Home Schedule

Saturday, March 14 Portland Timbers
Saturday, April 4 LA Galaxy II
Wednesday, May 6 OKC Energy FC
Thursday, May 14 San Diego Loyal
Saturday, May 23 Real Monarchs SLC
Wednesday, June 10 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Saturday, June 13 San Antonio FC
Saturday, June 27 Tacoma Defiance
Saturday, July 18 Las Vegas Lights
Saturday, July 25 Sacramento Republic FC
Saturday, August 8 Phoenix Rising FC
Saturday, August 22 Orange County SC
Saturday, September 5 FC Tulsa
Saturday, September 12 New Mexico United
Wednesday, September 16 Reno 1868 FC
Sunday, September 27 Rio Grande Valley FC
Saturday, October 17 Austin Bold FC

2019 Home Schedule Breakdown
By Month

March 1
April 1
May 3
June 3
July 2
August 2
September 4
October 2

By Day of the Week

Saturday 12
Wednesday 3
Thursday 1
Sunday 1

Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL.  Individual match tickets will be on sale at a later date.

El Paso Locomotive FC is offering Season Ticket opportunities, Groups, Hospitality, and Premium Seating Options for the 2020 season.

For more information please visit our website at eplocomotivefc.com, call 915-235-GOAL, or email tickets@eplocomotivefc.com

Locomotive adds European Experience by signing Sporting Lisbon’s Midfielder Fabrice Fokobo

Tuesday morning, El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced the signing of Cameroonian midfielder, Fabrice Fokobo pending league and federation approval.

“Fabrice is a very versatile player, playing in the 8, 6 or CB position to a very high level. His experience in Europe the past 6 years, at a club of the caliber of Sporting Lisbon, shows the type of professionals we want to bring to El Paso,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “His ability and athleticism will strengthen the depth of our midfield and backline. I believe games are won and lost in the midfield, particularly in the USL where most teams are physical and very transitional.”

“We are a team that likes to possess the ball, so having a strong midfield with strength in depth will allow us to control opposition counter-attacks, which historically has been an area where most teams try and capitalize against us. Fabrice will be a key part of this, along with Distel and the returning midfielders to enable us to control each element of the game,” Lowry added.

Fokobo played his youth career with NQSA (Njala Quan Sports Academy) in his home country of Cameroon. His senior career sent him to Portugal where he has spent the past seven years with Sporting Lisbon who compete in the top-flight of the Portuguese league.

He spent stints with various clubs in the Portuguese football system whilst on loan, most recently playing with Real Sport Clube. The 25-year-old midfielder has also represented Cameroon at the U17 level.

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

USL Championship announces 2020 Home Openers; Locos take on Portland March 14

TAMPA – The United Soccer League announced on Monday the home openers for all 35 clubs in the USL Championship, with the league’s 10th anniversary season set to kick off on Friday, March 6.

The 2020 campaign opens with a Friday doubleheader that will feature three teams that reached the postseason in the Western Conference last season, with Orange County SC set to host El Paso Locomotive FC in the opening game at Championship Stadium in California before Tacoma Defiance takes on Reno 1868 FC at Cheney Stadium.

“Coming off the success of our inaugural season we are thrilled to open our home campaign on March 14th against Portland Timbers 2. We opened up last season at home in front of an electric sold-out crowd and showed the nation that we are a soccer city. Coupled with the high-level team Coach Mark Lowry has been putting together this off-season and our loyal fanbase, we know that Southwest University Park will be the place to be on March 14th as we begin our Quest for the West,” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest.

The first Saturday of the season contains plenty to watch for, too, with perennial playoff contenders North Carolina FC hosting Louisville City FC and the New York Red Bulls II hosting the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

In the Western Conference, Real Monarchs SLC will open its title defense on the road against San Antonio FC, while two sides that reached the postseason in their inaugural seasons will kick off their second campaigns when Austin Bold FC hosts New Mexico United.

The weekend’s marquee matchup arrives late on Saturday night when expansion side San Diego Loyal SC, led by Landon Donovan, hosts Las Vegas Lights FC and Head Coach Eric Wynalda as the former U.S. Men’s National Team legends square off on the sidelines for the first time.

