The shine for the first-year, still unbeaten New Mexico United soccer team hasn’t at all worn off.
The club is expecting another five-figure crowd on hand for tonight’s 7:30 game at Isotopes Park against Real Monarchs SLC.
United is 2-0-4 through six matches and is No. 14 of 36 United Soccer League Championship division teams in the power rankings listed on the league’s website.
“A six-game undefeated streak is the longest to start an inaugural season in league history, but four of those results have been draws,” reads the comment listed with United’s ranking.
The inaugural United contest drew an announced 12,896 on March 9 for a 1-1 draw with Fresno. The other home date, on a Wednesday (March 20) drew an announced 8,330 for the club’s first victory, 2-1 over Tulsa. The average of 10,613 already is second best in the league behind Indy Eleven, which drew 20,251 for its lone home date. By comparison, expansion squads Memphis (7,656, two home dates) and El Paso (7,615, three dates) are seventh and eighth best.
United’s Santi Moar, with four goals, is tied for third in the league in that category, as is goalkeeper Cody Mizell’s 21 saves.
At 23 saves for Real Monarchs SLC (2-1-2), 10th in the power rankings, is David Ochoa, U.S. U-20 keeper.