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El Paso Locomotive, Novamex to honor local High School Soccer Stars for ‘Jugadores Jarritos’

Continuing with its community spirit, El Paso Locomotive FC and Novamex will honor local high school soccer stars as the “Jugadores Jarritos” during halftime of the Locomotive match against Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Sept. 21st at Southwest University Park.

The Jugadores Jarritos are high school students who are standouts on and off the pitch. Spanning the city, from Canutillo High School to San Elizario High School, the all-stars were identified by their high school coaches and invited out to the Sept. 21st Locomotive FC match, along with their families.

The Jugadores Jarritos will also receive a prize pack from Jarritos.

Kickoff for the match is 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.

The 2019 Jugadores Jarritos are:

  • Karla Campos – Bel Air HS
  • Bianca Chacon – Franklin HS
  • Juan Contreras – Bel Air HS
  • Irvin Duran – Chapin HS
  • Chondra Espino – Canutillo HS
  • Victoria Fernandez – Franklin HS
  • Karina Gallegos – San Elizario HS
  • Alan Mendez – Canutillo HS
  • Jose Olmos – Del Valle HS
  • Jedrek Partoja – San Elizario HS
  • Kevin Pena – Bel Air HS
  • Yoshi Rubalcava – El Dorado HS
  • Victor Unzueta – San Elizario HS
  • Gabriel Valenzuela – Andress HS
  • Kennedy Varela – Franklin HS

Also in attendance will be Luis Fernandez, Novamex CEO, Ramon Carrasco, Novamex COO, and Tomas DeLeon, CFO, who will join the honorees on-field.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, September 21st against Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

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

Locomotive fall to Orange County 2-0; Return home next Saturday

IRVINE, CA – On a road trip with playoff implications, El Paso Locomotive FC fell to number four Orange County 2-0 Saturday night.

Even with the setback, Locomotive remain one point outside a playoff bid in their inaugural season and will play at home in one week to continue their #Push4Playoff campaign.

This closes out the regular-season meetings between the two clubs, where El Paso won the first contest at Southwest University Park in late March.

Newcomer, Alexy Bosetti made his first appearance for Locomotive since joining the team a few weeks ago.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, September 21st against Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

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

Locomotive FC announces auction of Noche de Locos Gameday Jerseys

On Friday, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced details surrounding the auction of Noche de Locos jerseys.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, September 21st and close at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 23rd.

The highly sought after jersey flew off the shelves and sold out within 24 hours of being released.

This auction will give fans another chance to get their hands on a jersey, with proceeds benefiting the Locomotive Foundation and a portion of the proceeds going toward medical student scholarships in support of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center Foster School of Medicine 10-year anniversary celebration.

“This unique ability for our incredibly passionate fans to get their hands on a one of a kind, once in a lifetime player worn jersey allows for an unparalleled fan experience within the Locomotive community.  Coupled with the selfless giving this community is known for, in that, their bid is going to help local philanthropic initiatives through the El Paso Locomotive Foundation and the Texas Tech University Health Science Center Foster School of Medicine 10-year anniversary celebration. This is a special way for fans to connect to their favorite players,” said Andrew Forrest General Manager, Business Operations.

The jerseys that fans will bid on will be the actual team kits worn on September 21st when Locomotive takes on Colorado Springs Switchbacks at home, allowing fans the opportunity to own their favorite Locomotive player’s game shirt adorned with their name and number.

The auction will be done solely online, and participants can bid directly from their phone by texting “BID” to 844-311-5007.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, September 21st against Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

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

Locomotive roar back in 2nd half to stymie Tulsa Roughnecks 2-2

El Paso Locomotive FC overcame a two-goal deficit to draw against Tulsa Roughnecks 2-2 in dramatic fashion.

Tulsa took the lead in the first half and then came out in the second and put another away to extend their lead.

El Paso showed their grit and tenacity and in the 79th minute, Aaron Gomez scored his first goal of the season off a booming header that left the keeper helpless.

James Kiffe came up with the assist after sending a pinpoint cross into the box that Gomez finished with class. Seventy-one seconds later Locomotive answered with the equalizer that sent the stadium into mania.

