EP Locomotive is happy to announce the season's coaching slate.
RR Gaylord Sheppard Albuquerque
2010 Silver - Finalist
Dallas Texans Cup Fall Festival
2011 Blue - Finalist
Desert Super Cup Phoenix
2009 Blue - Finalist
DKSC Showcase Dallas
Copa Rayados Houston
2009 Academy - Champions of Silver Final
2008 Academy - Semifinals Bronze Finals
2007 Academy - Semifinalist Top Finals
2006 Academy - Semifinalist Top Finals
2004 Academy - Champions Top Finals
Locomotive Youth Soccer recently completed a fundraising campaign to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
Locomotive FC pink shirts were purchased and worn by youth players and families in the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will be donated to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation.
Thanks to all who supported this campaign to raise awareness and money to help fight breast cancer.
With games played in El Paso on June 16 & 17 vs Austin FC's Academy, Locomotive youth soccer teams wrapped up another successful season.
After tremendous results at tournaments in Dallas and Denver, the youth teams of Locomotive FC now rest and re-group for the future. Team formation for the 2021-2022 youth soccer year is underway and all teams will be announced by the end of June.
"2020 - 2021 was a fantastic 1st season for our youth teams," commented Bob Bigney, Locomotive FC Director of Youth Soccer. "Now it's on to bigger and better things for the future."
Look for more announcements about Locomotive Youth Soccer coming soon on this web page.
Eleven Locomotive Youth Teams attended tournaments in Denver and in Dallas over the Memorial Day Weekend.
In Dallas, at the Texas Super Cup, the 2006 (u15) Gold team, coached by Raul Vazquez, captured the title with a 3-0 win in the championship game. Coach Raul's team went through the tournament undefeated in 4 games.
The 2007 (u14) Gold team, led by Coach Obed Hernandez, went undefeated with two wins and one tie.
Impressive wins were also posted in Dallas by the 2008 Silver team (Coach Alexis Mendoza), the 2004 Gold team (Coach Osvaldo Morales) and the 2003 Gold team (Coach Albert Lepe).
In Denver, at the prestigious Real Colorado Showcase, Locomotive teams achieved the following results:
2008 (u13) Blue Team - Champions
Coach Jair Olivares
2007 (u14) Blue Team - Champions
Coach Omar Morin
2006 (u15) Blue Team - 3 wins; 0 losses
Coach Omar Torres
2005 (u16) Blue Team - 2 wins; 0 losses
Coach Carlos Rodriguez
2004 (u17) Blue Team - 3 wins; 0 losses
Coach Jair Olivares
Congratulations to all the Locomotive teams for their amazing performances at these tournaments.
2007 Blue - Champions!
2007 Gold - Undefeated!
2008 Blue - Champions!
2006 Gold - Champions!
Over Memorial Day Weekend, many Locomotive youth teams will be traveling to elite tournaments. Teams will represent Locomotive at the Real Colorado Showcase (Denver) and at the Texas Super Cup (Dallas).
We wish all these teams good luck as they show everybody just how good El Paso soccer is. Vamos Locos!
Locomotive youth teams face tough competition, post good results, versus Austin FC Academy.
Games were played Saturday and Sunday in the u12, u13, u14 and u15 age groups.
All games were played at the St. David's Performance Center, the new training facility for Austin FC.
On April 24 - 25, Locomotive youth teams traveled to Austin, TX to take on academy teams from the new MLS team - Austin FC.
Locomotive teams in the 2009 (u12); 2008 (u13); 2007 (u14) and 2006 (u15) played against the top academy teams from Austin FC and other clubs in the area.
Bob Bigney, the Director of Youth Soccer for Locomotive FC, commented after the weekend, "these are exactly the games we want our teams to be playing. Austin FC provided an excellent weekend where we faced very good teams. This makes our players and our teams better. We have to think faster and play faster. This was a fantastic developmental opportunity for the players in our club."
All Locomotive teams represented well and posted a combined record of 3 wins, 1 tie and 5 losses against very good teams.
Locomotive coaches Jonathan Camarena, Jair Olivares and Omar Torres traveled with Bob Bigney for the games and did a great job of managing their teams during the weekend.
All teams practicing according to the practice schedule provided to all players. Players should wear Locomotive practice gear to all sessions.
Look for any updates & announcements here.