Other notable home openers include the first game at home for defending champion Real Monarchs SLC, which welcomes 2019 Regular Season Title-Winner Phoenix Rising FC to Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday, March 14, while Miami FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies will meet for the first time in the USL Championship on Friday, March 13 at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

Louisville City FC will be the visitor for two early 2019 Eastern Conference playoff rematches as it visits Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday, March 21 at Highmark Stadium and then takes on Indy Eleven on April 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The two-time champion will then open its new 11,700-seat Lynn Family Stadium on Saturday, April 11 as it plays host to Birmingham Legion FC, kicking off a new era for the club as it aims to reach the USL Championship Final for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season.

2020 USL Championship Home Openers

March 6
Orange County SC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC
Tacoma Defiance vs. Reno 1868 FC

March 7
Austin Bold FC vs. New Mexico United
Memphis 901 FC vs. Indy Eleven
New York Red Bulls II vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
North Carolina FC vs. Louisville City FC
OKC Energy FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Philadelphia Union II vs. Loudoun United FC
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Portland Timbers 2

Sacramento Republic FC vs. FC Tulsa
Saint Louis FC vs. Miami FC
San Antonio FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC
San Diego Loyal SC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC

March 8
ATL UTD 2 vs. Charleston Battery
Rio Grande Valley FC vs. LA Galaxy II
Sporting Kansas City II vs. Charlotte Independence

March 13
LA Galaxy II vs. Austin Bold FC
Miami FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

March 14
Charlotte Independence vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. San Antonio FC
El Paso Locomotive FC vs. Portland Timbers 2
FC Tulsa vs. New Mexico United
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC
Real Monarchs SLC vs. Phoenix Rising FC
Reno 1868 FC vs. OKC Energy FC

March 15
Birmingham Legion FC vs. Charleston Battery

March 21
Hartford Athletic vs. Charleston Battery
New Mexico United vs. El Paso Locomotive FC

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Louisville City FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. North Carolina FC

March 22
Portland Timbers 2 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

March 28
Charleston Battery vs. Philadelphia Union II

April 4
Indy Eleven vs. Louisville City FC
April 11
Louisville City FC vs. Birmingham Legion FC

May 6
Loudoun United FC vs. Charlotte Independence

All aboard, year two is almost here! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL

Defender Andrew Fox renews contract with Locomotive for 2020 Season

On Thursday morning, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced that they renewed Andrew Fox’s contract for 2020, pending league and federation approval.

“Andrew grew in stature and confidence as the season went on. He is comfortable anywhere across the backline and he is a very accomplished footballer. He is another integral part of our defensive organization, who has an understanding of how we want to play with and without the ball. His character and personality off the field make him a joy to work with and I am looking forward to building on his success in 2019,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry

Fox appeared in 30 matches for the Locos where he contributed significantly to the esteemed Locomotive defensive effort and was instrumental in El Paso achieving one of the lowest shots faced in the league for the 2019 season.

With El Paso, Fox registered 106 clearances (second-highest on team behind captain Chiro N’toko) and 15 blocked shots (highest on the team). Fox scored two goals as a defender this season, one of them being the sole El Paso goal in the Western Conference Final.

“The Englishman has shown his versatility this season with stints as a left-back, center back and forward,” team officials added.

Locomotive FC Defender Drew Beckie Returns for 2020 Season

El Paso Locomotive FC has signed Canadian defender Drew Beckie for the 2020 season.

“It’s an honor to be able to work with Drew for another year. Everyone who knows Drew will tell you what an incredible human being he is, but he is also a fierce competitor with a willingness to listen, learn and improve his game every single day. He is exactly the type of player and person we want here in El Paso and he is a major part of our culture and growth as a team,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.

Beckie was added to the Locomotive roster midseason by way of trade with OKC Energy FC.  The defender immediately found his stride in the El Paso system and appeared for the Locos 19 times and started in 17 of those contests.

Beckie joins nine returning players from the inaugural campaign and one new player (Distel Zola).

El Paso’s technical staff are currently building the 2020 roster and are building towards a successful second season.  Team officials add that there will be more player announcements in the future.

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

Locomotive FC Signs former Ligue 1 Defensive Midfielder Distel Zola

El Paso Locomotive FC has signed their first new player for the 2020 season as Distel Zola will join the Locos from Tours FC in France where he spent the 2018-2019 season.

“To be able to add a player of Distel’s quality and experience to our group is something I am extremely excited about. His mentality as a top pro in the French leagues and his international experience with France and Congo make him an experienced high level professional. He will add leadership in the locker room and allow us to continue to raise our standards within the group. On the field, his physical presence, power and running ability combined with his quality on the ball will give us another dimension to our game. I am looking forward to Distel integrating with the group and getting on the field in 2020,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry

Zola began his professional club career with Monaco in the highly esteemed Ligue 1 and has spent the majority of his career in the French football system.

