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Gallery: Locomotive steam past San Antonio FC in preseason game 6-2

Friday afternoon, El Paso Locomotive FC hosted another preseason match at their training facility in Northwest El Paso, this time against San Antonio FC.

The Locomotive crew had their engines at full steam ahead, taking out the visitors from the Alamo City 6 to 2.

Our very own Johnny Ytrales was there and we bring you his view of the action via this gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery+Story: All Aboard for Western Conference Final! Locomotive crush Sac Republic 3-0

El Paso Locomotive FC put on a performance for the ages in front of 7,500 plus screaming Loco fans. Locomotive flattened Sacramento Republic 3-0 to punch their ticket to the Western Conference Final.

El Paso came out of the gate proving that they are a force to be reckoned with. The first goal of the match came off a free kick taken by James Kiffe. The curling ball found Josue Aaron Gomez in the box and Gomez finished it with class off a glancing header.

Locomotive kept the pace high and came out in the second half with a fire. Locos were awarded a penalty late in the second half and Sebastian Contreras stepped up to the spot. The Argentine took the kick and sent the keeper the wrong way.

When the ball hit the back of the net, Southwest University Park went into a state of euphoria.

Locomotive weren’t done there. The nail in the coffin goal came in the 88th minute when Sebastian Velasquez continued to impress with his agility. Velasquez took on the Sacramento defense and came out on top.

Putting the ball to his favorite left foot, the seasoned professional sent a missile of a ball into the back of the net. The energy was contagious and at the final whistle, El Paso’s season would continue.

The Locos will travel to Salt Lake City to face Real Monarchs on Saturday, November 9th at 1 p.m. In both of the regular-season meetings between the clubs, neither side has found a goal.

Locomotive continues their #Track2TheTrophy and an official watch party location will be announced shortly.

The single elimination tournament concludes on Sunday, November 17th, at a time to be determined, where the last remaining team in the West and East play for the Championship Trophy.

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

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

Individual Match Tickets for Inaugural EP Locomotive Season On Sale Saturday

El Paso Locomotive FC announced today that individual match tickets for the historic inaugural 2019 season will go on sale Saturday, January 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Southwest University Park and online.

This will be the first time the general public will have the opportunity to purchase individual match tickets for the Locomotive’s historic first season.

“This is a monumental announcement for the Locomotive and allows fans in the Borderplex a chance to buy individual match tickets for the first time,” said Andrew Forrest General Manager, Business Operations. “With many regional rivalries to enjoy, a very high level of play on the field, and various price points to fit every budget, there is truly something for everyone.  We expect Opening Night, March 9th, to be very popular as Coach Mark Lowry’s squad takes on OKC Energy at 7:30 p.m.  El Paso will not want to miss this match!”

Season Ticket Members will have priority online access beginning Wednesday, January 16, and fans who signed up for the individual match ticket waiting list will have the opportunity to purchase their tickets online on Friday, January 18.  The general public will be able to purchase tickets in person on January 19, starting at 10 a.m. at the Durango and Santa Fe Box Offices at Southwest University Park or online.

Season Ticket Members and fans on the individual match ticket waiting list will receive information via email detailing the process to purchase individual match tickets.

Fans interested in learning more about the benefits of Season Ticket Membership may contact an EP Locomotive Account Executive at 915-235-GOAL or visit the season ticket website.

Individual match tickets start as low as $5 per match for the GECU Green Seats. Advance purchasers can enjoy a savings over day of match prices in reserved seating areas.

The USL Championship season will run 33 weeks starting March 9 and concluding October 20. El Paso Locomotive will play three home matches in March, all on Saturdays — March 9, March 23, March 30. Locomotive FC will play 26 of their 34 games on Saturday evenings in the 2019 inaugural season.

The historic inaugural season opener on March 9 includes a spectacular post-match fireworks show. Other firework dates are June 22 and after the final home regular season match on Thursday, October 10 against Austin Bold FC. A full promotional calendar will be released in the coming weeks.

