EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – For the second day in a row, El Paso Locomotive FC have added another goalkeeper to their roster. The team announced on Friday that they had signed on loan from Adrian Zendejas of Minnesota United, pending league and federation approval.
The move comes just 24 hours after the signing of Ben Beaury, who started last season for Reno 1868 FC.
Locomotive FC is a short keeper with starter Logan Ketterer still playing with Portland Timbers FC on loan. The club found themselves with 19-year-old Marco Canales as the only real option on the roster at the start of the week. The two additions now give options to head coach Mark Lowry when El Paso hosts Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday.
“As we enter a time of uncertainty with a lot of games to come and the transfer window closing on June 1, it was important for us to cover all possibilities,” said Lowry. “Our job is to always protect the integrity of this club and to make sure, whatever the scenarios that present themselves in the coming weeks, that we are prepared, in control, and that we continue to be competitive every day and to win matches. We would like to thank Minnesota United for helping us move this project forward with Adrian and are delighted with what he can offer the group over the next few weeks.
Zendejas, 25, comes to El Paso with extensive experience at the USL Championship level. The California native made his professional debut with USL team Sporting Kansas City II, helping the club to two USL Cup finals (2016, 2017). Following his outstanding performance in the 2016 season with SKCII, Zendejas signed with his parent MLS club Sporting Kansas City, where he made appearances at the 2018 US Open Cup. He shut out Real Salt Lake during the season. of a 2-0 win and made five saves against FC Dallas to secure a 3-2 win in the round of 16. Zendejas was traded to Nashville SC before being traded again to Minnesota United where he is currently signed. .
It’s unclear who will start in the net, but Zendejas is expected to be the guy when Locomotive FC take the pitch against Toros on Saturday night.
“It’s up to Mark [Lowry] decision, ”Zendejas said. “I just know I’ll definitely be on the list with one of those 18 spots. I just arrived a few days ago so I’m settling in and I’m really, really excited to be here.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN +.