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Locomotive FC re-signs English Goalkeeper Jermaine Fordah

Tuesday afternoon, El Paso Locomotive FC officials announced that the club had re-signed Jermaine Fordah for the 2020 season, pending league and federation approval.

“It’s great to have Jermaine back. He was an important part of the team last season. He brings a great work ethic and positive attitude to training every day. Every coach in the world will tell you how important that is and I’m excited to see him develop in year two,” said Head Coach Mark Lowry.

A fan-favorite for his off the field personality, Fordah appeared between the sticks twice during the regular season.

One of those appearances resulting in a clean sheet against eventual 2019 Champions, Real Monarchs.

Fordah is now the 19th rostered player for El Paso and joins a 15-man returning core (Logan Ketterer, Drew Beckie, Chiro N’toko, Mechack Jérôme, Richie Ryan, Nick Ross, Omar Salgado, Alexy Bosetti, Andrew Fox, Louis “Chapa” Herrera, Moses Makinde, Guillermo Diaz, Yuma, and Bryam Rebellon) who made it to the Western Conference final in their inaugural run.

New players to the Locomotive roster include Fabrice Fokobo, Saeed Robinson, Marios Lomis, and Distel Zola.

More roster announcements are slated for the near future before Locomotive kicks off their second season on the road in Orange County on March 6th and then return home to face Portland Timbers FC 2 on March 14th.

With year two almost here, its time for fans to get ‘All aboard’ via Season Ticket Memberships, Group Tickets, and Individual Match Tickets that can be purchased online or by calling or texting 915-235-GOAL

‘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

Locomotive ties Reno 1868 FC; All four local players on pitch for El Paso

El Paso Locomotive FC took to the road and picked up one point against the number three team in the West, Reno 1868 FC.

For the first time this season, all four local players were on the pitch at the same time; Omar Salgado, Louis “Chapa” Herrera, Guillermo Diaz, and Josue Aaron Gomez who all made their impact felt in this dominating performance.

El Paso has defeated two top-four teams in the past week and have picked up a total of seven points across their last three matches, furthering their commitment to the postseason.

Locomotive barreled down the tracks and dominated the home team, recording 23 shots, 15 of those coming in the first half. El Paso showed grit and tenacity and proved that they are a top contender in the Western Conference.

Locomotive sit two points outside of fourth place and have at least a game in hand over the majority of the field.

The Locos have three matches remaining, with a possibility of grabbing nine points and exploding into the top four, opening the possibility of hosting a home playoff match in their inaugural season.

El Paso Locomotive FC plays their next match at home on Thursday, October 10th against Austin. 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 San Antonio FC in Preseason Match

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!

Locomotive FC Signs El Pasoan Louis “Chapa” Herrera

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.”

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