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New Mexico United is an American professional soccer team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 2018, the team plays in the USL Championship, the second division of American soccer.

New Mexico United
New Mexico United logo.png
FoundedJune 6, 2018; 15 months ago (2018-06-06)
StadiumIsotopes Park
Capacity13,500
OwnerPeter Trevisani
ManagerTroy Lesesne
LeagueUSL Championship
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

On June 6, 2018, the USL announced an expansion club from Albuquerque that would begin play in March 2019.[1] The club announced its name, New Mexico United, and colors on October 9, 2018, following fan suggestions that generated 226 total names.[2][3]

The team played its opening match on March 9, 2019, with 12,896 fans in attendance at Isotopes Park. Devon Sandoval scored the team's first-ever goal in a 1–1 draw against Fresno FC.[4] New Mexico United enjoyed popular success in its inaugural season, leading the USL Championship in average attendance and selling out Isotopes Park with 15,023 spectators on May 5, 2019.[5][6] In the 2019 U.S. Open Cup, the team defeated two MLS clubs (the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas) before losing in the quarterfinals to Minnesota United FC; for the match in Minnesota, the club organized a charter flight from Albuquerque that carried 180 away fans.[5][7]

Club crest and colorsEdit

 
The club's branding draws inspiration from the Zia symbol, seen here on the state flag of New Mexico.

The New Mexico United crest is a simple yellow shield with four black lines that represent the Zia symbol, found on the state flag and used with permission from the Zia tribe.[3] The crest also has a black diamond with the number "18", representing the year the club was founded.[2] The yellow-and-black color scheme was colored to reference the state flag while differentiating itself from other local clubs.[2][3]

SponsorshipEdit

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019–present Adidas Meow Wolf (home)[8]
KraneShares (away)[8]

StadiumEdit

 
The entrance to Isotopes Park in 2005

The club will play at Isotopes Park, a baseball stadium that is primarily home to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League, until a soccer-specific stadium is built.[9] The Isotopes will remain the primary tenant and the USL team will schedule its home games during away games for the Isotopes.[10] The stadium seats 13,500 spectators for baseball games.[9]

Players and staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of March 7, 2019[11]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Cody Mizell   United States
2 Defender Ethen Sampson   South Africa
3 Defender Austin Yearwood   United States
4 Midfielder Sam Hamilton   United States
5 Defender Josh Suggs   United States
6 Midfielder Toni Soler   Spain
7 Midfielder Ryan Williams   United States
8 Midfielder Juan Guzmán   Colombia
9 Forward Devon Sandoval   United States
10 Forward Kevaughn Frater   Jamaica
11 Forward Santi Moar   Spain
12 Goalkeeper Ben Beaury   United States
14 Midfielder Chris Wehan   United States
15 Defender Rashid Tetteh   Ghana
16 Midfielder Saalih Muhammad   United States
17 Defender Justin Schmidt   United States
19 Forward David Estrada   Mexico
20 Midfielder Josh Goss   United States
23 Midfielder Tommy Madden   United States
24 Defender Manny Padilla   United States
25 Midfielder Daniel Bruce   England
26 Midfielder Kenny Akamatsu   Japan

Coaching and executive staffEdit

Title Name
Head Coach and Technical Director Troy Lesesne
Director of Soccer Operations and Assistant Technical Director Brandon Morris
First Assistant Coach and Director of Goalkeeping Mike Graczyk
Assistant Coach and Director of High Performance Youth Programming Zach Prince
Head Athletic Trainer Tyler Harris
CEO and President Peter Trevisani
VP of sales and partnerships Ron Patel

Last updated: November 6, 2018
Source: New Mexico United

OwnershipEdit

The club's majority owner and team president is New Mexico resident, Peter Trevisani. The club's other owners have ties to New Mexico and include investor Ian McKinnon, TEAM8, Ed Garcia, Ben Spencer, and Jason Harrington.[9]

History of Soccer in New MexicoEdit

 
New Mexico United's Chris Wehan sends in a corner kick vs. Portland Timbers 2 on April 26th, 2019

