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United adds former MLS, Liga MX player

Amando Moreno is shown in an illustration provided on Thursday by New Mexico United.

Midfielder/Forward Amando Moreno will be joining the New Mexico United roster for 2020, pending United Soccer League (USL) and federation approval, the club announced Thursday.

Moreno, who made 15 appearances with MLS’ Chicago Fire in 2019, joins a returning squad of 15 players from New Mexico United’s inaugural season.

“I’m really excited to be part of a really great club. We both have the same goal to win the championship,” said Moreno in a statement provided by the team.

Originally¬† from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Moreno began his career with the New York Red Bulls Academy, where he scored 33 goals from 2010-2012 while playing at the U-16 level. He made appearances at the U-18 level before being selected for the United States U-20 Men’s National Team squad to compete at the 2014 International National Teams Football Tournament in Marbella, Spain.

Moreno made his first professional Major League Soccer (MLS) appearance with the New York Red Bulls in March of 2013.

Following his season with the Red Bulls, Moreno spent time in Liga MX with Club Tijuana and later on loan to Dorados de Sinaloa in 2017, where he scored his first Copa MX goal. While competing for Tijuana, Moreno was selected in the United States Men’s National Team squad to face Puerto Rico in an international exhibition in May 2016.

¬†Returning to the United States, Moreno found his stride with NY Red Bulls II in 2018, with 30 appearances and 11 goals, making him the team’s leading goal scorer for that season. He was instrumental in helping the NY Red Bulls reach the USL Championship Eastern Conference finals.

“A proven commodity in the USL, Amando is going to provide goals and assists every year,” said Lesesne, in a statement released by the team. “Not only is he a great fit for our system and style of play, the tenacity and determination Amando plays with reflects the identity of our club.”

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