- El Paso Locomotive
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The FC in El Paso Locomotive FC stands for Fútbol Club. Due to our geographic location, we felt strongly that fútbol better fit in our community as an appropriate name for our club.
Season ticket memberships are on sale now with options in every price range. Visit eplocomotivefc.com or call 915-235-GOAL for information on season ticket memberships as well as groups and hospitality options. Individual game tickets will go on sale next year.
Much like the dedicated Chihuahuas Team Store, we will have a dedicated El Paso Locomotive Team Store located at Southwest University Park on the Santa Fe Street side of the stadium. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am- 5 pm. Merchandise will also be available online in the upcoming week. Beginning 2019, El Paso USL will play at Southwest University Park. We’ve hosted several international exhibition soccer matches and will configure the playing field similarly. The ultimate goal is to play in a first-class soccer specific outdoor stadium in or near downtown and expect to play in the ballpark until it’s complete.
Absolutely. There will be numerous opportunities for local companies to partner with El Paso Locomotive FC to help build their brands and businesses. Anyone interested should contact us at (915) 283-3415 or email us at email@example.com.
The United Soccer League, known and referenced commonly as USL, is a professional (not minor) soccer league in the United States and Canadian Soccer pyramid and is in the second tier of the hierarchy; MLS is tier one. In 2019, the USL will undergo a re-brand which will follow a model that mirrors the well-respected international structure of professional soccer — one brand, three leagues — and we will play in the highest tier, known as USL Championship. This change seeks to unify and restructure all professional soccer in North America and result in a higher caliber of sport across the board. They will be among the best professional soccer players in this country. The ultimate make-up of the team will be determined as we get closer to the start of the USL season in March of 2019.
Beginning in 2019, El Paso Locomotive will play at Southwest University Park. We’ve hosted several international exhibition soccer matches and will configure the playing field as we have on those occasions. The ultimate objective is to play in a first-class soccer specific outdoor stadium in or near downtown.
After some stadium modifications, the soccer pitch will be 110×70 and will run along the left field foul line with one goal in front of the first base dugout and the other in left field.
More than $3,500,000 in improvements are in process at Southwest University Park to accommodate soccer and to further enhance the game experience for our fans.
Two reasons: 1) the USL’s goal is to have its teams in soccer-specific outdoor stadiums, and 2) we’ve stated since we began pursuing professional soccer for this market that we believe El Paso deserves a first-class soccer-specific outdoor stadium and it remains our intention to accomplish this objective.
Bringing professional soccer to El Paso improves our quality of life and helps to make our region more attractive as we compete to keep and attract employees and businesses, and to create new jobs. In addition to employing the full-time staff and the hundreds of game day employees, the team will help to continue the growth and popularity of downtown. Part of the soccer tradition is to visit local pubs and restaurants before and after each match which adds to the economic impact. The team and its fans will also create additional energy and excitement downtown. Furthermore, “El Paso” will now be mentioned in dozens of markets across the country as part of news coverage of our new USL soccer team. One of the exciting opportunities which lie ahead is to showcase local El Paso talent. As the organization evolves we look forward to creating opportunities to support youth soccer and the development of some of the region’s elite players.
El Paso Locomotive will practice off-site from Southwest University Park at the Westside Sports Complex. We are renovating two fields to bring them to professional championship standards to provide a top-notch training experience for our athletes. El Paso Locomotive is committing the resources to the project and the local youth soccer community will also have an opportunity to play on the fields.
We have currently signed and announced three players. Coach Mark Lowry is working diligently to identify, sign and announce future players. We will have our full roster announced by January 8th for the start of preseason training camp.
We will have open tryouts for anyone who is over the age of 18 and has completed high school by December. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
The team will train for 8 weeks prior to the start of the regular season and will have closed door friendlies with teams from around the region. It is also common to travel to train with a number of different teams over the course of 4-7 days.
The USL indicates we should have a schedule in the next couple months. We will announce the Locomotive home schedule as soon as we’re able to share it.
We expect to introduce a mascot sometime prior to the start of the 2019 season.
The Locomotive jersey is in production and we will have a separate announcement to unveil the retailer, designs, and the partners who will adorn the “kit” for years to come.
The USL brings together clubs from across the United States, including San Antonio, Albuquerque, Rio Grande Valley, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Colorado Springs, Tulsa, Louisville, Reno, Oklahoma City, Orange County, and Fresno, amongst others.
Soccer rivalries feature some of the most passionate fans in sports and we expect El Paso’s team to develop many similar relationships. This will certainly add to the fun and passion for our fans.
We are fortunate to be geographically situated to create a very unique relationship with our neighbors across the border. In fact, we’ve already had discussions with FC Juarez about those possibilities.
One of the exciting opportunities which lies ahead is to showcase local El Paso talent. As our organization evolves we look forward to creating opportunities to support youth soccer and the development of some of the region’s elite players.
Our goal is to establish relationships with all the local youth soccer clubs that could offer a pathway to players from those organizations to train alongside professionals, or even earn the opportunity to begin their careers here.
Yes, from time to time we anticipate hosting friendlies (exhibition games) in El Paso, as has happened regularly in other venues across the USL.
In addition to the hundreds of game day employees who make the Southwest University Park experience the great one that it is, we are in the process of hiring a front office staff responsible to oversee all aspects of team operations.