The Locomotive Youth Soccer Club is proud to operate the DEVELOPMENTAL SOCCER LEAGUE with the City of El Paso Department of Parks & Recreation
Sessions for this league will be held:
MONDAYS at BLACKIE CHESHER PARK
WEDNESDAYS at WESTSIDE SPORTS COMPLEX
THURSDAYS at WESTSIDE SPORTS COMPLEX
More information will be provided to each Locomotive team.
Locomotive Youth Soccer and Rio Rapids Soccer Club Teams before the game
During this past weekend, Locomotive Youth Soccer hosted teams from the Rio Rapids Soccer Club in Albuquerque. Locomotive teams squared off against the Rio Rapids teams in the u11, u12, u13 and u14 age groups.
Bob Bigney, the Director of Youth Soccer for Locomotive FC, had this to say about the weekend games, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our teams to play quality competition from out of town. I still consider these pre-season games and it gave our teams a good test.”
Bigney continued, “These are the games we want. We don’t learn the same lessons from games that we win easily. We want games that challenge our players and help them learn. Our coaches took many notes and have good ideas on what we need to work on as we move forward.”
Locomotive and Rio Rapids enjoy a nice relationship as Locomotive teams have traveled to Albuquerque in the past and more events between the clubs are being discussed. Chris Hurst, the Director of Coaching for Rio Rapids, commented, “We really appreciate the opportunity to come to El Paso. The fields, the facility everything is really nice. These Locomotive teams try to play good soccer and that's great for our teams to prepare for our upcoming season."
Locomotive teams are participating in local league play and look forward to continuing their development. “Honestly, in these younger age groups, the focus is not about winning today,” stated Michael Balogun, the Coordinator of the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club. “We want to help these young players develop, help them understand the game, and work with our teams on getting better each day. Player development is a long-term process. These games, and games we have planned for all the teams in our Club, will help us improve during this process.”
The Locomotive Youth Soccer Club has hit the field for the Spring 2021 season. The youth teams representing Locomotive have been formed in the 2010 (u11) - 2007 (u14) age groups; with older teams being formed later this month.
Look for announcements on these Locomotive teams, the Coaching Staff and updates on how our youth club is doing this season.
Over the March 6-7 weekend, two Locomotive teams (u13 Blue & u14 Blue) traveled to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Rising teams that compete in the MLS-Next & ECNL National Leagues.
As the u13's and u14's begin the spring season, the quality Phoenix Rising youth teams provided an excellent pre-season test for the the Locomotive squads.
Under new coach Jair Olivares, the 2008 (u13) team faced a very talented Phoenix MLS-Next team on Saturday. The boys took away many lessons from that game, reflected overnight, and came out strong the next day against the ECNL team. In a very even game, the Locomotive team battled hard, played well and just missed out on the draw, giving up a penalty kick to lose 1-2.
Coach Omar Morin has his 2007 (u14) Locomotive team steaming ahead. Against the Phoenix MLS-Next and ECNL teams, Locomotive posted impressive 4-1 and 7-1 victories. It was a fantastic performance by the u14 squad, who are posed for a fantastic future.
Scroll down to see all the exciting news and announcements from the Fall 2020 season - the launch of the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club and the tremendous success our teams had during that first season.
The Locomotive Youth Soccer Club invites all players to join the "Keepey Ups" Challenge.
This Sunday afternoon, grab a ball and keep it up. Go for your world's record number of touches. See if you can hit the mark for your age group.
Tag us on your posts & stories
Show us those insane juggling tricks & skills!
Go for the high score in your age group. Send in to your team or post a video (and tag us) telling us how many touches you had - and showing us your juggling tricks.
Sunday, November 1st at 3:00pm
The Locomotive Youth Soccer Club is encouraging all players (and coaches!) to get out and go for a run!
Runners should maintain social distancing when around others and can run any distance they choose. Always be safe on the road and look for other runners - maybe someone else from the Club lives in your neighborhood!
Post your video/photo on Instagram and tag us!
The local El Paso league finished the Fall 2020 season - and Locomotive youth teams continued their success on the field. Bob Bigney, the Director of Youth Soccer for Locomotive FC, shared these thoughts. "I think we had a couple of weekends where our whole Club went undefeated in league games. All 16 teams. To be getting these results, at the end of the season, shows the way our teams have developed. Our coaches weren't concerned with game results back in August. They were focusing on how the players performed and how the team was playing together. That attention to development showed as all of our teams are now playing very good soccer."
