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El Paso Locomotive Inks Midfielder Diego Luna From Barca Residency Academy

By El Paso Locomotive FC, 04/05/21, 1:00PM MDT

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17-Year-Old Barca Residency Academy Standout Signs First Professional Contract with Locomotive

EL PASO, Texas – April 5, 2021 – El Paso Locomotive FC has signed Midfielder Diego Luna from the prestigious Arizona Barca Residency Academy, the club announced today. Luna’s signing is pending league and federation approval.

“Diego is highly rated across the country and has been on the radar of many MLS teams,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry. “For him and his family to choose El Paso as his home is a great feather in the cap for the Club. We believe we have the best environment to push Diego and develop him to reach his ceiling, which we believe is a very high one. The hard work begins now for Diego, and we look forward to going on this journey with him.”

“It’s super enjoyable being here,” started Luna. “The special thing is that I had opportunities from other clubs, and it makes it that much more special. I could have picked other clubs, but I picked El Paso because of the environment, the staff, the way they play. There was something about El Paso – from the club to the staff. The environment spoke to me and I wouldn’t want it any other way, to be honest.”

Luna, 17, highlights Locomotive goals of welcoming and building the talent of the future generations of soccer players. A stand-out player in one of Barca's best Academy teams, Luna played at the Palo Alto Soccer Club as a kid prior to signing with the San Jose Earthquakes Academy at the age of 12. During his time with the Earthquakes, Luna took home the Surf Cup trophy while also partaking in various youth tournaments such as the Dallas Cup and the generation adidas Cup while being selected for the generation adidas Elite Soccer Program. At 15, Luna made the move to the Barca Residency Academy, coming into his own as one of the brightest stars for the future of U.S. Soccer.

Luna brings with him international camp experience, having been called up to multiple camps with United States Youth National Team U-14 and U-17 sides.

Player Information
Name: Diego Luna
Pronunciation: DEE-aygo LOO-na
Position: Midfielder
DOB: September 7, 2003
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 188lbs.
Hometown: Redwood City, California
Last Club: Barca Residency Academy

El Paso Locomotive FC’s roster as it currently stands headed into the 2021 USL Championship season, listed alphabetically by position, is below:

Goalkeepers (1): Logan Ketterer

Defenders (7): Matt Bahner, Éder Borelli, Andrew Fox, Mechack Jerome, Macca King, Niall Logue, Yuma

Midfielders (7): José Aguinaga, Louis Herrera, Diego Luna, Dylan Mares, Bryam Rebellón, Nick Ross, Richie Ryan

Forwards (3): Aidan Apodaca, Leandro Carrijo, Luis Solignac

El Paso Locomotive is currently working on additional player announcements for the 2021 season and will announce the renewals and new signings once they are confirmed.

Join El Paso Locomotive FC when it returns to action for its third season in the USL Championship on May 8, 2021, against New Mexico United at Southwest University Park! Sign up to the Locomotive ticket waiting list to receive priority in purchasing individual tickets or lock in your seats for the 2021 season by visiting eplocomotivefc.com/seasontickets or calling/texting 915-235-GOAL.

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