El Paso’s Omar Salgado was untouchable down the left line, juking a defender and finding Jerome Kiesewetter inside the box.

The German-American striker put his left foot through the ball from Salgado and notched his 11th goal of the season.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, September 21st against Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

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

Rio Grande Valley Toros take down Locomotive 1-0

El Paso Locomotive FC lost a hard-fought battle in South Texas to Rio Grande Valley Toros 1-0 Saturday night.

After 90 minutes, Locomotive would end the night a man and a goal down.

El Paso’s Richie Ryan was shown two yellow cards and had to leave the match. Locomotive FC forward Jerome Kiesewetter was back in the starting 11 after being out from injury since the middle of July.

In a showing of unity, the Toros players wore black armbands to honor the victims of the August 3rd shootings in El Paso.

Locomotive FC are going into a bye week and will have 11 days before their next match at home.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Wednesday, September 4th against Tulsa Roughnecks.

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

Gallery+Story: Locomotive plow through Tacoma 2-0 on El Paso Strong night

On a night exactly two weeks removed from the tragic shooting  that took 22 lives and injured nearly two dozen more,  the El Paso Locomotive took to the pitch Saturday night, determined to show everyone exactly what the phrase El Paso Strong meant.

Cheered on by nearly 6ooo fans at Southwest University Park, the Locomotive played host not only to the visiting Tacoma Defiance, but countless first responders, law enforcement and others who helped so many on August 3rd.

In addition to the fans and specials guests, one group was there to share in the healing power of the beautiful game: the El Paso Fusion girl’s soccer team.

The Fusion were at the Cielo Vista Walmart, fundraising for their season when the gunman opened fire, injuring their coaches.  After hearing of the news of the Fusion, Locomotive player Sebastian Velasquez rallied to their aid, helping them fundraise in the aftermath of the shooting.

On top of all the visitors, the 22 second moment of silence for the victims, and the El Paso Strong flags handed out to fans, there was still a game to be played.

And what a game it turned out to be.

While Tacoma came out quick in the first quarter hour,  it was the Locomotive who then took control – seemingly inspired by the ‘lights and flag’ memorial at the 22nd minute of the match when fans waived their flags and lit up their cell phones – as 10 minutes later Edson Partida drove home a nearly impossible shot to give the Locos and their crew something to celebrate.

The second half began much as the first, although Tacoma seemed more determined than ever to take the game to the Locomotive.

The Defiance gradually became more and more aggressive, eventually ending in a donnybrook that sent Chiro N’toko to the clubhouse with a red card, leaving the Locos to make the rest of the journey with only 10 crew members.

That entire sequence seemingly stoked the boiler of the Locomotive, who then began picking up the pace.

When El Pasoan Omar Salgado entered the game with roughly 30 minutes left on the clock, there was a feeling that something great could be just around the bend. And so it was.

At the 70th minute, Salgado charging in from the left, was fed a perfect header from Drew Beckie and sent in on through, putting the Locos up 2-0.

The Locomotive now hit the tracks and head East to take on Rio Grande Valley FC, next Saturday at 6:30 pm.

Photo gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

French World Cup Champion Alexy Bosetti hops aboard Locomotive

El Paso Locomotive FC have acquired FIFA U-20 France World Cup champion Alexy Bosetti by way of trade with OKC Energy FC, pending league and federation approval.

To fulfill the trade, OKC will acquire El Paso’s Derek Gebhard. Gebhard appeared for El Paso 18 times this season and notched the first goal in Locomotive franchise history.

“It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Derek, I have worked with him for over three years now and he is someone I genuinely care about. He has had a couple of little injuries this season that have prevented him from getting any type of rhythm, so he has been out of the team for long spells. For Derek’s long-term future, we felt this move would be a good fit for him and nothing would make me happier than seeing him go to OKC, score some goals and show everyone how good of a player he can be,” commented Coach Mark Lowry.

Bosetti was born in Nice, France, and played his youth career with Cavigal Nice Sports and Nice. From 2012-2017 he rostered for Nice in Ligue 1 (first division French football) and made 75 appearances, scoring ten goals.

