Locomotive FC Acquire Defender Moses Makinde in Trade with Tulsa
In recent weeks, injuries to Mechack Jérôme, Yuma, and Drew Beckie have taken a toll on El Paso Locomotive FC's defense. The club needed help in their back line, and they acquired Moses Makinde from Tulsa in exchange for midfielder Calvin Rezende. The trade is pending league and federation approval. Head coach Mark Lowry hopes Makinde will help his team defensively.
"I want to thank Calvin for his service here and wish him nothing but the best at Tulsa," Lowry said in a team issued release. "Moses is going to offer us much-needed depth to the back line that has been down to the bare bones this last couple of weeks. We look forward to integrating him into the group this week."
Rezende played in nine games and started five times for Locomotive FC this season. He scored twice in eleven shots and he added an assist, often contributing away from stat sheet. Makinde has started nine out of eleven matches for Roughnecks FC, and was third on the team with six blocks, 21 clearances, and he also has 11 interceptions.
The English-American defender was born in London and played his collegiate career with North Carolina State Wolfpack from 2010-2013, making 69 appearances and scoring twice. Makinde has played in the United States, England, Germany, Romania and Sweden. Makinde made 21 appearances with Syrianska FC (Sweden) and that season the club was promoted to the second division in Swedish Football.
El Paso returns to action Saturday night, when they play OKC Energy FC at Taft Field before returning to Southwest University Park Wednesday, July 17th to host San Antonio FC. The club is currently in 5th place in the Western Conference of the USL Standings with 27 points.