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El Paso Locomotive FC U16s Clinch Berth to USYS National Championships

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May 13, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
El Paso Locomotive FC News Release

EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC’s U16 Boys team made history earlier this month when it lifted the trophy at the 2023/24 US Youth Soccer National League P.R.O event in Oceanside, California. With the result, the young Locos clinched a historic berth in the USYS National Championships, which will be held in Orlando, Florida this July.

Led by Coach Marc Roach, the U16 team will be the first ever Locomotive Academy team to compete in the National Championships, one of the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournaments, providing approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.

“We are very excited to have punched our ticket to the National Championships and make history for our club,” Academy Director Ivan Militar said. “The U16 team has a core group of players that have been with Locomotive Academy since its inception, so I am especially thrilled for those players and their families. It is a fantastic group that has come a long way to become a true force in competitiveness, talent and effort.

Roach led this team all year with humbleness, a strong sense of discipline and a lot of love. The entire community of the U16 team deserves this success and we could not be prouder.”

The U16s went on an incredible run in the P.R.O competition, dominating opponents in play and outscoring them on their undefeated path to 2024 National Championships. See results below.


El Paso Locomotive FC 3-0 win vs AC Brea (Round 1)

El Paso Locomotive FC 2-0 win vs CDA Slammers (Quarterfinal)

El Paso Locomotive FC 5-1 win vs Matrix Mavens (Semifinal)

El Paso Locomotive FC 3-0 win vs Aspire FC (Final)


The 2024 USYS National Championships, presented by New York Life, will be held at the famous ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida between July 23-28. For more information about this year’s Championships, click here.


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