New Mexico United

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New Mexico United
New Mexico United logo.svg
FoundedJune 6, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-06-06)
StadiumRio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park
Capacity13,500
OwnerPeter Trevisani
ManagerTroy Lesesne
LeagueUSL Championship
201910th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Play-In Round
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

History[edit]

Former teams[edit]

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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5] The Geckos won the Division 3 championship and were promoted to the second division A-League in 1998,[6] but struggled to win matches and were unable to pay players and creditors.[7] The team had an average attendance of 1,200 and announced their move to Sacramento, California in October 1998.[8][9]

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).[10] 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.[11] The stadium study identified three potential locations in downtown Albuquerque for a stadium, which would cost $24–45 million.[12]

USL franchise[edit]

New Mexico United's Chris Wehan takes a corner kick during a USLC match in 2019

On June 6, 2018, the USL announced an expansion club from Albuquerque that would begin play in March 2019.[13] The club announced its name, New Mexico United, and colors on October 9, 2018, following fan suggestions that generated 226 total names.[14][15]

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.[16] 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.[17][18] 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.[17][19]

Club crest and colors[edit]

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.[15] The crest also has a black diamond with the number "18", representing the year the club was founded.[14] The yellow-and-black color scheme was colored to reference the state flag while differentiating itself from other local clubs.[14][15]

Sponsorship[edit]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019 Adidas Meow Wolf (home)[20]
KraneShares (away)[20]
2020–present Puma[21]

Stadium[edit]

The entrance to Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park in 2005

The club plays at Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park, known as only Isotopes Park in 2019 and nicknamed The Lab, a baseball stadium that is primarily home to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League. New Mexico United will play at the facility until a soccer-specific stadium is built.[22] The Isotopes will remain the primary tenant and the USL team will schedule its home games during away games for the Isotopes.[23] The stadium seats 13,500 spectators for baseball games.[22]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of July 25, 2020[24]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Cody Mizell  United States
3 Defender Austin Yearwood  United States
4 Defender Sam Hamilton  United States
5 Defender Josh Suggs  United States
6 Defender David Najem  Afghanistan
7 Midfielder Ryan Williams  United States
8 Midfielder Juan Pablo Guzmán  Colombia
9 Forward Devon Sandoval  United States
10 Forward Amando Moreno  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
18 Goalkeeper Philipp Beigl  Germany
19 Forward David Estrada  Mexico
20 Midfielder Andrew Tinari  United States
22 Defender Kalen Ryden  United States
23 Forward Sammy Sergi  United States
25 Midfielder Daniel Bruce  England
26 Midfielder Joris Ahlinvi  France
27 Forward Romeo Parkes (on loan from Sligo Rovers)  Jamaica

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
12 Goalkeeper Ben Beaury (at Reno 1868)  United States

Technical staff[edit]

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 High Performance Youth Program Zach Prince
Second Assistant Coach and Assistant Director of High Performance Youth Program Gavin Glinton[25]
Director of Goalkeepers Peter Davis[25]
Head Athletic Trainer Tyler Harris

Last updated: February 4, 2020
Source: New Mexico United

Front office[edit]

Title Name
CEO and President Peter Trevisani
Chief Administrative Officer Desiree Kim
Chief Revenue Officer vacant[26]
Director of Innovation Lukas Cash
Creative Director Josh Lane
Director of Public Relations Jessica Campbell

Last updated: January 23, 2020
Source: New Mexico United

Ownership[edit]

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.[22]

Team Records[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

As of 1 August 2020
Season USL Championship Play-offs U.S. Open Cup Top Scorer 1 Head Coach
P W L D GF GA Pts Pos Player Goals
2019 34 11 10 13 59 57 46 10th, Western Conference Play-In Round Quarterfinals Jamaica Kevaughn Frater 14 United States Troy Lesesne
2020 5 3 1 1 9 5 10 1st, Group C[27][28] TBD TBD[29] United States Chris Wehan 4

^ 1. Top Scorer includes statistics from league matches only.

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL Regular Season, USL Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Troy Lesesne  United States August 13, 2018 Present 45 18 13 14 040.00

Average attendance[edit]

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
2019 12,693 (1st in USL Championship) Did not play at home; lost the play-in round to Sacramento Republic FC

Top goalscorers[edit]

  • Players in bold are still active with New Mexico United; includes all competitive matches
  • Includes regular season, playoffs, and domestic cup
  • As of 1 August 2020.[30]
Rank Player Nation Years active Goals
1 Devon Sandoval United States 2019-present 18
2 Kevaughn Frater Jamaica 2019 17
3 Chris Wehan United States 2019-present 15
4 Santi Moar Spain 2019 12
5 Sam Hamilton United States 2019–present 3
6 Daniel Bruce England 2019–present 2
David Estrada Mexico / United States 2019–present
Justin Schmidt United States 2019–present
Ryan Williams United States 2019–present
7 Josh Suggs United States 2019–present 1
Saalih Muhammad United States 2019-present
Amando Moreno United States 2020-present
Joris Ahlinvi France 2020-present

New Mexico United U23[edit]

On Jan 23, 2020 New Mexico United announced that it will field a U23 team in the USL League Two for the 2020 season. The club will compete in the Mountain Division. The U23 team will bridge the gap between the High Performance Youth Program and the first team.[31]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Corporation Folds Has Chiles in Limbo". Albuquerque Journal. September 4, 1996. p. D2. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  4. ^ Wright, Rick (February 26, 1997). "Geckos Are Rushing to the Rescue". Albuquerque Journal. p. D1. Retrieved June 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
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