El Paso Locomotive FC 2019 Home Schedule *All times Mountain and subject to change

DATE                                     TEAM                                                               TIME

March 9                             OKC Energy FC                                                  7:30 PM

March 23                           Rio Grande Valley FC                                       7:30 PM

March 30                           Orange County SC                                            7:30 PM

April 13                               Phoenix Rising                                                  7:30 PM

April 27                               Reno 1868 FC                                                   7:30 PM

May 12                                New Mexico United                                        6:00 PM

May 18                                Sacramento Republic FC                                7:30 PM

June 8                                  LA Galaxy II                                                       7:30 PM

June 22                                Las Vegas Lights                                               7:30 PM

July 17                                  San Antonio FC                                                7:00 PM

July 20                                  Real Monarchs SLC                                         7:30 PM

August 3                               Portland Timbers 2                                         7:30 PM

August 17                             Seattle Sounders FC2                                     7:30 PM

September 4                        Tulsa Roughnecks FC                                      7:00 PM

September 21                      Co. Springs Switchbacks FC                           7:30 PM

October 2                             Fresno FC                                                          7:00 PM

October 10                           Austin Bold FC                                                  7:30 PM

2019 Home Schedule Breakdown

 By Month

March                                 3

April                                    2

May                                     2

June                                     2

July                                       2

August                                 2

September                          2

October                               2

 

By Day of the Week

Wednesday                        3

Thursday                             1

Saturday                            12

Sunday                                1

H-P Info: What is the USL?

On Wednesday the city of El Paso got some pretty exciting news. Mountain Star Sports group made an announcement today that they will bring a United Soccer League team to El Paso in 2019. The city was awarded one of the expansion teams for 2019. The team is currently know as El Paso USL.

So what is the USL? Major League Soccer or MLS is where the big time professionals play, the United Soccer League is only one step under that. This is Division 2 professional soccer. The USL is the fastest growing league in the United States. With more than 100 million dollars being invested in 2016. They currently have a partnership with world wide leader in sports, ESPN. They also have a partnership with Sirius XM radio.
The league has doubled in size since 2014. With four expansion teams set for 2019 including:

Birmingham, Alabama

Austin, Texas

Memphis, Tennessee

El Paso, Texas

Apart from league play, the USL also regularly features international exhibition games against Premier League, Liga MX, and the Bundesliga clubs.

The schedule is highlighted by a regional approach to create rivalries. The USL has a western and eastern conference. At the end of each season, the top 8 teams from both conferences make the playoffs. In the next 4 weeks are used to crown a champion.

This is a list of the current teams:

With two teams set to join after the 2019 expansion. Chicago in 2020 and East Bay in 2021

  •    Atlanta United 2
  • Bethlehem Steel FC
  • Charleston Battery
  • Charlotte Independence
  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
  • FC Cincinnati
  • Fresno FC
  • Indy Eleven
  • LA Galaxy II
  • Las Vegas Lights FC
  • Louisville City FC
  • Nashville SC
  • New York Red Bulls II
  • North Carolina FC
  • OKC Energy FC
  • Orange County SC
  • Ottawa Fury FC
  • Penn FC
  • Phoenix Rising FC
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
  • Portland Timbers 2
  • Real Monarchs SLC
  • Reno 1868 FC
  • Richmond Kickers
  • Rio Grande Valley FC
  • Sacramento Republic FC
  • Saint Louis FC
  • San Antonio FC
  • Seattle Sounders FC 2
  • Swope Park Rangers
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • Toronto FC II
  • Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Fans for the United Soccer League fall under two major categories. 64% are ages 18-44, and 79% are male. This falls perfect with the demographic of El Paso, Texas with a median age of 32 in the Sun City.

The USL has a partnership with the MLS since 2013 designed to enhance the development of professional players in the United States.

The name, the colors and the mascot is still to be determined but El Paso is as excited as ever. Fans in the Sun City proved that the Chihuahuas was a perfect choice for the city. USL shouldn’t be any different.
El Paso are you ready for 2019?

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Author – Diego Sanchez – Special to the Herald-Post

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