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PORTLAND, Ore. — New Mexico United, which has heated up again of late, tries to keep it going tonight in the Northwest vs. Portland Timbers 2 at Providence Park. The 7 p.m. kickoff streams live on ESPN+
Behind former New Mexico Lobo standout Chris Wehan’s two goals and two assists over the span, United (8-5-9) has righted the ship in the last three matches with two wins and a draw. The latter came Aug. 3 at home vs. Austin. The sixth-place Western Conference standing in the United Soccer League Championship division keeps New Mexico in contention for a first-round home playoff game — which still would be two months away.
The schedule favors United down that stretch. Only four road matches remain, tonight included, and eight are scheduled for the friendly, frenzied confines of Isotopes Park.
Portland (7-7-8) hasn’t won in its last five and was victimized on perhaps the most memorable goal in first-year United’s brief history — in second-half stoppage time, New Mexico’s Kevaughn Frater managed the equalizer to make it a 3-3 final on April 26 in Albuquerque.
Sam Hamilton is out for New Mexico tonight with what is described as a lower-body injury, but otherwise, coach Troy Lesesne’s team is at full strength.
United’s next home match is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. vs. LA Galaxy 2.