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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!

Cloud 9! Salgado scores first goal of season; Loco’s unbeaten streak continues

El Paso Locomotive FC tied the number four team in the Western Conference after being down one goal, and hometown footballer Omar Salgado provided the boot.

It was a physical contest that saw seven yellow cards and one penalty. With this draw, El Paso continue their unbeaten streak and extend it to six matches.

“I am so happy for Omar, he deserved it. His work-rate for the team is superb and I know this will build up his confidence and keep things going,” said Coach Mark Lowry. “I’m very proud of how the guys all played tonight. It was a fantastic performance and to have not lost in four road matches is brilliant.”

El Paso’s own Louis “Chapa” Herrera got his first start of the season alongside newcomer Drew Beckie, who recently signed from OKC Energy FC.

In the 41’ a game-changing penalty was awarded to Timbers 2 which saw Dairon Asprilla step up. Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer came up with a massive save to deny to the penalty, but Timbers 2 were able to scoop up the rebound and score.

Four minutes later Omar Salgado, who was the first player signed to Locomotive, netted his first goal of the season.

After receiving a pass at the top of the box, the left-footed attacker cut to the right to create space off the defender and let a shot rip with his right foot into the bottom corner of the net.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, June 8th against LA Galaxy II. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL.

El Paso Locomotive FC Signs OKC Energy FC Defender Drew Beckie

Tuesday morning, officials with El Paso Locomotive FC announced the addition of defender Drew Beckie to their 2019 roster, pending league and federation approval.

“I honestly couldn’t be happier to be adding a player and person of the caliber of Drew Beckie to our squad. Character-wise he is the perfect addition, and he is another tough experienced competitor who knows what it takes to win. He will be a wonderful addition to our defensive unit and gives us fantastic depth,” said Coach Mark Lowry.

Beckie has been with Oklahoma City Energy since June 2018 and has made over 20 appearances for the club. He was drafted by MLS’s Columbus Crew in 2013 and prior to joining Energy FC, spent a season with Lowry at Jacksonville Armada.

He  played his collegiate career at the University of Denver where he made 69 appearances and notched 7 goals. Beckie spent 2014 and 2015 with Ottawa Fury (USL Championship) and made 34 appearances.

Beckie has represented the Canadian National Team four times at the U23 level and has been called up to the senior team.

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.

Gallery+Story: Fit to be Tied! Locomotive, NM United fight to 2-2 tie

El Paso Locomotive FC and New Mexico United kicked off the regional rivalry with a four-goal firefight. With a draw that ended in 2-2, Locomotive are on a four-game streak without a loss (two wins and two draws).

“We played brilliantly. The possession the chances we created; it was superb. Keep in perspective, the last four games we remain unbeaten. We had another great performance tonight against New Mexico who are a great team. We controlled that game and restricted them,” said head coach Mark Lowry.

El Paso put New Mexico under intense pressure in the first half and opened their scoring account first. Richie Ryan came up with an interception in the middle of the pitch and passed it off to Calvin Rezende.

Rezende fought off a defender, took a few touches towards goal and connected with Jerome Kiesewetter who fired it right between the keeper’s hands. New Mexico’s Sam Hamilton answered with one of his own 9 minutes later to close the half level at 1-1.

Kiesewetter wasn’t done yet, in the 65th minute he scored a booming header off a perfectly placed ball from Sebastian Contreras that found him in the box.

This makes back-to-back matches where Kiesewetter has scored two goals. A late goal tied things up for the visitors, leaving the teams to split the points.

They play at home this Wednesday in their first US Open Cup Match vs Forward Madison FC in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

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

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

Locomotive derails Western Conference leader Reno 1868 FC 1-0

Thanks to a penalty kick awarded late in the game, El Paso Locomotive secured their second win of the season over Reno 1868 FC.

In the 75th minute of the game, Forward Jerome Kiesewetter was taken down in the Reno box, setting up El Paso’s shot.

Teammate Sebastian Contreras calmly stepped up to the spot and stuck the shot into the back of the net – sending the crowd at Southwest University Park into a frenzy of blue, white and yellow flags and smoke.

“We created plenty of chances this match. I would have liked us to have been a bit more progressive and move the ball forward more. We made some adjustments tactically going into the second half and it showed. I am very pleased with how we performed and happy to have won at home,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.

El Paso came out fast in the first half and attacked heavily on the right channel with Salgado leading the charge.

Salgado would finish the night with three shots and two key passes. The second half was no different for El Paso who came out searching for the goal to put them ahead.

Locomotive kept up the energy and tenacity to close the match on top of Reno 1-0. With the win, El Paso improved their record to 2-2-3.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Sunday, May 12th against regional rival New Mexico United. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

El Paso Locomotive FC Draws with Austin Bold FC

El Paso Locomotive FC traveled to the capital and came away with one point after a 0-0 draw against Austin Bold FC.

Jerome Kiesewetter made his second career start with Locomotive. The German-born American came into the El Paso camp four weeks ago.

El Paso native Louis “Chapa” Herrera saw his second appearance in a Locomotive uniform when he stepped on the pitch in the 75th minute, relieving midfielder Sebastian Contreras.

This match represented the second game for El Paso Locomotive in the Copa Tejas, the supporter’s driven cup amongst the four USL Championship Clubs; Austin Bold, El Paso Locomotive FC, Rio Grande Valley FC, and San Antonio FC. El Paso has tied with both of the Texas teams they have faced thus far in their 2019 campaign.

“We had some great cances that we didn’t capitalize on in both halves and those two offsides goals were very close … Austin are a very good team and it was a very good point here for us on the road,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.

El Paso has yet to concede a goal when they play away from home.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Saturday, April 27th against Reno 1868 FC. Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 915-235-GOAL!

Gallery: El Paso Locomotive Takes on Texas United in Saturday Scrimmage

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 vs Texas United USL Scrimmage, Westside Sports Complex, El Paso TX, January 26, 2019, Andres Acosta | El Paso Herald-Post
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