With winter coming to the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico United are still in the game for the USL throne this season. They are still in contention for a chance at the playoffs and the cup in this, their expansion season.
The final road match of the year is Wednesday night at New Mexico. Yet to secure their spot in the USL Championship Playoffs, United will be approaching the match as a must win. The yellow and black control their own destiny with two matches remaining. They can finish as high as 8th in the West.
Defiance are seeking their second road win of 2019 and are riding the high of back-to-back wins. At Fresno FC on Oct. 6 they smashed the Foxes 4-1. Their 11 goals in the last five matches are further evidence that the 2019 attack is capable of scoring against teams up-and-down the Western Conference standings. New Mexico is just the next test. Tacoma are charging towards the end of the 2019 season full of ambition and vigor.
New Mexico United notes
- United are 5-3-7, +6 in the Lab. They are winless in their last four matches and sit 11th in the USL Championship Western Conference just two points from the playoff line.
- Former Sounder David Estrada has 2 goals and 2 assists in 1,745 minutes with New Mexico this season.
- Former UW Husky centerback Justin Schmidt is tied for second in starts for in his first season with NMU.
- Defender Josh Suggs is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
Tacoma Defiance notes
- Frequent Defiance players Ethan Dobbeleare, Danny Leyva, and Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez are in Brazil for the U-17 World Cup.
- Azriel Gonzalez scored in Tacoma’s only other meeting with New Mexico United. He recently returned from injury, earning an assist in his first match back.
- Nearly 30% of Tacoma’s goals come in the final 15 minutes of the game.
- Midfielder and team leader Jesse Daley is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
MultiCare Pre-Match Health Report
Defiance – Denso Ulysse is out due to a left leg stress fracture.
How to Watch
Stadium: Isotopes Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Kickoff Time: Wednesday, October 16 (6:00 p.m.)
Away: Tacoma Defiance (7-19-6, -42)
Home: New Mexico United (10-10-12, +0)
Defiance play our final home game on Saturday Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. Join us on the Party Deck.