Along with his esteemed club career, Bosetti won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with France and has represented his country 20 times with the U-19 and U-20 sides.

With OKC he saw the pitch 19 times and scored once, grabbing four assists. The French attacker will give El Paso a variety of options in the attacking third and prove to be a thrilling addition to the roster.

“As for Bosetti, his resume and pedigree speak for itself. He has played at the highest level in France, won a U20 World Cup, and is still young and hungry to prove that he can be a success in the US. His character off the field comes with a good reputation and the type of player he is fits perfectly with our style of play on the field. His addition makes us a stronger more experienced team,” said Lowry.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, August 17th against Tacoma Defiance. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL

El Paso Locomotive announce date for rescheduled match vs Portland Timbers 2

El Paso Locomotive FC will play their rescheduled match vs Portland Timbers 2 on Tuesday, October 15th at 7 p.m. local time.

“We appreciate our friends in the Portland Timbers organization being flexible and easy to work with in regard to finding a makeup date that works for both teams in the wake of the terrible tragedy. We look forward to hosting them in our wonderful city on October 15th,” commented Andrew Forrest General Manager, Business Operations.

Any fan who held a valid ticket for the August 3rd match will be able to use their same physical/electronic ticket on October 15th. If fans have any questions, they are encouraged to contact the Locomotive box office at 915-242-2060.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, August 17th against Tacoma Defiance.

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

El Paso Locomotive FC, City of El Paso team up for Streetcar Soccer Interview Series

El Paso Locomotive FC and the City of El Paso have announced a joint project: Streetcar Soccer Series.

The series will be a live Q&A session featuring Locomotive players as they ride the Streetcar and interact with other riders and moderator Duke Keith.

Fans are encouraged to ride along and will have the opportunity to ask their questions.

The four-part series kicks off Monday, July 22nd and will continue every Monday until August 12th. The series will feature Logan Ketterer, Andrew Fox, El Pasoan Omar Salgado, and the final player who will be decided by a fan vote on the Locomotive website.

The ride is free for everyone and will begin at 6 p.m. at Franklin and El Paso across the street from Cleveland Square Park and will go for two loops. Guests will also have the chance to win Locomotive prizes and exclusive team merchandise.

“The Locos have been an exciting addition to the Downtown Arts District, and we are excited to provide this opportunity for the community to get to know the players,” said Tracey Jerome, Managing Director, Museums and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and Tourism.

“The El Paso Streetcar is a great way to get to a game at Southwest University Park. The interview series is just one of the ways riders can enjoy the El Paso Streetcar,” said Jay Banasiak, Director of Sun Metro.

Everyone is encouraged to download the new El Paso Streetcar app to stay current of events happening in conjunction with the streetcar. It is free and available from Google Play and the Apple App store.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Wednesday, July 17th against San Antonio FC. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

Chapa engineers Locomotive rally to 1-1 draw against Energy FC

El Paso Locomotive FC rallies for come from behind draw against Energy FC to pick up a point in their road campaign.

Homegrown hero, Louis “Chapa” Herrera has made himself a regular starter in the Locomotive lineup and continues to provide that spark on the pitch; Chapa’s Saturday night offensive proficiency led to the own goal by OKC.

Logan Ketterer came up big yet again for El Paso and saved his fourth penalty of the season which set up the El Paso counter attack.

Defender Andrew Fox received the ball near the midline and sent a booming through ball over the top of the Energy FC backline, finding Chapa who redirected the ball with his head and finished it off with a half-volley that caught an OKC defender, sending it into the net.

The contest would end in a 1-1 draw, closing El Paso’s third straight road match journey.

Locomotive sit in fourth place in the Western Conference.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Wednesday, July 17th against San Antonio FC. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

Fresno derails EP Locomotive on road 3-0

Saturday night, El Paso Locomotive FC lost their first road match in the club’s history.

An injury riddled roster and road fatigue played heavily into the Locomotive performance Saturday evening, coming off Wednesday’s battle in San Antonio and the 0-0 tie.

The Borderland’s own Memo Diaz saw his first professional appearance in tonight’s match resulting in all four local players (Omar Salgado, Louis ‘Chapa Herrera, Aaron Gomez, and Diaz) sharing the pitch for the first time this season.

