EL PASO, Texas – May 10, 2022 – El Paso Locomotive FC alongside the USL Championship has announced that five players have been named to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 9.
After an outstanding week that saw El Paso claim victories against FC Tulsa and LA Galaxy II, outscoring the two teams seven-to-one, Forward Lucho Solignac won Player of the Week and Midfielder Diego Luna featured on the Team of the Week Starting XI. Goalkeeper Evan Newton, Midfielder Dylan Mares, and Forward Aaron Gomez also earned honorable mentions on the bench, making for the most Locomotive players in the Team of the Week shortlist at the same time.
Lucho Solignac was named the USL Championship Player of the Week after earning 53 percent of the ballot, claiming his second straight appearance on the Team of the Week Starting XI. In Week 9, Lucho continued his hot run of form, recording two goals against FC Tulsa on Wednesday night before earning one more and forcing an own goal against LA GAlaxy II on Saturday. Over the two games, Lucho led the attack for El Paso, taking seven shots with five on frame for a 42 percent conversion rate while winning 30 percent of his duels as the front line of defense for the Locos.
Luna earns his first nod on the league’s Starting XI after having appeared twice on the bench in the 2022 season. Against FC Tulsa, Luna took four shots with two on target while creating two chances for his side. Three days later against LA Galaxy II, Luna improved, recording a goal and an assist while creating six chances from the midfield. Over the course of the two matches, LUna completed 89 percent of his passes, pressing the Locomotive attack into securing six massive points.
Evan Newton and Aaron Gomez earn their first shoutouts of the 2022 USL Championship season, making appearances on the bench for Week 9. The two are joined by Dylan Mares, making for a club-record five players on the full Team of the Week lineup. Newton kept a clean sheet against LA Galaxy II while making eight saves over the two nights to extend his league-leading clean sheet and save count. Gomez recorded three assists over the two matches, creating five chances overall to help push the Locomotive attack. Mares earned his third nod on the Team of the Week for 2022, having been named to the Starting XI in Week 5 and in Week 8. Mares recorded a goal and an assist against FC Tulsa, while creating two big chances and maintaining a 93% passing accuracy over both games.