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Editorial: Coming at ya, soccer fans!

The newest player seeking to establish a toehold in a major sports presence in New Mexico is New Mexico United, an expansion franchise soccer team debuting Saturday. It’s already creating excitement and generating ticket sales.

Sporting snazzy black-and-yellow jerseys emblazoned with the name of one of its main sponsors, Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf with ties to team owner Peter Trevisani, the team takes the pitch against Fresno at 7:30 p.m. at Isotopes Park.

New Mexico United will compete in the “USL Championship,” the second division of American professional soccer behind Major League Soccer. “It’s a highly competitive league (and) it’s gotten better every year,” coach Troy Lesesne says.

As of Wednesday, about 2,400 season tickets had been sold for the 17 home games and more than 3,000 single-game tickets for the opener. For tickets: newmexicoutd.com.

Past efforts to establish professional league sports in New Mexico – except for the strong success of the Isotopes, a Triple-A baseball team now affiliated with the Colorado Rockies – have had limited success. So New Mexico United is not a sure hit. But early excitement bodes well for the ambitious venture. Good luck to the newest player on the New Mexico sports block.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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