2020 Season Preview Part 2: The more things change, the more they stay the same

2020 Season Preview Part 2: The more things change, the more they stay the same

We took a look back at the first season for New Mexico United last time. This time let’s look at the first offseason for the club. 

We saw 7 players move on from the club. Santi Moar and Kevaughn Frater are the biggest contributors to leave. That opened doors for new players to come in though. The club added 8 new players to the roster highlighted by Kalen Ryden on the defensive side and Amando Moreno of the offensive side. 

The next 5 questions talk about all of that and more. We have the same panel this week, Josh Carrillo (ProView Networks), Earl (Somos Unidos News), Seth Biddulph (Dadventures Media) , and myself. 

Let’s get started 

Bruce is back Photo by: Blue Mountain Images

1. Who are you most excited to see back with the club this year? 

Josh Carrillo: I’m excited to see Daniel Bruce back, I felt he brought a lot of energy to the lineup. Hes a heck of a player and brings passion to the team. I can see him sticking around for a while and also being a major contributor in points this year.

Seth Biddulph: Of all the returning players, I think I’m most excited to see Beez. Although he started slow, he put together his best season as a professional and towards the end of the season, he and Devon were a lethal combination up top. His creativity and ability to play in multiple roles made Beez a must watch player.

Earl Nieto: You guys are going to make me the bad guy here by choosing one. So, I am going to take the “cop out” direction and say everyone. I say everyone though because leading up to the final Play-In match, New Mexico United had gelled with each other, had built camaraderie with one another and Coach Troy could not call a bad lineup. But IF you are going to make me choose ONE, I would have to say I am excited to see how Beez answers his INCREDIBLE season last season. I mean you look at his stats, 10 goals, 82.5% successful pass rate, I am hoping to see him break double digits again with a better goals to shots taken ratio.

2. Which player made the biggest impression on you, either from their contribution on the pitch or involvement in the community?

Josh: This is a tough one, I would have to say Mizell and Sandoval. Mizell on the field was the leader the United needed. Hearing Cody command his team was inspiring to see. Sandoval off the field was the leader we needed, especially being from Albuquerque. Seeing him at the children’s hospital and schools around the state shows me he cares about the community.

Earl: The player that made the BIGGEST impression not only in my eyes but in the fan’s eyes as well, Daniel Bruce…now we can all say in one collective breath, BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCE!!!!!!!!!! Even though he only had 2 goals in 17 games, he was a factor in helping Beez get open and streak up the pitch, he was a factor in helping Devon score by drawing defenders away from the goal because he was a goal threat factor.

Jacob Terrell: I have to talk about my guy Toni Soler. I’m so upset he’s not back with the club. His love for this state, shown through his heartfelt post on social media, was genuine and led to him writing for us last year. I know he was bummed when his playing time dropped mid season but he still wrote for us and still kept a positive attitude through the community. 

3. Given the contracts of the players, we knew that we would likely lose a few players after the first season. Which player leaving provides the biggest challenge for United to replace and why?

Always Smiling Photo by: Blue Mountain Images

Josh: I think the loss of Frater hurts us the most as of right now, losing your leading scorer always puts a dent in your lineup. He saved us in a few matches that kept us in the playoff hunt all year.

Seth:  I mentioned on our season preview podcast (which everyone should go listen to by the way) that Kenny Akamatsu was one of my key losses of the offseason. While that’s true, I don’t think he is the biggest challenge to replace. That person, in my opinion, is Santi Moar. Santi was a huge part of our attack for the entire season and his fast start drew the attention of the rest of the conference. Despite a drastic drop off in goals scored, Santi was still able to create chances from the left and opened up a lot of room for Kev or Dev to work in the middle. I think we’ll likely see Amando on the left and if the preseason is any indication, he could be a suitable replacement.

Earl: I think the position that New Mexico United is going to have the biggest challenge filling, is the Forward position. With only Devon returning in that position from last season, the gel of the forward position is going to take some time to replace. Don’t get me wrong, United has done a great job with bringing in Romeo Parkes, Amando Moreno, and Sammy Sergi, with those 3 coming in, I feel that we just might have 4 or 5 double digit scorers.

