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Video+Gallery+Story: Locomotive, NM United end up with 2-2 tie

It was a hard fought middle of the week match, as New Mexico United took on the homestanding Locomotive Wednesday night at Southwest University Park.

El Paso Locomotive FC (1-0-2, 5 points) split the points with a 2-2 scoreline against New Mexico United following a heated contest in the rain on Wednesday. FW Omar Salgado and DF Andrew Fox each recorded goals for the equalizer.

“Every point is important, not losing games is important, we are unbeaten in three, ” said Head Coach Mark Lowry, in a post-game press conference. “All those things are important and right now, it’s just raw because we had the chances to win the game. I think we are the team that’s most disappointed with the tie which says a lot about the group we have. We want to win every game.”

The derby got off to a quick start as United played in high pressure, punishing Locomotive on small mistakes in passing. The high pressure paid off early as an awkward bounce in the pass back landed at the feet of Chris Wehan who converted the opening goal. While Locomotive survived the heavy pressure through the rest of the first half, the El Paso side came back fighting late in the first when Salgado snuck one into the net in the 43rd minute and Fox converted on the follow-through following chaos after a corner in extra time.

The early moments of the second half, Locomotive was the stronger team, putting pressure in around Cody Mizell’s goal, however, New Mexico United quickly regained its high-pressure play, taking control of possession. As the rain started to fall, the game turned into an intense back and forth as each side fought for control. Though Locomotive sought the go-ahead against a 10-man United, the two split the points on the night.

UP NEXT: Locomotive FC returns to Southwest University Park for round two against New Mexico United. Kickoff is set for 7:30 P.M. MT on Friday, July 24, and will be presented live on ESPN+ and El Paso – Las Cruces CW.

GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN

NM: Chris Wehan, 11th minute – New Mexico started off with high pressure in the first half, keeping Locomotive deep within its own half. Ketterer was unable to handle a pass back from Jerome, allowing a Wehan in waiting to clean up the pieces and send United ahead with the opening goal.

ELP: Omar Salgado, 43rd minute – Bryam Rebellon took the run down the flank on the right side before sending a low pass to the far post where the ball took a small deflection off a New Mexico defender and into the path of Omar Salgado who snuck a strike into the back of the net.

ELP: Andrew Fox, 45th+4 minute – A corner kick sent into the middle of the box, and an attempted bicycle kick sees the ball loose in the penalty area following a deflection from United goalkeeper, Cody Mizell. Fox was quick on the reflexes to respond cleaning up the goal for the Locomotive advantage.

NM: Devon Sandoval (PK), 77th minute – A bad sliding tackle at the top of the box prompts the ref to point to the spot in favor of United. Sandoval stepped up to the spot and sent the ball to the low left, barely slipping past an outreached Logan Ketterer.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was at the match and we bring you his view of the excitement via this gallery.

El Paso Locomotive FC Signs Defender Eder Borelli

Tuesday morning, El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced the signing of defender Eder Borelli from Liga MX side FC Juarez, pending league and federation approval.

“The addition of Eder is great for the team,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry. “He has quality and experience and that will contribute positively to what is already a strong group of players. This is also another great benefit to sharing an ownership group and having this relationship with FC Juarez. There are so many great players in both clubs and with Eder now joining the Locomotive it just signifies the strength of the relationship. We are extremely fortunate to have this opportunity.”

The move deepens the relationship between the neighboring Borderplex clubs, building on the existing loan of midfielder Josué Aarón Gómez to Locomotive FC from the Bravos.

Borelli has played a seasoned career throughout Liga MX, having played a year with Querétaro, scoring one goal in 24 appearances, before making the move to UANL Tigres.

During his tenure at Tigres, the Mexican defender helped lift his side to the Apertura 2011 Championship before going on loan to Correcaminos and Atlante recording two goals over 39 appearances across the two teams.

The 29-year-old international transferred to FC Juarez on loan in 2015 before signing with Los Bravos in 2017, tallying three goals in 106 appearances throughout his Los Bravos career.