Daniel Navarro also returned from his short-term loan to Chattanooga.

El Paso wraps up their third consecutive road match next Saturday when they travel to Oklahoma City.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, July 17th against San Antonio FC. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

Gallery+Story: Las Vegas Lights hold off Locomotive 1-0 in front of record crowd

El Paso’s nine-game unbeaten streak came to an end at the hands of Las Vegas, who came into this match after a thundering 5-1 victory over New Mexico United.

Locomotive saw a shift in the backline after losing three key performers due to injury but maintained 74 percent of the possession and only faced one shot on target.

“The guys did a great job in the second half. Edson did great when he came one. He got off some good shots and, on another day, those go in,” said Coach Mark Lowry.

El Paso Locomotive FC packed Southwest University Park with 8,117 fans, resulting in the second largest crowd in franchise history behind their historic home opener on March 9th.

The energy and buzz in the stadium carried the cheers of the fans into the El Paso night as Locomotive battled for 90-minutes.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next three matches on the road and they return home on Wednesday, July 17th to face San Antonio.

Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eplocomotivefc.com/ticket or by calling 915-235-GOAL

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

El Paso Locomotive down Tulsa 2-0; Unbeaten streak now at nine matches

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.

Locomotive’s Kiesewetter voted Championship’s Player of the Month

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

El Paso Locomotive FC unveils plan for 2019-2020 Youth Soccer Initiatives

On Wednesday, Locomotive FC announced plans for the 2019 – 2020 youth soccer year in their effort to support and enhance the youth soccer community in the region.

Bob Bigney, Director of Youth Soccer, is leading the youth development charge for El Paso Locomotive.

“The overall objective of Locomotive FC Youth Soccer is to improve and enhance the youth soccer community,” said Bigney. “Having youth soccer programs under the umbrella of Locomotive FC provides a defined developmental pathway for players, professional growth opportunities for coaches, helpful information to parents and a great platform for sharing best practices with all youth soccer groups in the Borderplex region.”

Bigney has more than 30 years of coaching experience at the youth, high school, college and professional levels. He oversees all programs as Locomotive continues to offer opportunities for youth soccer players, coaches, and families.

Bigney holds his US Soccer ‘A’ License, his National Youth License and is an instructor for US Soccer and can be reached at  bbigney@eplocomotivefc.com

Locomotive youth soccer includes the following programs:

Locomotive FC Affiliate Club Program

Designed to provide services & support to existing youth soccer clubs in the form of coach clinics, player/team training, Locomotive FC player appearances and more. Locomotive FC Affiliate Clubs will also work together to receive professional development in club structure, organization and to provide playing opportunities for players and teams.

Locomotive FC Select Program

Locomotive FC will assemble teams to participate in events throughout the year. Selected players may participate on Locomotive FC Select Teams while continuing to play for their local team.  Possible events that Locomotive FC Select Teams may participate in include:

  • FC Juarez Tournament
  • USL Academy Cup
  • Prestigious National Youth Tournaments
  • Locomotive hosted event

Locomotive FC Soccer Camps Program

These soccer camps will be offered during the summer and during breaks in the school year.  Locomotive players and coaches will provide skill-building activities in an enjoyable environment.

Information on the 2019 Summer Camps can be found here.

Locomotive FC Futures Program

Designed to provide quality, age-appropriate training sessions and games for youth players (boys and girls), the Locomotive FC Futures Program will utilize the standards set in US Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives for the u12 and younger age groups.  Aspects such as holistic child development activities, parent education sessions and a referee development program will be incorporated in the Locomotive FC Futures Program.

Supplemental Training Programs

Various programs will be offered throughout the year to provide additional training opportunities for players and teams. The Player Development Program (PDP) will be available to boys and girls in several age groups and at different locations around the region. The program has already seen success and will continue to be a pillar in the development of local soccer talent.

Lil’ Locos Program

A big success this past spring, this introduction to soccer for 3-6-year-old children will be offered in several locations around El Paso during the 2019 fall and 2020 spring seasons.

More information on these plans and programs can be found on the Locomotive FC website.

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!

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