The El Paso Coyotes took their hazing with dignity last year. As an expansion team, the Coyotes became the first professional arena soccer team to complete an entire season without winning a game, finishing 0-20.
The Coyotes came to the MASL with three Liga MX veterans, a slew of local players, and a coach who had an impressive outdoor resume, but no indoor experience. It was quickly apparent the team was in over its head competitively.
A late season shakeup produced no wins, but new coach Jose Luis Trevino brought in a handful of veterans and the team finished the season with some near misses, including three one-goal losses.
Trevino is back and the organization announced some significant signings today at a team press conference. The biggest news is that Christian Gutierrez is bringing his 51 goals to West Texas. Gutierrez is coming with ex-Atletico Baja teammates Ernesto Luna, Daniel Villela, and Manuel Rojo.
Gutierrez finished third in the MASL in goals and points (62) and many people expected him to eventually join the San Diego Sockers. Luna, is a well regarded defender who has played for the Ontario Fury and Las Vegas Legends. Rojo, who is only 20, made the MASL’s All-Rookie Team last year. Villela has been a dependable scorer for Toros Mexico, the Ontario Fury and Baja.
The Coyotes also announced the signing of forward Omar Tapia and goalkeeper Jesus Molina
Tapia finished fourth in the Zona Norte with 12 goals this summer with Deportivo Don Roge. The former Guerreros Guadalajara forward finished second on the Chicago Mustangs in scoring with 36 points in 16 games during the 2012/13 season, and played half of next season with the Monterrey Flash before visa issues scuttled the rest of his season.
Molina, who will be 41 in November, trained with the Syracuse Silver Knights last year, but didn’t see any action. He has played for the Stockton Cougars, Anaheim Bolts, Las Vegas Legends, and San Diego Sockers. “Chuy” was the Playoff MVP of the 2009 North American Championships when the Cougars won the title in the Professional Arena Soccer League’s first season.