Twice New Mexico United fell behind in a USL Championship match featuring flashes of brilliance and a suspect pitch, and twice the expansion club rallied to even the score in a four-goal thriller. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough to overcome a 10-man LA Galaxy II.
New Mexico (8-6-10) tied 2-2 with the visitors from Los Angeles in front of a record crowd of 15,247 at Isotopes Park on a breezy Saturday night (that is a United record, not an Isotopes Park record). The announced attendance eclipsed New Mexico’s previous record of 15,023, set during the Cinco de Mayo match against San Antonio FC.
United supporters, who have grown accustomed to enjoying their club opening the scoring at home, got a rude shock in the ninth minute as the Galaxy II (8-8-9) struck first.