With the local league finished for the season, Locomotive teams will wrap up the fall season with some post-season events and inter-club activities. Older teams will take a break during the HS season and younger teams will be eager to start training again in early 2021.
"Overall, it was a fantastic 1st season for the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club", continued Bigney. "We had a few challenging games in league play, the practice environment was excellent and our coaches did a great job in providing quality experiences for the players on their teams. And better things are coming in the future!"
Teams in the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club enjoyed another successful weekend of games in the local El Paso League.
Bob Bigney, the Director of Youth Soccer for Locomotive FC commented, "Our teams continue to put in excellent performances, both with their quality of play on the field - and with the way the players, coaches and spectators conduct themselves at games."
Locomotive teams, 16 teams in the U11 - U18 age groups, are setting the standard for how a youth soccer club should operate. Bigney continued, "it's great to see our coaches working together to meet the needs of all our players. The club philosophy that we are promoting really helps to provide a great environment for players to develop and enjoy success on & off the field."
Teams will play in local league games until the end of October. Several exciting events are planned for the end of the Fall 2020 season with teams participating in local tournaments, regional competitions, hosting several top teams/clubs in El Paso and playing against MLS Academy teams.
With the Paso Del Norte League taking a break over the Labor Day weekend, the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club can look back on the matches that have been played during the first 3 weekends of the local El Paso league.
Since the launch of the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club in April, coaches have developed their squads and organized the players on the fields for practices and games. In its inaugural year, the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club has formed 16 teams for boys in the u11 – u18 age groups.
“With all things considered, the start of the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club has really been amazing”, commented Bob Bigney, the Director of Youth Soccer for Locomotive FC. “We have been very fortunate to attract the coaches we have in the club. They have done a great job of managing their teams to start the season. Over time, our players will really benefit from the instruction and direction they receive from our coaching staff”.
The local league began games on August 15 and have completed 3 weekends of play. Over the past weekends, Locomotive teams have compiled the following results:
34 games played. 23 games won.
121 goals scored. 48 goals allowed.
Bigney continued, “With the season just getting started, and our teams just coming together, results are not the most important thing for our coaches & teams. We are developing a style of play and teaching the players how to play the game – it is a process and it takes time to develop. But the way our teams are playing right now is very promising for the future. In time, we will continue to get better and better.”
Locomotive teams will continue league play after the Labor Day Holiday. Teams have a regular practice schedule which provides development for all players in the Club. As Bob Bigney noted, “The practice environment we have created truly provides some wonderful developmental opportunities for our players and coaches. We are operating as a true youth soccer club, where coaches work together to provide the best opportunities for each player. We are seeing great results from this approach already – and the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club is just getting started!”
As the Youth Club Director, Bob Bigney brings vast experience to the oversight of the Club. Bigney holds his National A License and the National Youth License from US Soccer, where he also serves as a coach educator for the US Federation. In addition to coaching at the college & professional levels for 14 years, Bigney has worked as the Club Technical Director for several nationally recognized youth clubs and served as the State Director of Coaching in Oregon and New Mexico before coming on board with Locomotive FC.
Locomotive Youth Teams Announced for the Fall 2020 Season
Bob Bigney, the Director of Youth Soccer for El Paso Locomotive FC, proudly announced the youth teams that will represent Locomotive for the Fall season.
"While the team formation process was tricky this spring, we are thrilled with the squads we have put together and the coaches we have leading these teams. These Locomotive youth teams will compete in local, regional and national events and players will experience the connection to the Locomotive FC professional team."
"We are very proud of the 16 teams (u11 - u18) we have formed for boys this season - and look forward to launching the girl's side of the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club in the future."
Bob Bigney - Director, Youth Soccer. Locomotive FC
The Locomotive Youth Soccer Teams are currently preparing for the Fall 2020 season.
On Sunday, Aug 9, the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club conducted specialized training for the Club's goalkeepers in the u15, u16, u17 and u18 age groups.
Led by JC Garzon & Obed Hernandez, who serve as the GK Coaches for the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club, the Youth Club's goalkeepers were put through training activities to supplement their regular team training.
Stopping by to share some comments & watch the training was Locomotive FC goalkeeper Logan Ketterer.
Keeper Wars Champion - Rommel Tarrin, with Locomotive FC goalkeeper Logan Ketterer