Will The Lab be too much for San Antonio FC to overcome?

Will The Lab be too much for San Antonio FC to overcome?

San Antonio FC has never won in Albuquerque.

It’s true. If you look at the results dating back to 2019, SAFC has never won at The Lab. To be even more accurate, SAFC has a losing record against United. In the seven meetings between the two sides, United holds a 5-2-0 lead.

But, don’t sleep on the visitors this year.

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Cody Mizell returns ahead of United trip to Phoenix

That’s right, El Gato has returned. The club announced the return of our original #1 on Friday ahead of the trip to Phoenix. Some have said that he has unfinished business with Rising, but this is an opportunity for both the man and club.

It may have been a while since the United faithful have seen their first #1 between the sticks, but his heroics have continued to live on. Mizell still tops the club leaderboards in essentially all goalkeeper statistics. He’s also an MLS cup champion.

The unfortunate injury to Alex Tambakis opened up the opportunity for Mizell’s return. The announcement was made early on Friday, with United stating that it was a short-term loan, which, while bolstering the roster still potentially leaves United with only one keeper for the third round of the Open Cup.

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United look to continue unblemished start against Orange County

United look to continue unblemished start against Orange County

The first two weeks of the season have been great for the Black & Yellow. In week one they got a clean sheet against what is turning out to be a better than expected Las Vegas Lights. In week two, the good guys decided to shut down the home unbeaten streak of El Paso Locomotive. Which for some reason prompted another podcast to call United ‘inferior’ and insinuated that United was attempting to cause a stop and start flow to the match. At best, it’s the pot calling the kettle black. At worst, it’s lazy “journalism”.

This came from a media outlet that seems to have no problem when their local clubs are guilty of the same thing. Or things like this:

Or there was the time Yuma pretended to be a fish:

But hey, what do I know? It’s not like our club is sitting at the top of the conference with a 2-0-0 record while theirs is 0-3-0 early in the season.

Western Conference Table 3/6/22
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United opens 2022 season against Las Vegas

United opens 2022 season against Las Vegas

At long last, the 2022 USL Championship season is underway. And I’m stuck at home.

Okay, not really stuck, but, I’m home with my boys where we’ll enjoy listening to Tyler Ortega and Chris Hurst on the ESPN+ broadcast. And I couldn’t be happier. Football is back in a big way and the expectations for the season are clear, United has to be better at closing out the close games. The hope, as always, is to make the playoffs. That journey starts today.

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$50 million stadium bond added to November ballot; Wehan returns

$50 million stadium bond added to November ballot; Wehan returns

The past twenty-four hours have been full of important news for New Mexico United. First, the Albuquerque City Council voted to put the stadium bond on the November bond elections. Then on Tuesday morning, the club announced the return of fan-favorite Chris Wehan. Both of those announcements have a significant impact on the future of the club, but for very different reasons.

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Bold return to Albuquerque for another shot at United

Bold return to Albuquerque for another shot at United

The 2021 USL Championship season hasn’t even made it a quarter of the way through the schedule. Yet, the Mountain Division is already shaping up to be one of the most competitive across the entire league. Through six and a half weeks of play, four of the clubs have hit double digits in points; the most of any division.

While there have been some early season surprises, such as the emergence of RGV as a potential contender, by and large the perennials are stepping up. If the season continues along that path, we’re going to be in for a lot of fun during the playoff push.

Before we get there though, there’s the small matter of the remaining 26 matches.

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United look to stay hot in Colorado Springs

United look to stay hot in Colorado Springs

Saturday night at The Lab was a night that no one will ever forget. 

After more than a year and a half between home matches, New Mexico United returned home as conquering heroes. No, there wasn’t a trophy. But on Saturday that didn’t matter. The club, our club, was finally home. Having spent the entire 2020 season on the road, there was no doubt how the club would be welcome home. 

And the club responded in kind. The boys in black dominated Austin Bold FC to pick up their first win of the season by a final of 3-1. It was the kind of performance we had been waiting to see since the regular season began. United finally seemed to find their groove and it paid off for them.

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Rivalry between United and El Paso continues tonight

Rivalry between United and El Paso continues tonight

I’ve always contended that United’s primary rivals weren’t El Paso. Since the inaugural season, I thought it was Phoenix despite the fact that many thought otherwise. After COVID-19 forced changes to the USL format both in 2020 and 2021, the additional matches between United and El Paso have gone a long way to cementing the two clubs as the primary rival for each other.

Look, I love the matches against Phoenix. They’re loud, they’re fun, but they aren’t the same as El Paso.

El Paso is one of those clubs you love to hate. From the terrible camera angles and biased commentary on their broadcasts, to their supporters and players. There’s just a lot to not like about this club. Plus, the distance between the two of them makes it easy under normal circumstances for supporters to make the away matches. It makes for one unbelievable atmosphere on match day.

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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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