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Major Arena Soccer League coming to El Paso this fall

The El Paso Coyotes

The Major Arena Soccer League announced it is expanding a team to the El Paso area.

The El Paso Sports Commission held a press conference at the El Paso County Coliseum to announce the El Paso Coyotes.

"I think this is the foundation of things to come," said El Paso County Commissioner Carlos Leon.

MASL is an indoor soccer league founded in 2008 with 14 teams across the U.S. and three teams in Mexico.

"We try to bring the best of the best. Players, coaches, sponsors, everything," said Gil Cantu, president of the El Paso Coyotes.

"So we're working to bring something that will have a good first year."

Héctor Hugo Eugui was announced as the head coach of the Coyotes.

Eugui played for several teams from 1969 to 1980, most notably the Deportivo Toluca F.C. and managed teams from 1981 until 2012.

From 2008-09, Eugui managed los Indios de Ciudad Juarez.

Kevin Milliken, founder of the MASL, used to be with the El Paso Patriots in the UISL back in the 1990s.

He said, "We expect a lot of great thing in El Paso. Just all seems to really make sense. To me, it seemed like an absolute no brainer."


There has been speculation since 2014 that a Major League Soccer team would arrive in El Paso. MountainStar Sports Group announced in June 2014 its plans to pursue an MLS team.

The news was well-received by fans, but no other information was released since then about the possibility of an MLS team coming to El Paso.

MLS is a separate entity from MASL.

"There's a lot of people that want to see soccer in our city," Cantu said.

"What I can tell you, people who are listening to us know we are going to try our best and we're going to work with excellence."

Some people in attendance at today's press conference are on board with the new Sun City sports team.

When KFOX14 asked Commissioner Leon if he'd get season tickets, he said, "I don't know. I'm moving in that direction."

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