El Paso Locomotive FC draws against Rio Grande Valley FC in the two clubs first meeting of the 2019 USL Championship season.
The Locomotive came out knocking, having good looks on goal early on in the match. They kept up the pressure and maintained 62.1 percent of the possession in the first half. El Paso took the first lead of the match in the 45th minute.
In the waning seconds of the half, Nick Ross sent a screamer through a defender’s legs and curled the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. The 1-0 lead would send things into halftime.
Locomotive kept the energy high in the second half. Nick Ross wasn’t done adding his name to the stat sheet. In the 77th minute, he glanced a ball across the goal, and it found the foot of Derek Gebhard who put it into the empty net. This is now Gebhard’s second goal of the season and his second time being named Estrella of the Match.
Shortly after the Gebhard goal to put Locomotive up two, Rio Grande Valley answered with one of their own. A rocket of a shot by Romilio Hernandez went into the back of the goal in the 78th minute to cut the lead in half. Rio Grande Valley ended up grabbing one more goal in the final minutes of the match to bring score level.
This match kicked off COPA Tejas, the supporter crafted Texas Derby between the four Texas USL Championship clubs; Austin Bold FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, Rio Grande Valley FC, and San Antonio FC.
After getting one point at home forward Derek Gebhard said, “It is all 11 of us out there, we defend as a team. We will go back to look at the video and see what mistakes we made and go from there.”
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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.
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Over the weekend, El Paso Locomotive FC and San Antonio FC fought to a draw in a preseason match in the Alamo City.
This budding Texas rivalry planted its early seeds. In a modified preseason format, the match consisted of a 45-minute period, a 30-minute period, and another 45-minute “mini game.”
This restructured format, especially in regard to the mini game, let El Paso Locomotive FC get the entirety of the squad on board. “All the guys got good minutes tonight and experience, which is important moving forward,” Said Head Coach Mark Lowry.
El Paso Locomotive came out swinging and looked to maintain and implement the high possession gameplay they exhibited this preseason.
With a few good looks on frame in the first half, one of the closest opportunities came off a bicycle kick by defender James Kiffe that kissed the cross bar. El Paso showed creativity in their attack and most importantly showed strength in their defense. Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer stepped up and showcased his pedigree, coming up with four massive saves to keep the sheet clean.
After 45 minutes, the sides remained scoreless and moved to the next period of play, scheduled for 30 minutes. In both halves, each side of the field saw action, with EP Locomotive and San Antonio FC fighting for the chance to take the lead.
After the final whistle, the game moved into what was labeled, a “mini game” that lasted 45 minutes and saw members of the Locomotive squad that shared common threads. The three local players, forward Omar Salgado, and midfielders Louis “Chapa” Herrera and Memo Diaz all saw the pitch together under the lights of Toyota Field.
“I am very happy with how the team competed, it was a great exercise for both teams and I am very pleased with how our team has progressed,” said Lowry after the 0-0 draw against Western Conference foe San Antonio FC.
El Paso Locomotive will play one final preseason match against OKC Energy FC in Tucson, Arizona on March 2nd.
The historic inaugural home opener takes place on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!
Tuesday afternoon, El Paso Locomotive FC signed 25-year-old goalkeeper, Jermaine Fordah, pending league and federation approval.
“Jermaine has earned his way into the squad, from attending Invitational tryouts and then performing well during preseason. On the field he will be a great back up to Logan and will work hard every day to make our goalkeeper department a strong one,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.
“In the locker room, his personality shines through and he brings a positive energy into the group which will be valuable throughout the season.”
Fordah was invited to attend the invitational tryouts in early December and impressed the coaching staff with his skill between the posts. He was extended an opportunity to participate as a trialist for preseason and extended his time with his stellar performance. After three weeks, he was offered a contract for the 2019 season.
Fordah was born in London, England and trained with the U23 side of English Premier League club, West Ham United for the 2016 and 2017 season.
Fordah most recently played with U.S. club, New York Cosmos B in the National Premier Soccer League.
The historic inaugural home opener takes place on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC! Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
El Paso Locomotive FC began their preseason schedule Saturday, January 26th with a match against Texas United (USL League Two.)
The Locomotive won 3-1 and while the preseason home matches aren’t open to the public, fans can be ready for the inaugural home opener on Saturday, March 9th against OKC Energy FC, by purchasing Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there to capture all the action via the gallery below.
El Paso Locomotive FC revealed their 2019 official kit and its manufacturer Tuesday afternoon.
The team’s inaugural uniform will include two different home jerseys and pays homage to El Paso and the Borderplex region. BLK was also announced as the official jersey manufacturer.
Locally owned Southwest University, the namesake of Southwest University Park, will be the presenting jersey partner. Estrella Jalisco (L&F Distributors), GECU and Helen of Troy are also jersey partners and Swift Transportation will be the sole shorts sponsor.
“Our organization is proud to have all five of our partners locally headquartered,” said Andrew Forrest, General Manager, Business Operations. “Local support is vital to the success of a young club and having these companies and brands partnered with us reinforces just how great we can be. We are proud to have them on our inaugural jersey and look forward to working together for years to come.”
The Locomotive will sport two home jerseys in 2019, the first is in the iconic West Texas Sky Blue that can be found in the El Paso Locomotive FC crest.
The jersey features a vertical railroad track on the front left with the Locomotive crest on the chest and pays homage to the region by incorporating the iconic El Paso Mountain Star on the lower back. A gradient checkered pattern rises from the bottom to mid-chest and gives the jersey a modern aesthetic with an ode to classic jersey design.
The second jersey features the Desert Dusk Blue and brings in additional design aspects from the EP Locomotive crest.
This jersey includes the grill of the Locomotive crest powerfully extending from the shoulders to the middle of the chest with the West Texas Sky Blue revealed beneath.
