Sebastian Velasquez has signed a multi-year deal to return to El Paso Locomotive FC, which he helped reach the Western Conference Final of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs in his prior stint at the club. | Photo courtesy Ivan Pierre Aguirre / El Paso Lo
EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC announced on Monday it had signed midfielder Sebastian Velasquez to a multi-year contract, pending league and federation approval.
“We are very happy to welcome back Sebastian into our group,” said Locomotive FC Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry. “There is no doubt Sebastian has great quality, we have seen it before, and we hope to see it again. The current group that we have in 2021 is a different team to what we had back in 2019. We are three years into building a culture on and off the field and that is the main reason why we are on this current unbeaten streak dating back 10 months.
“This is who we are as a team and an organization. We are always looking for ways to improve and we will never stand still. We move forward every day, and Sebastian is coming in at a good moment, with lots of football left in the season. He can make an impact and help us achieve our very lofty objectives.”
Velasquez returns to El Paso after spending a season-and-a-half away. In 2019, Velasquez signed with El Paso in the summer, helping push the team through to a successful playoff run that secured the club’s first Western Conference Final appearance. During his first stint with Locomotive, the Colombian midfielder made 16 appearances including playoffs, all of which were starts. In that time, Velasquez recorded five goals and one assist.
Since departing Locomotive after the 2019 season, Velasquez moved to fellow USL Championship side Miami FC where he recorded four goals in 10 appearances. The 30-year-old then competed in the Israeli Premier League where he featured in 12 appearances with two goals for Bnei Sakhnin. A former USL Championship All-League selection with Real Monarchs SLC in 2017, Velasquez has made 74 regular-season appearances in the Championship in his career, recording 23 goals and 12 assists.