In 2011, Borelli made three appearances for the Mexico Youth National Teams, once with the U-20 side and twice with the U-23s.

Player Information

Name: Eder Borelli
Position: Defender
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 154 lbs
Born: 11/25/1990 (29 yo)
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Last Club: FC Juarez (Liga MX)

Locomotive FC opts to play first two home games without fans in attendance

Monday afternoon, El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced that their first two matches at home would be played without any fans in attendance.

“Due to the ongoing developments revolving around COVID-19 locally and statewide, El Paso Locomotive FC has made the decision to play without fans in attendance for the Saturday, July 11 Return to Play Home Opener vs Rio Grande Valley FC and the Wednesday, July 15 match against New Mexico United,” Locomotive officials shared.

This Saturday’s match will be broadcast on El Paso-Las Cruces CW and nationally on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday’s match will only be on ESPN+ starting at 8:00 p.m. MT.

“Locomotive FC will continue to diligently monitor the situation and remain in constant communication with health officials as the club moves forward with future home matches and the 2020 season,” club officials added.

Fans may still support El Paso Locomotive FC from home via the Cutout Conductor program, while watching the games on El Paso-Las Cruces CW and ESPN+.

To purchase or to get more information on the Cutout Conductors, click here.

Account Executives for Season Ticket Memberships and Group and Premium Sales are contacting Season Ticket Members regarding the status of their current packages.

For information regarding single-game ticket purchases please email info@eplocomotivefc.com or text (915)-235-GOAL.

Video+Story: El Paso Locomotive FC 2020 Return to Play schedule: 8 home matches set

El Paso Locomotive FC unveiled its 2020 Regular Season ‘Return to Play’ schedule in conjunction with USL Championship Thursday.

The Locomotive Return to Play schedule boasts eight games at Southwest University Park, five of which are played on Saturdays. Locomotive FC kicks off its return to play with an inter-group match as the Copa Tejas rivalry reignites against Rio Grande Valley FC.

The Locos resume the 2020 Regular Season as part of Group C alongside Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, New Mexico United, and 2019 USL Championship title winners Real Monarchs. Featuring three playoff teams – two of which were Western Conference finalists – and a rejuvenated Colorado side, Group C boasts high caliber teams that will bring fierce competition for a 2020 playoff spot.

Locomotive is set to play each team in its group four times in a two-home and two-away format, rounding out the remaining three games with inter-group play against Texas rivals Rio Grande Valley FC and San Antonio FC as well as 2019 Regular Season title winners Phoenix Rising FC.

After opening the Return to Play season against RGVFC, Locomotive welcomes New Mexico United for back-to-back games at Southwest University Park on July 15 and July 24. Locomotive FC highlights each Saturday in August starting with a contest away against Phoenix Rising and home and away matches with Colorado Springs and Real Monarchs.

September proves to be the tightest month with 6 games slated. The Locos play on each Saturday while playing Switchbacks FC on two separate Wednesdays, however, September is highlighted with three straight home matches at Southwest University Park.

The 2020 season comes to a head with a 2019 Western Conference final rematch on October 4th as Locomotive FC travels to Utah to play Real Monarchs.

Locomotive FC holds a 2-1-3 (9 points) record across all three teams in its group. Throughout its 2019 inaugural campaign, the Locos swept the Colorado series with two wins, recorded a loss and a draw against New Mexico United, while playing to scoreless draws against the Monarchs.

Current 2020 ticket holders will receive additional information via email on how to select tickets to upcoming Locomotive games. To receive the latest details on ticketing, sign up for the waiting list here.

For fans wishing to purchase a Cutout Conductor to represent them in the stands, visit the Cutout Conductor website here.

 

All Aboard! Locomotive FC Set to host Rio Grande Valley FC in return to play opener

Thursday morning, El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced the club will return to play on Saturday, July 11th with a homecoming at Southwest University Park against Rio Grande Valley FC.

