New Mexico Chiles

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This article is about the sports team. For the state vegetable of New Mexico, see New Mexico chile.

The New Mexico Chiles were an American soccer club established in 1990 which competed in the American Professional Soccer League. In 1991, the team merged with the New Mexico Roadrunners and moved to the USISL until its disestablishment in 1996.

History[edit]

In 1986, the semi-professional Albuquerque Outlaws entered the newly established Southwest Indoor Soccer League. In 1987, the team became the Albuquerque Gunners. In 1989, the SISL and Gunners began playing both a summer outdoor as well as a winter indoor season. The team was renamed the New Mexico Roadrunners for the 1990/91 indoor season.

In 1990, the New Mexico Chiles were established as an expansion franchise in the American Professional Soccer League. Following the season, the ownership dissolved. Players and organizers then merged with the New Mexico Roadrunners. The new team took on the Chiles name and logo and competed in the USISL until it folded in 1996.

The legacy of semi-pro/pro soccer in Albuquerque and New Mexico would be revived with the birth of the Albuquerque Geckos, who would play in the USL D-3 Pro League in 1997, winning the championship, and jumping up to the USL A-League from 1998–1999.[1]

SISL/USISL[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1986/87 N/A SISL Indoor 4th Did not qualify N/A
1987/88 N/A SISL Indoor 2nd Semifinals N/A
1988/89 N/A SISL Indoor 2nd, West 1st Round N/A
1989 N/A SISL 5th Did not qualify Did not enter
1989/90 N/A SISL Indoor 3rd, Cactus Did not qualify N/A
1990 N/A SISL 5th, Western Did not qualify Did not enter
1990/91 N/A SISL Indoor 7th, Southwest Quarterfinals N/A
1991 N/A SISL 1st, Southwest Final Semifinals
1992 N/A USISL 2nd, Southwest Round 1 2nd round
1993 N/A USISL 4th, Southwest Did not qualify Did not enter
1994 3 USISL 7th, Southwest Divisional Finals Did not enter
1995 3 USISL Pro League 3rd, South Central Sizzling Nine Did not qualify
1996 3 USISL Select League 4th, Pacific Did not qualify Did not qualify

APSL[edit]

The first team named the New Mexico Chiles were a soccer club that competed in the American Professional Soccer League in 1990.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1990 N/A APSL 5th, WSL South Did not qualify Did not enter

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