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El Paso Re-Signs Veteran Defender Matt Bahner

By Staff, 12/07/21, 12:00PM EST


31-year-old surpassed 10,000 minutes of action in the Championship in 2021 season

Defender Matt Bahner has recorded 142 regular season appearances in the Championship as he prepares to return to El Paso Locomotive FC for the 2022 season. | Photo courtesy Rio Grande Valley FC

EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC announced on Tuesday it had re-signed veteran defender Matt Bahner, pending league and federation approval.

Bahner joined El Paso shortly after the resumption of the abbreviated 2020 USL Championship season and has since been one of the most versatile utility defenders on the roster. With the unique ability to slot into any spot on the backline from left back to right back, Bahner’s flexibility provides valuable rotation across the backline while maintaining a resourceful and dedicated starter. Over the course of two seasons, the Ohio native has played in 29 games for 1,365 minutes across all competitions, finding one goal and one assist for El Paso.

Bahner becomes the ninth player to have played extensively with El Paso Locomotive in the 2021 season and will rejoin the club for the 2022 campaign. The 31-year-old has made 142 regular season appearances overall in the Championship in his career, logging more than 10,000 minutes of action while recording five goals and eight assists.

The club is in ongoing discussions with several players from the 2021 team and will make additional player announcements for the 2022 season once they are confirmed.

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