4. What did you think were the biggest areas of need for the club and do you feel like they adequately addressed them?

Josh: 4 and 5 are gonna be the same for me, I haven’t really looked at the new signings in person. Get back to me after the first 5 matches haha

Seth: From an on the pitch perspective, depth was the most glaring issue. Although we only have one more player signed than we did last year, it feels like there is more depth.  I mean, we brought in three new forwards to really help with that. If you look at the roster, Sam is now listed as a defender, when I think last year he was listed as a midfielder. With him being able to fill in both roles, the cub feels really balanced and I think the rotation that Troy tried to do last year will be helped by the new signings.

Earl: Like I mentioned above, my “area of concern” was both Goalkeeper and Forward. United brought in Philipp Beigl to help Cody and Ben, so I feel they addressed the GK position perfectly. Philipp is a mountain of a man standing at 6’2… he has command of the goal and is pretty intimidating to watch in net. the forward position was answered with all the new signings that I mentioned before. Romeo, Amando, and Sammy. those three there replace the losses of Kevaughn and Santi.

Santi will be hard to replace. Photo by: Blue Mountain Images

Jacob: The defense was a problem last year. We were tied for 15th out of the 18 teams in the west in clean sheets with 4. That has to improve if we want to compete for a cup and I feel like the front office knows that. Having Kalen Ryden be our first signing of the off-season was a huge step in the right direction and adding David Najem later in the off-season was a nice move as well. I’m still a little worried about depth back there but we did lose anyone of consequence on the back line and added 2 nice pieces so that should help a ton. 

5. Of the new signings, who do you feel will make the biggest impact on the club and who becomes the new fan favorite?

Seth: This one is tough. We brought in a number of guys who are experienced and could step in at any point. Kalen Ryden has to top my list though. Coming off a championship season with Real Monarchs, he brings a load of experience and height to our back line which should help sort out some of our defensive issues that we had last year, particularly defending late in matches and clearing the box.

Earl: I think the new signing that will make the biggest impact is Kalen Ryden. Kalen has the field knowledge of when to break forward, when to stay back, and he has the athleticism to be able to score as a defender. In my opinion, Kalen will also be the “new fan favorite” but also has to compete with the likes of Bruce, Beez, Dev, and oh you know, the man that has just about everyone’s heart already, the best goalie….in the league, Cody. But I feel if Kalen does, what Kalen did with Real… he will fit right in. I mean, I know there is a spot in my heart with Santi leaving.

Jacob: I agree with you guys that Kalen is going to be huge on that back line but I’m going to go with Amando Moreno. Coming back down to the USLC after a season in the MLS, where he didn’t get on the pitch much, will make him hungry and he has the talent to make a big impact on our offense. I will even say that he’s going to produce more than Santi did last year. 

Don’t miss the third and final part of our season preview series, where we talk about the season ahead. 

2020 Season Preview Part 1: Reflecting on the Past

2020 Season Preview Part 1: Reflecting on the Past

As New Mexico United and their supporters gear up for the club’s sophomore season, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2020. But in order to understand how the club got to this point, we have to look back. Not only at the 2019 season, but also at the changes that were made in the offseason. 

2019 was a year that United will never forget. From making a deep Open Cup run to the poor midseason form and then a trip to the playoffs there were so many memories made. 

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Push Start Reviews: Days Gone

Since 1993 Bend Studio, then known as Blank, Berlyn, and Co., has been creating games in the Playstation ecosystem. From their humble beginnings with Bubsy 3D to the much-acclaimed Syphon Filter series, the studio became a household name. It wasn’t until after the release of Syphon Filter 2, that the studio was outright purchased by Sony and then rebranded as Bend Studio. 

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The S.U.N. is Rising for Season 2

Looking Back

Somos Unidos News, much like New Mexico United, had a roller coaster of a first year. We started off hot, meeting with the front office, coming up with ideas, and printing a mock up for Cinco De Mayo. Then the real editions came fast. Bringing with them tons of editing, print costs and logistical issues. But we prevailed and proceeded to put out a handful of awesome editions that everyone was proud of.

Those several months took a toll on us though. With all of us having jobs to pay the bills and families to support and spend time with, the burden became to much and we let you down. We missed the last couple months of the season because we bit off more than we could chew, honestly. For that I apologize.

I apologize to our fans for not giving you the content that you wanted. I apologize to United for not creating content using the access they graciously gave us. And I apologize to the sponsors that were expecting more exposure for their companies. Thank you all for supporting us though and believing in our message of lifting up New Mexico as a whole. I would also like to thank everyone that contributed to the newsletter as well. We did something special even if it ended up faltering.

