Rio GranDerby: Playoff Edition

Rio GranDerby: Playoff Edition

That’s right folks, it’s time for yet another edition of the Rio GranDerby. This time though, it’s a win or go home scenario as the two sides face off in the Western Conference Semi-finals.

For the second-year clubs, this match marks the seventh time they have faced each other in their short history and the first time they’ve met in the playoffs. For two brand new clubs, the fact that they’ve both reached the playoffs in their first two years of existence is remarkable.

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United’s next stop in 2020: San Antonio

United’s next stop in 2020: San Antonio

2020 is a year that no one will forget for a long time. Our worlds have been turned upside down and we’ve all had to make changes to how we live and act in our every day lives. From more people working remotely to travel restrictions and not being able to see our friends and family, it’s been a trying year for everyone. For those of us that are sports fans, it’s been compounded by a number of things; not being able to see our teams, seasons being abbreviated, and watching as schedules get constantly rearranged due to positive tests.

As hard as it’s been on us as fans, just imagine how it’s been for the players. While most of the clubs around the USL have been able to be home for periods of time, New Mexico United has essentially been away from home for the past four months. By this point, everyone is familiar with the travel restrictions that were put into place by the Governor and how they’ve adversely affected the club. The club has met every single one of those challenges so far and has done one of the most remarkable things that I, and many others, have ever seen in sports. They’ve played their entire season without a single home match.

Perhaps that, more than anything else, has prepared them to get a win in San Antonio tonight.

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