New El Paso Locomotive FC acquisition Cole Turner has made two appearances in Major League Soccer for the Philadelphia Union while also bringing experience from the USL Championship. | Photo courtesy Morgan Tencza / The Brotherly Game
EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC announced on Tuesday it had acquired Philadelphia Union homegrown midfielder Cole Turner on loan for the remainder of the 2021 USL Championship season. The transaction was completed prior to the USL Championship’s official roster freeze this past Friday.
“Cole is a player with USL and MLS experience and is coming on loan from a very good MLS club,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Mark Lowry. “He is strong and a very good ballplayer from the central area of the field. He plays in a key position where we feel like we are going to need some extra support during this stretch of games in October. We are excited to have him with us.”
Turner, 20, came through Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union’s Academy program, where he signed in 2015. In 2019, Turner was a USL Academy signing with the USL Championship’s Philadelphia Union II, making a total of 29 appearances during his time with the club.
In January 2020, the Maryland native signed an MLS Homegrown Player contract with Philadelphia Union, making his MLS debut against Club de Foot Montreal on September 20 as he provided depth for the club to help the Union win the Supporters’ Shield in 2020. In addition to his experience in the Championship and MLS, Turner was called to a USMNT U-14 team camp in 2014.