Portland Timbers gets loan from EP Locomotive FC goalkeeper Logan Ketterer

A sign of the growing stature of the El Paso locomotive in the USL, the club lent star goalkeeper Logan Ketterer to the Portland Timbers as part of a short-term deal.

Citing MLS ‘”extreme hardship” clause, meaning they don’t have two goalies available for Saturday’s game against San Jose, the Timbers get Ketterer for four days. They will have the option to keep him for longer, although El Paso coach Mark Lowry has said he expects Ketterer to return soon.

Portland has a USL “2” team but chose not to go that route. El Paso is off this week, so theoretically, Ketterer won’t miss a match with the Locomotive.

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El Paso Locomotives goaltender Logan Ketterer allowed just one goal in the Locomotives' 2-1 win over San Antonio FC at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas on September 12, 2020.

“It’s a good thing for Logan; it’s a good thing for our club,” said Lowry. “If it had impacted our season in the long run, we wouldn’t have done it. When we got the call, we looked at it from all angles. It was deserved. It was justified.

“It’s a great opportunity for Logan.

As for his outlook against San Jose, Lowry said he wouldn’t try to guess Portland’s intentions, but “it only makes sense for Logan to go there, he’s going to play,” Lowry said.

Ketterer spent two years in MLS with the Columbus Crew after being drafted by them in 2017, making an appearance. He came to El Paso in 2019 and has played in all but three games since. Ketterer finished second in the league last year with seven shutouts.

Marco canales, on loan from El Paso’s sister club FC Juarez, will occupy the top goalie position until Ketterer’s return.

“We take it week after week,” Lowry said. “Looking beyond this immediate weekend for the next game against (Rio Grande Valley on May 22), everything is on the table and one of those things is Marco. He has to be on his game and be ready. if called.

“We’re going to come into the game, whether it’s Logan or someone else, with a very competent person for the purpose.”

Bret Bloomquist can be reached at 915-546-6359; [email protected]; @Bretbloomquist on Twitter.

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