“We are very excited to be back in action on July 11 and playing at home in El Paso makes it even more special,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry.

“We have always taken great pride in representing the Borderplex community and playing for each and every El Pasoan during what has been a difficult year for everyone makes this an emotional moment. We are the only live professional sport in El Paso at the moment, and we want to put on a show for everyone watching at Southwest University Park or at home. I do ask that everyone continues to follow CDC guidelines, wear your mask and maintain the required distancing inside and outside of the stadium so we can put a show on for you all in a safe and friendly environment.”

The inter-group play serves as one of three matches for Locomotive outside of Group C and reignites the Copa Tejas rivalry for 2020.  Ticketing information will be made available shortly.

To receive the latest details on ticketing, sign up for the waiting list here.

Locomotive FC and Rio Grande Valley faced off twice in 2019, seeing the two sides play to a 2-2 draw at Southwest University Park and a 1-0 loss on the road. The opening weekend matchup marks the first game for Locomotive since its scoreless season opener in early March and the first at Southwest University Park since the exciting 3-0 win over Sacramento Republic FC in the 2019 USL Championship Western Conference Semifinals.

Current 2020 ticket holders will receive additional information via email on how to select tickets to upcoming Locomotive games. To receive the latest details on ticketing, sign up for the waiting list here.

Fans unable to attend the match in person can become a Cutout Conductor by purchasing a cutout image of themselves to help fill the stands in home games through the 2020 season. For more information or to purchase a Cutout Conductor, visit the Cutout Conductor website here.

For the most up-to-date information, follow @EPLocomotiveFC on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, visit eplocomotivefc.com, or call 915-235-GOAL.

Locomotive FC launches Cutout Conductors ahead of 2020 Return to Play

Fans of El Paso Locomotive FC have the option to help fill the stands with a standup image of themselves during home games at Southwest University Park as a Cutout Conductor, the club announced Monday.

“One of our Sales Executives, saw this idea from a team in Germany and we quickly adapted it for El Paso,” said Andrew Forrest, General Manager, Business Operations.

“This is an innovative idea that we thought could be great fun for Locomotive fans, whether they attend the game or not.  Dovetailing that with the ability to benefit COVID-19 relief funds, it was a no brainer.  We appreciate L&F Distributors working with us on this idea and helping to bring it to fruition.  I cannot wait to see all these ‘fans’ in Southwest University Park on July 11th.”

A portion of the net proceeds from Cutout Conductors sold will benefit COVID-19 relief funds in the El Paso community.

Presented by Estrella Jalisco and Stars Scholarship Fund, cutouts can be purchased starting at $35 by clicking here.

The team is finalizing details related to the number of fans that will be able to attend 2020 Locomotive home matches in-person.

The Cutout Conductors will be placed in various sections throughout Southwest University Park and will represent the team’s fans as Locomotive FC continues through its second season of the USL Championship.

Fans will be able to upload a hi-res photo from the waist up wearing their Locos gear (hats, scarves, jerseys, shirts, etc.)  and that picture will be printed on a 19″x 36″ cutout.

The cutouts will help fill the stands throughout the remainder of the 2020 USL Championship season.

At the conclusion of the season, each cutout will be signed by a Locomotive FC player before being returned to the fan to take home as a keepsake.

For more information or to become a Cutout Conductor, please visit the Cutout Conductors website here.

El Paso Locomotive FC, Midfielder Alexy Bosetti mutually agree to part ways

El Paso Locomotive FC and midfielder Alexy Bosetti have mutually agreed to part ways, the club announced Sunday.

“I want to say thank you to all the fans, the staff, my teammates and all the people around the team,” said Bosetti. “I want to thank them for the year here in El Paso. I appreciated every moment. Stay El Paso strong.”

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with Alexy,” commented Mark Lowry, Head Coach and Technical Director.

“He is an incredibly talented footballer. We have enjoyed every moment of him being here in El Paso. He has contributed to the group. We wish him all the luck in the world as he returns to France and continues to pursue his great career in soccer.”

Bosetti played 1,403 minutes for Locomotive across 28 games (17 starts) through the inaugural 2019 season in USL Championship.

The midfielder tallied two goals and three assists during his Locomotive tenure.

USL Championship unveils 2020 Season Format

The USL Championship announced on Wednesday an updated format for the remainder of the 2020 season that will see clubs divided into eight groups to complete a 16-game regular season followed by a single-elimination playoff.

El Paso Locomotive FC will have 15 games remaining in its schedule after having secured an important point on the road against Orange County SC in March to open the season.

Championship clubs will be divided into eight regionalized groups with each team completing a 16-game regular season. There will be five groups made up of four teams, and three groups made up of five teams to cover the 35 member clubs of the Championship.

The regular-season games will be played over 13 weeks, concluding on the weekend of October 2-4. Games completed prior to the season suspension in March will be counted and included in the schedule, with teams that were active on the opening weekend of the season having 15 games remaining in their schedule.

Each team’s schedule will be made up of 12 games from within its own group, with the remaining four games to be played against teams that fall within a similar geographic region. Through this, each team placed in a four-team group will play its four fellow group members three times.

Games played prior to the suspension will count toward the allotment of 16 overall games, either as in-group contests or as one of the additional four contests that will complete the schedule.

Teams will be initially scheduled to play a balanced schedule of eight games home and away in regular season. However, the Board of Governors has also approved the ability for clubs to play an unbalanced amount of home and away matches, if necessary.

For example, if a club is experiencing difficulties with venue availability due to the impact of COVID-19 in their community.

As previously announced, the Championship will allow five substitutes to be used for the remainder of the 2020 season, with each team having three opportunities to make its substitutions during regular play.

Substitutions may also be made at halftime without counting against a club’s three in-game opportunities.

The 2020 season will conclude with the top two teams from each group in the regular season advancing to the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs, producing a field of 16 teams overall in a regionalized single-elimination bracket. Group winners will be paired with Group runners-up in the round of 16 with home advantage being determined by record for the remainder of the bracket.

For the latest information on the 2020 USL Championship Season, follow @eplocomotivefc on social media.

For information on Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets and to be first on the ticket waiting list for 2020, signup via this link or call or text 915-235-GOAL.

Video+Story: Locomotive continue tuning up ahead of July 11th return to play

With less than a month to go before a return to the pitch, El Paso Locomotive team members and staff continue their workouts in earnest.

According to a release from the team, starting Wednesday, June 24, the USL Training Moratorium will be lifted.

Permitting approval from local and state health officials as well as USL HQ, teams will be allowed to return to full-sided contact training.

Just last week, both the USL and USL Players Association announced an agreement to return to play.

The USL Championship and the USL Players Association announced today that they have reached a formal agreement on a return to play for the 2020 season.

The two sides are now actively preparing for a July 11 restart to the 2020 Championship season and will resume negotiations on a historic first Collective Bargaining Agreement in the coming weeks.

Club officials also shared that the USL announced Tuesday, that the league will be adopting the 5 substitution rule.

Teams are still only allowed three in-game opportunities to make five substitutions, Subs made during half-time do not count towards the three in-game opportunities.

For up to date information on the team and the upcoming season, click here.

El Paso Locomotive FC unveils Locomotive Youth Soccer Club

Wednesday morning, El Paso Locomotive FC unveiled a new frontier for youth soccer in the El Paso community, launching the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club ahead of the 2020-21 youth soccer season.

“The Locomotive Youth Soccer Club will provide tremendous opportunities for local youth soccer players,” Bob Bigney, Locomotive FC Director of Youth Soccer shared.

“We have the top youth coaches in the area already on-board and will be looking for more coaches to join our Club. We have already identified many high-quality players that we will invite to join our teams and other interested players may contact us about team placement. The Locomotive Youth Soccer Club will provide a huge boost to the local youth soccer landscape.”

