El Paso Locomotive FC Rolled Out as City’s New Professional Soccer Team

EL PASO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, at a high-energy presentation at the EPIC Railyard Event Center,
officials from MountainStar Sports Group announced that El Paso Locomotive
FC is the name of the newest USL team in the country. The El Paso
Locomotive will compete in their inaugural season at Southwest
University Park beginning in March of 2019.

The search for the team name began with a community-wide effort inviting
the region’s fans to submit names through the El Paso USL website. The
list was narrowed based on creativity, marketability, fun, and relevance
to El Paso’s unique character. Locomotive was the name chosen to reflect
El Paso’s history, unique spirit, and momentum. The new name provides
the foundation for a comprehensive brand of fun, family-oriented
entertainment associated with professional soccer.

“Thanks to input from thousands of people throughout El Paso and the
Borderplex who participated in our Name The Team Contest, we believe El
Paso Locomotive FC and its crest accurately represent this region,” said
Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group. “The overriding
objectives of MountainStar Sports Group are to improve the quality of
life in this region and to make it more economically competitive, and
the addition of USL professional soccer beginning in 2019 is a
significant step forward in that effort. We’re proud to represent the

“We want to thank El Pasoans for the energy and passion they brought to
the Name The Team process. The tremendous community input and support we
received is greatly appreciated,” said Andrew Forrest, General Manager
of El Paso Locomotive. “El Paso Locomotive looks forward to bringing the
high-quality soccer our fans have been waiting for to Southwest
University Park in just a few months.”

El Paso Locomotive FC’s team crest was also revealed today. The
centerpiece is a classic and commanding locomotive engine which includes
11 bars representing the team’s 11 players on the field who play
together to defend and lead the team to victory. The outline along the
bottom portion of the crest pays homage to the region’s mission style
architecture while the top half represents the Franklin Mountains. The
crest also includes a tribute to El Paso’s mountain star. The team
colors are High Noon Sun (yellow), West Texas Sky (light blue) and
Desert Dusk (navy).

The identity of El Paso Locomotive FC was brought to life by Brandiose,
a design firm in San Diego. The firm has helped to successfully launch
the identities of dozens of professional sports teams over the years,
including the Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Reno 1868 FC, South Georgia Tormenta
FC, FC Juarez, and the El Paso Chihuahuas.

“El Paso is one of the most passionate communities in America. It’s the
center of North American transportation and has taken a leadership
position in the future of sports entertainment,” said Jason Klein,
Partner at Brandiose. “We worked hard to infuse the crest with the icons
and spirit that is the cornerstone of the El Paso community.”

El Paso Locomotive FC will unveil their jersey for the 2019 season at a
later date.

The team name reveal event also featured the unveiling of El Paso
Locomotive FC merchandise and apparel. Shirts for men, women, and
children, as well as an assortment of adjustable hats, were popular
items available for purchase. Locomotive fans and supporters were quick
to buy sweatshirts, tank tops, koozies, lanyards, water bottles, and
keychains. Immediately after the event revealing the new team name, El
Paso Locomotive FC merchandise became available for purchase at the Team
Store located adjacent to the Santa Fe Street Gate at Southwest
University Park. The store will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday,
October 4th. On Friday, October 5th, the team
store will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Starting October 6th,
the team store will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fans and supporters can follow the El Paso Locomotive FC at www.eplocomotivefc.com
and on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram at eplocomotivefc.

El Paso Locomotive’s first game will be played in March of 2019 at
Southwest University Park. Season ticket membership, and group and
hospitality information can be found at www.eplocomotivefc.com
or by calling 915-235-GOAL. Tickets for all these products are now on

About El Paso Locomotive FC

For more information about El Paso Locomotive FC, please visit www.eplocomotivefc.com.

About MountainStar Sports Group

Founded in 2012, MountainStar Sports Group, LLC (MSSG) is dedicated to
initiatives that promote economic development and enhance the quality of
life throughout the Borderplex region. MSSG’s main focus has been on the
acquisition, development, and operation of professional sports and
entertainment opportunities for El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez,
Mexico. MSSG owns and operates the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A
affiliate of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball, and El Paso
Locomotive FC, an expansion soccer club of the United Soccer League.
MountainStar Sports Group is also a co-owner of FC Juaréz (Los Bravos)
of Mexico’s Liga Ascenso in the Mexican Futbol Federation. The owners of
MSSG are Woody Hunt, Paul Foster, Alejandra De la Vega Foster, who
serves as Chair of Los Bravos, and Josh Hunt, who serves as CEO of
MountainStar Sports Group. Alan Ledford is President of MSSG.


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