EL PASO, TX – El Paso Locomotive FC announced on Thursday that it has acquired midfielder Chris Garcia on loan from Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake for the remainder of the 2022 USL Championship season. As per club policy, details of the season-long loan have not been made public.
The El Paso native will be available for selection when Locomotive FC visit New Mexico United on Friday night in the latest edition of the Derby del Camino Real.
“First of all, I’m happy to be back home. It’s a dream come true to play for my hometown, when I was little I played on these grounds,” said Garcia. “It’s a great opportunity and I know we only have a few games left so I want to make the most of it and I’m happy to be back.”
The 19-year-old joined the professional ranks with Real Salt Lake from the RSL Academy in February 2020 and has already made three appearances in the USL Championship for Real Monarchs SLC during the 2021 season. This season, Garcia has made two appearances for Real in MLS, while also competing for the Monarchs in MLS NEXT Pro.
Garcia also spent time on loan with Swedish club Ljungskile SK, having impressed during his time at the RSL Academy. In the 2018 season, Garcia scored 18 goals in 38 games, starting in 30 games. During the 2019 US Soccer Development Academy season, Garcia scored seven goals in six appearances.