Bigney holds his US Soccer ‘A’ License, his Premier Coaching Diploma from United Soccer Coaches, and his National Youth License from US Soccer. He has worked in youth soccer for more than 30 years, serving as the Technical Director for New Mexico Youth Soccer, the Director of Coaching for Oregon Youth Soccer and has run top-level youth soccer clubs in several locations in the US.

With a direct connection to the Locomotive FC professional team, the new Youth Soccer Club embodies the United Soccer League (USL) “Pathway-to-Pro” vision. The Locomotive Youth Soccer Club will provide young players with the opportunity to develop alongside the first team, learning the core values and winning mentality that are central to Locomotive FC culture, while discovering their full potential.

The Club will support teams in various age groups and will play in elite events locally, regionally, and nationally.

The Locomotive Youth Soccer Club will aid young players in their development to become a part of the next generation of quality soccer players in El Paso. With an initial emphasis on elite teams within the Club, Locomotive Youth Soccer intends to expand to include younger age groups and opportunities for both girls and boys who are focused on playing at a recreational level.

“With Locomotive FC striving to win the USL Championship, it is valuable to have a strong youth soccer structure connected with the pro team,” Mark Lowry, Head Coach of Locomotive FC, commented. “Having youth players learning the Locomotive structure and culture will allow us to develop and identify players to advance to the next level.”

Locomotive FC takes this next step in youth soccer development having previously competed in high level events such as the FC Juarez Copa Bravos and the USL Academy Cup.

Club officials add that, running alongside established Locomotive Programs such as Lil’ Locos, the Player Development Program (PDP) and Soccer Camps Program, the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club will open new windows of opportunity for the El Paso community.

For all the latest information on Locomotive FC Youth Soccer, please visit their webpage or contact Bob Bigney at bbigney@eplocomotivefc.com.

USL enters Phase 2 for clubs, Locomotive begin expanded training

On Tuesday, select El Paso Locomotive FC players took to the pitch for practice, one day after USL Championship Soccer officials announced that league has entered Phase II of training protocols.

“The USL Championship and League One Task Forces, in conjunction with an affirmative vote by Championship and League One Board of Governors, have implemented Phase II training protocols, effective yesterday,” officials stated via their website.

As part of the Phase II protocols, Championship and League One are now permitted to – while staying in alignment with all local and state health authority guidance:

  • Expand non-contact training taking place on outdoor fields to include up to groups of ten

  • Allow coaches to provide technical instruction

  • Open weight room facilities

  • Expand player treatment beyond rehabilitative purposes

As part of the new protocols members of Locomotive FC hit the pitch to train in larger groups, as opposed to the previous small sided groups of 4.

As announced last week, the USL Championship has set a provisional return to play date of July 11.

For more information on the Locomotive, click here.

USL sets July 11th as provisional date to return to pitch; Locomotive FC to hold news conference Friday

El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced that the USL Championship Board of Governors voted on Thursday in favor of returning to play for the 2020 season, with a provisional start date set for July 11.

“The process to get to today’s vote has been a very deliberate and thoughtful one to ensure that, first and foremost, we proceed in a manner to appropriately manage the health and safety of all concerned,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford.

“This decision further solidifies and demonstrates the commitment of USL Championship to our communities and to establishing itself as a premier professional soccer league. On behalf of all of us associated with Locomotive FC, we thank our fans and this community for the amazing support we’ve received during a very challenging time for us all.”

While additional information on competition format, scheduling, broadcast, and other important details will be made available in the coming weeks, it’s important to note that the league’s return to play will be conducted in strict alignment with all local and state public health guidelines.

USL HQ also remains in regular dialogue with the USL Players Association on all matters concerning player health and wellness protocols and looks forward to continuing those discussions.

“To USL supporters across the country, we are grateful for your support throughout this process and look forward to being back in action with you all soon,” league officials added.

For up to date information on Locomotive FC, click here to visit their website.

El Paso Locomotive FC set to begin Small Group Training; Team continues fan outreach thru contests

El Paso Locomotive FC is set to return to training through small group sessions of no more than four players the club announced on Monday.