Looking Ahead

That being said this is a new season and a new lease on life for S.U.N. Seth has given us an amazing opportunity by giving us an online presence to get our content to the readers saved us from having to abort our mission. The mission hasn’t changed though. We still want to give you great coverage of New Mexico United that is by fans and for fans. Even more importantly we still want to help the organization spread their overall message of uniting New Mexico and helping to show the greatness of our state.

Call to action

Lastly I would like to put out a call to action. I want to know what you liked from last year or if you would like to contribute this year. If so, please email me at jterrell2489@gmail.com. On the other side of the spectrum, if we have wronged you in any way I want to know about it so i can try to make it right. If that is the case, please email the same email address as above with Wronged in the subject line. Thank you all again and somos unidos mi amigos

Dadventures Media and Somos Unidos News announce partnership beginning with the 2020 Season

Since Somos Unidos broke the news earlier today, and I had a break at work, I wanted to share the announcement here as well.

Over the past few weeks, Jacob and I had been tossing around ideas on how to continue to bring additional high quality coverage of New Mexico United to the site and beyond. One of the ideas that we came up with was reaching out to Somos Unidos News about working in tandem. 

I was extremely excited about the opportunity to have a space available for SUN to continue publishing the same quality content that they provided in 2019, just in a digital format. Jacob spearheaded discussions with Earl from SUN about working together and this announcement today is the result of that. With this new partnership, we are updating the site to reflect this new adventure with SUN.

All of the New Mexico United coverage will be under the Somos Unidos News header and will be expanded in the coming weeks. First and foremost, we all want to continue bringing the best possible coverage of the club that we can. Our goal is to continue covering the community events, provide matchday coverage, have one-on-one interviews with players and coaches, and provide an all-around perspective on the club.

Jacob and I will be among the contributors and I’m hopeful that Earl, Logan and the rest of the team from Somos will be lending their viewpoints as well.

I loved what SUN did last season and am excited to move forward with this partnership. Stay tuned as we are planning to have another exciting announcement for everyone soon!

Release date revealed for Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure

Release date revealed for Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure
Debut game from Colin Moriarty and Chris Ray Maldonado to hit Playstation Store on March 24

Only two months after the game was revealed by Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) on Twitter, the game has an official release date. In a tweet earlier this morning, Moriarty dropped the release date, and other details regarding the game’s release.

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S(no)w Problem for United as Intrasquad match is a big hit

New Mexico United’s second preseason didn’t quite get the start it wanted. If you ask me though, and many of the 2,147 supporters in attendance, this start was even better. 

The club’s preseason was scheduled to start with a friendly against Colorado Springs Switchbacks. But, after their opponents were snowed in the front office quickly switched gears and figured out a way to still put on a match. In the first-ever public intrasquad match for United, it was Team Somos facing off against Team Unidos. 

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Twenty-Five Matches Broadcasted Live, Additional United Programming Throughout the Season

(February 5, 2020) ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Fans of the state’s premier soccer team will have unmatched access to New Mexico United, following an announcement today of the team’s partnership with ESPN Radio 101.7 The TEAM. The local ESPN affiliate will broadcast all seventeen home matches, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open matches, and select away matches. Adam Diehl and Andy Hageman, will call all matches for the radio broadcast.



Two New Coaches Come Onboard for 2020, Graczyk Departs, Among Other Staff Changes

(January 3, 2019) – The New Mexico United player roster is quickly filling up for 2020, but that isn’t the only change fans can expect this season. Changes to the team’s coaching staff were announced today, with the addition of Gavin Glinton, Second Assistant Coach and Assistant Director of the High-Performance Youth Program, and Peter Davis, Director of Goalkeeping. Former First Assistant Coach and Director of Goalkeepers, Mike Graczyk, announced his departure from the team ahead of 2020, while Zach Prince, has been promoted to First Assistant Coach and will continue to oversee the High-Performance Youth Program.


Push Start Reviews: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten a true story-driven Star Wars game.  Sure, there was Battlefront and Battlefront 2, but neither of them lived up to expectations and one didn’t even launch with a single-player campaign. In fact, single-player Star Wars games have been mired with development issues for the past several years, most notably, EA canceled projects dubbed 1313 and Ragtag deep into their development. 

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