The state of New Mexico gained its first professional soccer team in the 1990s, the New Mexico Chiles of the American Professional Soccer League and later the USISL.[12][13] The team was runner-up for the league title in 1995 and attracted an average home attendance of 3,854, but was folded by its owners in 1996.[14] The Chiles was replaced the following season by the Albuquerque Geckos, who entered USISL's Division 3 with new owners and played at a new soccer stadium shared with the collegiate New Mexico Lobos.[15][16] The Geckos won the Division 3 championship and were promoted to the second division A-League in 1998,[17] but struggled to win matches and were unable to pay players and creditors.[18] The team had an average attendance of 1,200 and announced their move to Sacramento, California in October 1998.[19][20]

A semi-professional team, the Albuquerque Sol, was established in 2014 to capitalize on the area's interest in soccer. The team's owners stated that their goal was to earn a USL expansion team within a few years and eventually move to Major League Soccer (MLS).[21] The Sol commissioned a study in 2016 to analyze a potential downtown soccer-specific stadium with 10,000 seats to support a USL expansion in 2018 and a MLS expansion by 2024.[22] The stadium study identified three potential locations in downtown Albuquerque for a stadium, which would cost $24–45 million.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "United Soccer League Announces New Mexico Club". USL. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Seligman, Noah (October 9, 2018). "USL club will be known as New Mexico United". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "New Mexico United Unveils Official Name, Branding" (Press release). USL. October 9, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Seligman, Noah (March 9, 2019). "NM United plays to a draw; 12,896 witness debut". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Yodice, James (July 6, 2019). "NM United becomes major local attraction". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Seligman, Noah (May 5, 2019). "New Mexico United fills up Isotopes Park, shuts out San Antonio, moves into first place". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Greder, Andy (July 10, 2019). "Loons run in U.S. Open Cup continues with 6-1 win over New Mexico". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Davis, Ron (March 1, 2019). "Why NM's soccer team partnered with a national investment firm". Albuquerque Business First. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Seligman, Noah (June 6, 2018). "New United Soccer League team coming to Albuquerque". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  10. ^ Davis, Ron (June 6, 2018). "New Mexico's kickin' it with addition of a new sports team". Albuquerque Business First. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "Roster". NewMexicoUtd.com. New Mexico United. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  12. ^ McAfee, Sean (April 30, 1992). "New League Hopes To Market Soccer Nationally". Albuquerque Journal. p. D5. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  13. ^ McAfee, Sean (August 29, 1995). "Chiles Have Rare Chance". Albuquerque Journal. p. D1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  14. ^ "Corporation Folds Has Chiles in Limbo". Albuquerque Journal. September 4, 1996. p. D2. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  15. ^ Wright, Rick (February 26, 1997). "Geckos Are Rushing to the Rescue". Albuquerque Journal. p. D1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  16. ^ Latta, Dennis (January 17, 1997). "Albuquerque Will Be Getting Another USISL Entry, After All". Albuquerque Journal. p. C1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  17. ^ Rosales, Glen (April 25, 1998). "The 'A' Game". Albuquerque Journal. p. C1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  18. ^ Wright, Rick (September 22, 1998). "Financial Mess Aside, Geckos Plan To Return". Albuquerque Journal. p. D1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  19. ^ Harrison, Randy (May 22, 1999). "New Mexico Slam Giving It a Go". Albuquerque Journal. p. D9. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  20. ^ Rosales, Glen (October 15, 1998). "Financially Strapped Geckos Give Up, Head to Sacramento". Albuquerque Journal. p. C1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  21. ^ Smith, Mark (May 23, 2014). "Set to put on a show: Duke City team eager for home opener". Albuquerque Journal. p. D1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  22. ^ "Albuquerque soccer team hopes to go pro, build new downtown stadium". KRQE. March 21, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  23. ^ Schmitt, Madeline (July 26, 2017). "Study pinpoints possible locations, price tag on soccer stadium for Albuquerque Sol FC". KRQE. Retrieved June 9, 2018.

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