Earlier today, El Paso Locomotive FC announced that defender Matt Bahner had signed a contract with the club pending league and federation approval. He will replace Fabrice Fokobo, who was released by the team yesterday. The 30-year old Bahner will have an opportunity to reunite with head coach and technical director Mark Lowry.

"Matt is a player I am familiar with from my time at Jacksonville," Lowry said in the official team release. "He can play anywhere across the back line and brings a good deal of experience and athleticism. As a person, he is one of the best I have worked with and is the type of player we want around this club; honest and hard working."

El Paso Locomotive FC.
El Paso Locomotive FC.

Bahner spent his last three seasons in the USL with FC Cincinnati and Saint Louis FC. Prior to that, he played two seasons with the Jacksonville Armada, including 2016 under head coach Mark Lowry. He also has played professionally with the Harrisburg City Islanders. Bahner played his collegiate soccer at the University of Cincinnati from 2008-2012. He will give Coach Lowry more depth in the backline and an his USL experience should benefit the Locomotive, who host Colorado Springs Switchbacks this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The game will be seen locally on the CW and also on ESPN+ with Duke Keith and Michael Balogun calling the action from Southwest University Park.

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