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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
OwnerPeter Trevisani
ManagerTroy Lesesne
LeagueUSL Championship
20206th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Semifinals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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


Former teams

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 launch and inaugural season

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

2020 season

In March 2020, the USL Championship postponed the 2020 season with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, after New Mexico United had played one game.[20] The season restarted in July 2020 with a modified format, placing teams into eight smaller regional groups. The club was placed in Group C with Four Corners opponents Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Real Monarchs, and nearby El Paso Locomotive FC. Due to statewide health orders and quarantine requirements, New Mexico United played all 15 of their regular season matches and both of their playoff matches away from home, earning the local nickname the "Road Warriors."[21] The team ended the regular season with a record of 8 wins, 3 draws, and 4 losses; a sixteenth planned match against Rio Grande Valley FC Toros was postponed, and eventually cancelled, due to cases of COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley organization.[22]

The club qualified for the USL Championship Playoffs by coming second in their group. In the Western Conference Quarterfinals, they defeated San Antonio FC in extra time, with Chris Wehan scoring the winning goal in the 101st minute. In the Conference Semifinal, the club lost to El Paso Locomotive 3-5 on penalties, after drawing 1-1 at the end of extra time.[23][24]

In March 2020, the club launched the Somos Unidos Foundation, a charitable nonprofit arm of the New Mexico United organization.[25]

Club crest and colors

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


Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2019 Adidas Meow Wolf (home)[26]
KraneShares (away)[26]
2020–present Puma[27]


The entrance to Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park in 2005
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.[28] The Isotopes will remain the primary tenant and the USL team will schedule its home games during away games for the Isotopes.[29] The stadium seats 13,500 spectators for baseball games.[28]

In February 2020, New Mexico United announced that it would develop a home stadium and community culture center after being awarded $4.1 million in capital outlay funds by the state legislature.[30] A public poll of Albuquerque residents conducted in January 2021 found strong support for the construction of the stadium and culture center complex.[31]

Players and staff

Current roster

As of March 17, 2021[32][33]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Alex Tambakis  Greece
2 MF Harry Swartz  United States
3 DF Austin Yearwood  United States
4 DF Sam Hamilton  United States
5 DF Josh Suggs  United States
6 DF David Najem  Afghanistan
7 MF Isidro Martinez  United States
8 MF Juan Pablo Guzmán  Colombia
9 FW Devon Sandoval  United States
10 FW Amando Moreno  United States
11 MF Sergio Rivas  Mexico
14 FW Ilija Ilić  Serbia
15 DF Rashid Tetteh  Ghana
16 DF Alex Touche  England
17 DF Justin Schmidt  United States
18 GK Philipp Beigl  Germany
20 MF Andrew Tinari  United States
22 DF Kalen Ryden  United States
23 MF Micheal Azira  Uganda
25 MF Daniel Bruce  England
99 FW Brian Brown  Jamaica
MF Armando Munoz Zarate ([A])  United States
MF Aidan Semelsberger ([A])  United States
  1. ^
    USL Academy Contract

Technical staff

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[34]
Director of Goalkeepers Peter Davis[34]
Head Athletic Trainer Tyler Harris

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

Front office

Title Name
CEO and President Peter Trevisani
Chief Administrative Officer Desiree Kim
Chief Revenue Officer Dustin McCorkle[35]
Director of Innovation Lukas Cash
Creative Director Josh Lane
Director of Communications and Fan Experience David Carl
Director of Corporate Partnership Sales Clint Gray

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


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.[28]

Team records

As of August 8, 2020

Year-by-year total

Season Results League Pos Top Scorer 1
P W D L GF GA Pts 2 Player G
2019 40 13 15 12 69 71 54 10th, Western Jamaica Kevaughn Frater 17
2020 17 9 4 4 25 18 31 2nd, Group C United States Chris Wehan 7
2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD, Mountain TBD
All-time results 3 All-time records
57 22 19 16 94 89 85 10th, Western United States Devon Sandoval 20

^ 1. Top Scorer includes all competitive matches.

^ 2. Points assigns the same point values to knockout matches as the same result would receive in the league.

^ 3. All-time results includes all competitive matches.

USL Championship

Season USL Championship Play-offs Top Scorer 1
P W D L GF GA Pts Pos Player G
2019 34 11 13 10 59 57 46 10th, Western Conference Play-In Round Jamaica Kevaughn Frater 14
2020 15 8 3 4 23 17 27 2nd, Group C [36][37] Conference Semifinal United States Chris Wehan 6
2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD, Mountain TBD TBD

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

USL Cup Playoffs

Season USL Cup Playoffs Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Entered Exited Player G
2019 1 0 0 1 1 2 Conference Play-In Round United States Devon Sandoval 1
2020 2 1 1 0 2 1 Conference Quarterfinal Conference Semifinal United States Chris Wehan / Jamaica Romeo Parkes 1
2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD

U.S. Open Cup

  • Wins on penalties are counted as draws; penalty kicks do not count as goals for or against.
Season U.S. Open Cup Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Entered Exited Player G
2019 5 2 2 1 9 12 Second Round Quarterfinals United States Devon Sandoval 3
2020 Cancelled 1
2021 DNQ2

^ 1. The 2020 U.S. Open Cup was suspended on March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[38] On August 14, the 2020 edition was cancelled.[39]

^ 2. The USSF confirmed on March 29, 2021 that the previous season's Conference finalists would participate.[40] As Western Conference losing semifinalists, New Mexico United did not qualify.

Head coaches

  • Includes USL Regular Season, USL Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
Coach Nationality Start End M W D L Win %
Troy Lesesne  United States August 13, 2018 Present 57 22 19 16 038.60

Average attendance

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
2019 12,693 (1st in USL Championship) Did not play at home
2020 Did not play at home Did not play at home

Player records

Most goals

  • Players in bold are still active with New Mexico United; includes goals in all competitive matches
    • Includes regular season, playoffs, and domestic cup
  • As of October 17, 2020.[41]
Rank Player Nation Years active Goals
1 Devon Sandoval United States 2019–present 20
2 Chris Wehan United States 2019-2020 18
3 Kevaughn Frater Jamaica 2019 17
4 Santi Moar Spain 2019 12
5 Amando Moreno United States 2020–present 6
6 David Estrada Mexico / United States 2019-2020 3
7 Daniel Bruce England 2019–present 2
Romeo Parkes Jamaica 2020
Justin Schmidt United States 2019–present
Ryan Williams United States 2019-2020
Sam Hamilton United States 2019–present
Joris Ahlinvi France / Benin 2020

Most appearances

  • Players in bold are still active with New Mexico United; includes all competitive appearances, including substitutions
    • Includes regular season, playoffs, and domestic cup
  • As of October 17, 2020.[42][43]
Rank Player Nation Years active Apps.
1 Cody Mizell United States 2019–2020 56
2 Devon Sandoval United States 2019–present 52
3 Chris Wehan United States 2019-2020 51
4 Juan Pablo Guzmán Colombia 2019–present 49
David Estrada Mexico / United States 2019–2020
6 Josh Suggs United States 2019–present 44
7 Rashid Tetteh Ghana 2019–present 43
8 Saalih Muhammad United States 2019–2020 42
9 Santi Moar Spain 2019 39
Sam Hamilton United States 2019–present
10 Justin Schmidt United States 2019–present 38

New Mexico United U23

On January 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.[44]


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