The announcement comes following the modifications of the USL Training Moratorium, however, in accordance with local and state health guidelines, as well as the guidelines outlined by the United Soccer League, no one other than the players and staff will be allowed be in attendance during the work outs.

As no date has been yet set for the return of soccer to the pitch, Locomotive team officials have announced several fan participation contests, to keep the faithful engaged during the sport’s hiatus.

Locos fans can upload match day videos and photos to their Fan’s Eye View presented by Estrella Jalisco for a chance to be the virtual Estrella of the Match. The person chosen as our virtual Estrella of the Match will win a exclusive Estrella Jalisco cooler

Each fan-submitted videos and photos will be put together in a video that shows the match day experience from the fans’ eyes.

As for team members, during the pandemic’s delay, they’ve kept their spirits up in unique ways.  In early May, squad members took part in a birthday parade for team member ‘Chapa’ Herrera.

“I was like, what’s happening out there?” Herrera laughed. “When [my wife] started recording me so I figured it was something. I thought it was just going to be my family, I didn’t think it would be the whole team.”

El Paso Locomotive FC teams with USL to donate online merchandise sales proceeds

El Paso Locomotive FC is teaming with USL Championship and various clubs across the league to support local charities through the month of April, the club announced Wednesday.

Locomotive FC, along with other clubs, have already begun using their online presence to help their local communities since the temporary suspension of the Championship season and delay to the start of the USL League One season were announced.

Teams, including El Paso Locomotive FC, will also be aiding in local charities during the upcoming USL eCup: Rocket League Edition that begins on Wednesday afternoon. Locomotive FC GK Logan Ketterer will be playing on behalf of the El Paso Food and Beverage Workers Fund throughout the online tournament.

In 35 communities across the country, USL Championship clubs will be participating in the initiative, with donations to be made to local charities of local charities of the club’s choosing.

“The El Paso Locomotive FC Foundation’s mission is to create a positive financial and cultural impact on families and children in our community through creative programs and events,” team officials shared. “El Paso Locomotive FC – in conjunction with MiLB side El Paso Chihuahuas – have helped local organizations raise more than $1.5 million through in-stadium fundraising, have provided $300,000 in monetary donations and $150,000 in in-kind donations.”

A percentage of all Locomotive FC merchandise sold online will be donated to the El Paso Locomotive FC Foundation to provide support during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the Locomotive FC Online Team Store to help support the Locomotive FC Foundation and those affected by COVID-19.

USL eCup: Rocket League Edition to Stream via ESPN Digital Platforms

TAMPA, Fl. – The United Soccer League (USL) announced Wednesday that its relationship with ESPN will extend to the esports realm, with the organization becoming the official streaming platform for USL eCup: Rocket League Edition, which will kick off on Wednesday afternoon on the ESPN app and ESPN.com.

The 32-team World Cup-style tournament features clubs from across the USL Championship and League One competing for bragging rights in the digital arena, and will also benefit local charities nominated by each club to receive donations from fans tuned into the broadcasts and the tournament over the next month.

“We are excited our first esports venture will be brought to fans on ESPN’s digital platforms,” said USL Sr. Vice President, Digital, Emerging Technology & Strategy Lizzie Seedhouse. “While we can’t wait to see our teams return to action on the field, this tournament will serve as a fun diversion that does a tremendous amount of good in communities across North America.”

The ESPN app provides sports fans with exclusive content covering the National Football League, College Football, Major League Soccer and more since its launch. The service will give all fans of the USL and esports with a Pay TV subscription the opportunity to watch every game in the USL eCup: Rocket League Edition.

USL on ESPN Game of the Week broadcast team Mike Watts (PBP) and Devon Kerr (Color) will provide commentary for every game of the tournament.

The tournament’s broadcasts will be produced by USL Productions, the league’s state-of-the-art broadcast production, broadcast and distribution facilities with VISTA Worldlink in south Florida.

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