The former French youth national team player has made appearances at the U16, U17, U18, and U19 level before switching his International allegiance to the Democratic Republic of Congo where he has appeared for the national team 21 times.

Zola will join nine returners from year one on the Locomotive roster.

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

Locomotive FC Captain Chiro N’toko returns for second season

El Paso Locomotive FC Captain Chiro N’toko is locked in for year two. The Belgian defender was an integral part of the Locomotive defensive and possessive model.

N’toko appeared for the Locos 28 times and battled a midseason injury that made the defender miss a string of matches.

“Chiro led by example throughout the whole of 2019 and was a major influence on and off the field. His performances were a key piece in forming our strong defensive unit. Defending is an art form, and Chiro is a player who exemplifies that expression. His experience and quality was there for all to see and to be able to bring him back as our Captain is something that I am very proud of,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.

While wearing the captain armband N’toko registered a team-high 108 clearances, blocked 14 shots, and led the team in passing accuracy (91.5 percent).

Team officials point to N’toko’s “high caliber of professionalism and defensive prowess” as key factor in El Paso conceding the second least amount of goals in the Western Conference.

All aboard, year two is almost here, and Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL

Video+Gallery+Story: Locomotive FC unveils custom jerseys for second season

El Paso Locomotive FC continue their culture of creativity, imagination, and excellence by providing fans and players with one of a kind kits for year two; a collaboration between BLK and El Paso Locomotive designer, Itzel Zambrano.

“El Paso was very clear that they wanted their kit to represent their community, their core values and the spirit of the Locos. They did not want an off-the-shelf solution which is offered by most other brands. It has been a collaborative journey between BLK and Locomotive in bringing the new range to life. We are sure the players and fans will be very proud of the end result and to wear a quality kit that is exclusive to El Paso Locomotive,” stated Tyron Brant, BLK Chief Executive Officer.

The Dark Blue jersey brings a sense of modern style to a classic “chevron” pattern famously used by some of the biggest clubs in global soccer.

With the chevrons pointing downward and incorporating a number of various tones from the blue color palette, this jersey incorporates both West Texas Sky and Desert Dusk in a stylized hombre pattern famously used by clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United over the years.  A predominantly dark jersey, this will be a mainstay for the team as they begin their 2020 play.

With both a touch of modern flair and classical homage to soccer from around the globe, this jersey provides fans with an updated look to last year’s Desert Dusk kit.

The Light Blue and White Jersey, as with the dark jersey, takes a classic soccer aesthetic and adds in a contemporary touch.  The “sash” has been used by mega-clubs such as River Plate, Inter Milan, LA Galaxy and both the US and Mexico National teams.  This take is a stylized sfumato, which blends light to dark and the design approach blends many small dots into one cohesive sash, tricking the eye to see one clear pattern from afar but upon closer inspection is made up of many small dots. This clean and bold look blends both classic and modern styles for an unmistakable look leading into 2020.

“Transitioning from neon green and pink to a strong red and emboldened yellow, our keepers are taking on a ferocious and intimidating look for 2020.  With a monochromatic look returning for 2020, a more connected feel between the field players and goalkeepers was the objective,” officials with the club shared.

Instead of a separate design for their 2019 uniforms, their reflective kits take on the two styles of the field players for 2020.

“Though subtle, the red jersey mimics the chevron patterns of the dark blue kit and the yellow jersey mimics the “sash” look of the white and light blue kits,” Locomotive officials added. “Representing one unified group on and off the field, 2020 promises to be a year to remember not only from a competition side but also a stylistic perspective.”

Fans can reserve their 2020 jerseys via this link.

Gallery by Johnny Yturales – El Paso Herald Post & EP Locomotive

Video & Photos courtesy El Paso Locomotive FC/Facebook

 

Locomotive FC’s Contreras, Kiffe, Navarro and Castellanos are out of Contract ahead of 2020 Season

El Paso Locomotive FC’s Sebastian Contreras, James Kiffe, Daniel Navarro, and Joshua Castellanos are out of contract for the 2020 season.

“We want to extend our best wishes to Sebastian, James, Daniel and Joshua in their future soccer endeavors. All four players were instrumental in our inaugural season and as a club we look forward to seeing what they accomplish next,” said General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest.

