El Paso Locomotive FC

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El Paso Locomotive FC
El Paso Locomotive FC logo.svg
FoundedMarch 1, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-03-01)
StadiumSouthwest University Park
Capacity7,500
OwnerMountainStar Sports Group
Head coachMark Lowry
LeagueUSL Championship
20196th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Conference Final
WebsiteClub website
Current season

El Paso Locomotive FC is an American professional soccer team based in El Paso, Texas. Founded in 2018, the team made its debut in the USL Championship in 2019.[1][2]

Club crest and colors[edit]

The Locomotive brand was unveiled on October 4, 2018, beating out finalists Lagartos, Estrellas, Stars, and Tejanos.[3] The crest is shaped in a manner similar to Mission Style buildings and features three main colors: West Texas Sky blue, Desert Dusk blue, and High Noon Sun. The crest has 11 vertical stripes that represent the eleven players on the field and resemble the front of a locomotive. A city icon, The Star on The Mountain, adorns the top of the crest, which is shaped in the silhouette of the Franklin Mountains.[4][5]

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019–2020 BLK Southwest University
2021–present Adidas[6]

Stadium[edit]

The club will play on the grounds of the Southwest University Park, a baseball park that is also the home field for the El Paso Chihuahuas of the Pacific Coast League.

Rivalries[edit]

El Paso's primary rivals are New Mexico United[7][8] and FC Juárez.[9]

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of September 28, 2021[10]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Logan Ketterer  United States
3 DF Andrew Fox  England
4 DF Mechack Jérôme  Haiti
5 DF Éder Borelli  Mexico
6 MF Richie Ryan  Republic of Ireland
7 FW Aarón Gómez (on loan from Juárez)  Mexico
8 MF Nick Ross  Scotland
9 FW Leandro Carrijó  Brazil
10 MF Dylan Mares  United States
12 GK Ben Beaury  United States
13 DF Matt Bahner  United States
15 MF Diego Luna  United States
16 FW Luis Solignac  Argentina
17 FW Ricardo Zacarías  United States
19 MF José Aguinaga  Spain
23 DF Macauley King  England
24 MF Yuma  Spain
25 DF Bryam Rebellón  Colombia
28 GK Marco Canales (on loan from Juárez)  United States
30 GK Javier Beker  United States
38 MF Chapa Herrera  United States
40 MF Brooklyn Raines ([A])  United States
47 GK Harrison Shaw ([A])  England
55 MF Sebastián Velásquez  Colombia
57 DF Jaime Villagomez ([A])  United States
88 MF Joel Maldonado ([A])  United States
91 MF Edwin Villarreal ([A])  United States
MF Cole Turner (on loan from Philadelphia Union)  United States
  1. ^
    USL Academy player

Out on loan[edit]

No. Pos. Player Nation
11 FW Aidan Apodaca (at Orange County SC)  United States
20 DF Niall Logue (at Memphis 901)  Northern Ireland
MF Distel Zola (at Charlotte Independence)  DR Congo

Front-office staff[edit]

  • Alan Ledford – president
  • Andrew Forrest – general manager

Technical staff[edit]

  • Mark Lowry – head coach
  • Matt Williams – assistant coach, video analysis
  • JC Garzon – goalkeeper coach
  • Saul Soto - coordinator, equipment and player operations

Team records[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

As of October 24, 2020
Season USL Championship Play-offs U.S. Open Cup Top scorer 1 Head coach
P W L D GF GA Pts Pos Player Goals
2019 34 13 10 11 42 36 50 6th, Western Conference Final 2nd Round United States Jerome Kiesewetter 12 England Mark Lowry
2020 16 9 2 5 24 14 32 4th, Western
1st, Group C
Conference Final Cancelled Mexico Aarón Gómez 5 England Mark Lowry

^ 1. Top scorer includes statistics from league matches only.

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL Regular Season, USL Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Mark Lowry  England July 25, 2018 present 57 26 15 16 045.61

Average attendance[edit]

Year Reg. season Playoffs
2019[11] 6,584 7,460

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2019 Chiró N'Toko  Belgium
2021[12] Yuma, Richie Ryan  Spain  Ireland

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Paso Joins the United Soccer League for 2019 Season". Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "El Paso gets new expansion USL soccer team, will play at Southwest University Park in 2019". Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "El Paso USL: Soccer team nickname will be the Locomotive; logo, crest unveiled". El Paso Times. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Our Crest". El Paso Locomotive FC. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "El Paso Locomotive FC Rolled Out as City's New Professional Soccer Team" (Press release). El Paso Locomotive FC. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018 – via Business Wire.
  6. ^ https://www.eplocomotivefc.com/news_article/show/1148247
  7. ^ "One final United-El Paso matchup has big stakes". Albuquerque Journal. Journal Publishing Company. October 14, 2020. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Morgan, Andy (July 14, 2020). "Locomotive FC set to renew rivalry with New Mexico United". KTSM-TV. Nexstar Media Group. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "Friendly Rival On The Border". eplocomotivefc.com. February 14, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "Roster". www.eplocomotivefc.com. El Paso Locomotive FC. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  11. ^ "2019 USL Championship Attendance". Soccer Stadium Digest. October 20, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "Yuma and Richie Ryan Selected as Club Captains for 2021". www.eplocomotivefc.com.

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