The sleeves introduce a unique gradient aspect that combines the two blues featured in the Locomotive crest and is rarely seen in jersey design, giving fans a one-of-a-kind piece.
Richard Upshall, Executive Chairman of BLK stated; “Having been in business in the great state of Texas for 25 years, it is immensely satisfying to be the trusted kit provider for this inaugural season for El Paso Locomotive FC, thank you to them and their fans!”
BLK – Beyond Limits Known — began operations as a rugby brand in Australia. RU Active is the licensee for the UK, USA, and Caribbean and have brought Beyond Limits Known to new homes for the BLK brand in soccer.
“We pick teams that want to push the boundaries,” Upshall said when referring to the partnership with Locomotive FC. “The passion of the leadership team is apparent. Everything we do, we do for longevity. We want to be a part of that family atmosphere and we will go beyond our limits here.”
BLK is also the official kit manufacturer for USL Championship club, Las Vegas Lights FC who play in the western conference of the USL Championship with Locomotive FC.
Jerseys are available for purchase at the Locomotive Team Shop on Tuesday, January 22 starting at 2 p.m. The Locomotive Team Shop and the Santa Fe Box Office’s hours will be extended until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
El Paso Locomotive FC Season Ticket Memberships, Groups and Hospitality, Individual Match, and Premium Seating Options for the historic 2019 inaugural season are on sale now! Seats are limited and filling up fast! For more information visit their website, call 915-235-GOAL, or email email@example.com.
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On Friday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of Colombian right back, Bryam Rebellon to the first-year squad.
Rebellon played his youth and early days of his professional career in Argentina and his home country of Colombia.
Playing with Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia’s top division and then spending time with Club Atletico Sarmiento in Argentina led Rebellon to the United States where he joined LA Galaxy II in 2016, where he appeared 24 times and netted two goals.
In 2017, Rebellon joined Jacksonville Armada (21 appearances), the former club of El Paso Locomotive Head Coach, Mark Lowry and teammates, Derek Gebhard, Joshua Castellanos and Yuma.
After a year stint in Jacksonville, Rebellon joined Swope Park Rangers of the USL Championship for the 2018 season and appeared in 26 matches.
“Bryam is another very intelligent footballer and an incredible athlete who possesses great technique” said Lowry. “He can play various positions, but over the past couple of years has really made the right back spot his home.”
“What really sets Bryam apart though, is his character and work ethic. A phenomenal worker who dedicates his life to being the best he can be on the field. I am looking forward to having another high-quality personality in our locker room,” continued Lowry.
El Paso Locomotive FC plays their first match in their inaugural 2019 season on March 9th, against OKC Energy FC at Southwest University Park at 7:30 PM.
Fans are encouraged to sign up for the individual match tickets waiting list on the EP Locomotive FC website.
El Paso Locomotive FC receives midfielder Edson Partida on loan from Deportivo Toluca F.C., who play in Liga MX and who have won the Mexican Primera Division 10 times (third most winningest club in Liga MX).
Partida also has experience on the U-20 side with Toluca; in Third Division with Buscando un Campeón and Cocula FC. He has appeared in matches with Chiapas U-17 side as well.
The 21-year-old Partida brings a youthful edge to the Locomotive roster with solid professional experience already under his belt in the top echelon of professional Mexican soccer.
“Partida is a young, hungry player, who for me, is a very exciting addition. He is a natural left winger, loves to run at defenders and has a toughness and determination about him that is very characteristic of Liga MX players,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry. “He is eager to learn and develop, and I know we can provide him the platform to grow on and off the field.”
The addition of Partida to the Locomotive roster for the 2019 season is another example of EP Locomotive’s opportunity to work with top tier clubs from around the world.
“We are getting attention from Liga MX’s teams who trust us to develop their talent. This is a massive step in our development as a club,” said Andrew Forrest General Manager, Business Operations.
The team that EP Locomotive FC Head Coach, Mark Lowry has been putting together for the inaugural season is taking shape with training camp and report dates for players set for the middle of January.
Partida is the 12th player announced, with more to follow in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, the El Paso Locomotive FC announced the signing of El Pasoan, Louis “Chapa” Herrera. Herrera piqued the interest of the Locomotive coaching staff during the 2018 Alianza de Futbol tournament in El Paso, where he competed with an all-star team comprised of former professionals and collegiate players.
“We saw him play at the Alianza tournament in September, where I think he ran 5,000 miles and didn’t give the ball away once all weekend,” said head coach Mark Lowry. “We invited him to tryouts where he performed well and once again showed his quality and potential.”
After a successful two days at the December 1 and 2 open tryouts, Herrera received a spot to attend the invitational tryout on December 8 and 9 where he continued to impress the staff.
A few weeks after the invitational tryout, Herrera came to the El Paso Locomotive offices with his family and was offered a contract for the inaugural 2019 season.
Lowry said, “In my years of doing this, I can honestly say it was one of my proudest moments sitting with Louis and his family while he signed forms to become a full-time professional soccer player.”
“At 22, he has incredible room for growth and the opportunity to change the lives of him and his family. This is what dreams are made of. Last week he was working construction, today he signed a professional contract,” said Lowry. “I am honored to be part of this journey with Louis and everyone else in El Paso who aspires to be something special”
Herrera is the second El Pasoan on the Locomotive roster, joining 2011 number one overall MLS SuperDraft pick, Omar Salgado.
When El Paso Locomotive takes the field on March 9, fans will be blown away by the high-level of play in the USL Championship.
General Manager, Business Operations Andrew Forrest said, “The fact that another local player has earned his way onto the first team and can compete at this level is encouraging and a great sign of the high-level of talent in El Paso.”