El Paso Locomotive FC currently have eight players returning for the 2020 season; Nick Ross, Mechack Jérôme, Richie Ryan, Logan Ketterer, Bryam Rebellon, Omar Salgado, Yuma, and Alexy Bosetti.

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

Back on Board! El Paso Locomotive FC Midfielder Nick Ross locked in for 2020 Season

Scottish midfielder Nick Ross will be returning for the 2020 season.

“For me, Nick is one of the most underrated players in the league,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry shared. “He is incredibly intelligent; he has the running ability to cover more ground than anyone else during a game and is technically proficient with both feet.”

The versatile midfielder, Ross, appeared for the Locos 32 times (out of 38 matches) in the 2019 campaign; recording two goals, two assists, and closed the season with a 90 percent passing accuracy.

“Nick’s intelligence allows us to experiment tactically and offers solutions to our build-up and possession play. He was a joy to work with in 2019, he is one of the most popular players on the roster and I am honored to have him back in a Locomotive jersey next season,” Lowry added.

The calm and cool 27-year-old midfielder completed 31 key passes in the inaugural season and showcased his class as a regular fixture in Lowry’s starting 11 thirty times in 2019.

All aboard, year two is almost here! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL.

Haitian National Team veteran Mechack Jérôme returning to Locomotive FC for 2020

El Paso Locomotive FC has renewed Haitian defender Mechack Jérôme’s contract for the 2020 season.

“Prior to Mechack’s injury, the Locomotive faithful were presented with glimpses of the quality that Mechack possesses. His passing range and composure on the ball allows us to dictate possession out of the back, his 1v1 defending and athleticism allows us to play higher up the field and take more risks when attacking. I cannot wait to see him back on the field in 2020, he is a very exciting player and someone I just love working with,” stated Head Coach Mark Lowry.

The powerhouse defender made ten appearances for El Paso before being called up to represent Haiti in the 2019 Gold Cup. While on international duty, Jérôme suffered a season-ending injury and spent the remainder of the 2019 season recovering.

He is expected to be fully and readily available for the 2020 season.

In his limited appearances with El Paso this season, Jérôme recorded 45 clearances, four blocks and nine interceptions. He is a vital asset in the Mark Lowry possession model and will be a key defensive element in the 2020 campaign.

Jérôme is the seventh returning player for next season; joining Richie Ryan, Logan Ketterer, Bryam Rebellon, Omar Salgado, Yuma, and Alexy Bosetti.

All aboard, year two is almost here! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL.

Locomotive Forward Jerome Kiesewetter Signs with MLS Club Inter Miami FC

El Paso Locomotive FC forward Jerome Kiesewetter has signed with Inter Miami FC. Kiesewetter will join the David Beckham-owned Major League Soccer club, which is set to play its first season in 2020.

“Jerome made a huge impact on and off the field while in El Paso. We thank him for his commitment here and we wish him all the best with Inter Miami. At El Paso Locomotive we pride ourselves on player development and offering a platform through our style of play for players like Jerome to grow and establish themselves as top players within the USL, while also showcasing the ability and potential to move to MLS or beyond,” commented Head Coach Mark Lowry.

“This is another example of how El Paso Locomotive has truly arrived within the global soccer landscape and Jerome’s success, and the success we had on the field in 2019, only motivates us to strive for more in 2020.”

Kiesewetter joined El Paso in early April from Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf and brought with him an attacking prowess and finishing ability.

The German-born American striker appeared in 28 matches and led the team in goals scored (12); he sparked the flame that would lead El Paso to find its rhythm in the attacking half.

Locomotive FC announces 6 players from Inaugural Season are Returning for the 2020 Season

El Paso Locomotive FC announces six players from the inaugural season are returning to fulfill their two-year contracts for the 2020 season. Richie Ryan, Logan Ketterer, Bryam Rebellon, Omar Salgado, Yuma, and Alexy Bosetti will be the first players signed to the 2020 Locomotive roster, pending league and federation approval.

“Richie is such an integral part of what we are trying to create here on and off the field. His quality on the ball and intelligence on the field is second to none, and his leadership and character off the field help us cultivate an environment of high standards. He is a key figure in this process,” stated Head Coach Mark Lowry.

Midfielder Richie Ryan made 31 appearances for the Locos this season and recorded the fourth-highest passing accuracy for the squad at 90.4 percent. Ryan made his professional debut with Sunderland in the English Premier League in the 2003 season. He was an integral component of the midfield and highly contributed to El Paso’s average match possession of 57 percent across the season.

