The New Mexico United are in unfamiliar territory in more ways than one, yet they are thrilled to be in this situation.
Coming off their first shutout loss and first home setback in its history, the United Soccer League expansion team will take on a Major League Soccer side for the first time when it plays the Colorado Rapids Wednesday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. The winner advances to next week’s Round of 16.
Troy Lesesne, United head coach and technical director, wants his team to rebound from a horrific 3-0 loss Saturday to Sacramento FC. United will attempt to do so against a Rapids team that is 4-9-3 overall in MLS play, but 4-0-1 in its last five matches.