Logan Ketterer held down the starting goalkeeper position and had 14 clean sheets, putting him in fifth place across the entire league. Ketterer saved 80 percent of the penalties taken against him showing his elite level of play. Ketterer recorded the second least goals against in the Western Conference for the 2019 campaign and faced only 129 shots; a testament to the defensive prowess of El Paso.

Lowry commented on Ketterer’s season, “We saw Logan get better and better as the 2019 season went along. He was a key part of the best defense in the West and I am excited to see how Logan continues to grow into his role and status as one of the best keepers in the USL.”

“Bryam’s intensity both going forward and defending is a key piece of our identity as a team. His reputation as a high-level right back was recognized throughout the 2019 season, and I cannot wait to continue my work with Bryam and to see him reach even greater heights in 2020,” said Lowry.

Bryam Rebellon has appeared for Locomotive 27 times this season, notching two goals, 53 interceptions, and boasted a 79 percent successful tackle rate. Rebellon was instrumental in the defensive efforts of El Paso and shutting down opposing team’s attack and routinely muted their most explosive players.

Omar Salgado was the very first player signed to the Locomotive roster and appeared in every match (38), the most of any player on the squad. The hometown kid, Salgado, scored three goals in Locomotive colors and provided the second most assists (seven) in the 2019 campaign. He proved himself to be one of the most difficult players in the league to face on the wing, showcasing his raw athleticism and strength on a consistent basis.

“It was enjoyable to watch Omar grow as the season went along. His all-around game, on both sides of the ball, evolved and developed as the season progressed. When he gets running with the ball, he is very exciting to watch and he is a very dangerous player for opposition defenses within the league,” commented Lowry on the club’s first signing.

Yuma appeared for El Paso 26 times this season and amassed a 90.6 percent passing accuracy. For the 2019 campaign, Yuma recorded 2 assists and 20 key passes as a midfielder and defender. He was a key component in the Loco’s defensive and possessive gameplay.

Lowry stated that “Yuma exemplifies what being a winner is all about. His desire to win, not only in games, but during training sessions, is such an important characteristic when trying to create a winning culture. He is another player with bags of experience and will play another pivotal role in our success next season.”

“Alexy showed glimpses of his quality during his short time here last season. He is a player we are excited about for 2020, someone we see with huge potential to make a real impact on the league. His playing background really fits the type of profile we want here at the club,” said Lowry. Alexy Bosetti joined Locomotive in mid-August by way of trade with OKC Energy FC. Since joining the Locos, Bosetti has scored two goals and proved to be another tool in the Lowry attack.

El Paso Locomotive’s Edson Partida will be returning to Toluca per his loan agreement which extended through the 2019 regular season. While with El Paso, Partida notched six goals across 15 appearances.

Partida was also awarded the number one play by Sports Center Top Ten in August for his bicycle kick stunner against Tacoma.

El Paso Locomotive is currently working on additional player announcements for the 2020 season and will announce the renewals and new signings once they are confirmed.

All aboard, year two is almost here! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL.

Locomotive Begins postseason #Track2TheTrophy in Inaugural Year

El Paso Locomotive FC will kick off their inaugural postseason campaign by taking to the road and facing Fresno FC on Saturday, October 26th at 8:30 p.m. MT.

“The entire team, coaching staff and front office are thrilled to be the highest-seeded expansion team in the 2019 Championship Playoffs as well as the highest-seeded Texas team. The team has been playing extraordinary football the last six weeks which we hope will culminate in a road win at Fresno this weekend. We aren’t just happy we got in, we are here to win games and that will be the mentality when we travel to Fresno,” stated Andrew Forrest, General Manager, Business Operations.

The USL Championship Playoffs begin this Wednesday with a play-in round between the lowest four seeds in the Western Conference.

Locomotive will be hosting five watch parties across the city so fans can come together and cheer on the Locos in every corner of El Paso.

The locations are Union Drafthouse East, Union Drafthouse West, Cabo Joes, The Palomino Tavern, and Brass Monkey. Fans will have access to accompanying drink specials with prizes and Locomotive gear to be raffled off at each location.

El Paso holds the opportunity to host a home playoff match on Saturday, November 2nd if they win in Fresno this weekend, and if Reno loses their match; making Locomotive the highest seed in their section of the bracket.

Fans are encouraged to purchase their home playoff tickets by visiting  the Locomotive website or calling 915-235-GOAL.

The single-elimination tournament concludes on Sunday, November 17th where the last remaining team in the West and East play for the Championship Trophy.

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