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NM United backup goalkeeper on loan to Reno

New Mexico United goalkeeper Ben Beaury, seen making a save against Cardiff City last season, will be on loan to Reno 1868 FC for the upcoming season. (Greg Sorber/Journal File)

The United’s season reboot this weekend in Colorado Springs will be short one player.

Second-year New Mexico United goalkeeper Ben Beaury has been put on “loan” to Reno 1868 FC, normally a conference foe of United, for the remainder of this season, the team announced officially on Monday — two days after team majority owner Peter Trevisani let the news slip while offering an excited practice update on the weekly radio show produced by the Curse, the team’s supporters group that airs on ESPN 101.7 FM.

“This is the third season I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ben and his development over the last few years has been tremendous,” United coach Troy Lesesne said in a release shared by the team. “Our club is excited for the opportunity Ben has to play matches with Reno and take another positive step in his career.”

Beaury, a 24-year-old, 5-10 keeper from New York, was the backup to usual starter Cody Mizell. United also has on its roster Philipp Beigl, a 6-1 keeper from Germany.

New Mexico United does retain the option to recall Beaury at any time, the team stated.

Such a “loan” to a conference foe would likely never happen under normal conditions, but the revamped, shortened USL Championship schedule format that broke the league into eight geographically friendly groups instead of two large conferences, means United and Reno aren’t in jeopardy of getting in each other’s way for playoff contention.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join Reno on loan,” Beaury said in a news release. “I’ll definitely miss everything and everyone at New Mexico United, including our great community and fans.

“My goal has always been to continue to grow as a person and player and I believe thanks to Troy and his support of this opportunity, that I will continue along that same path. I will continue to root for New Mexico United!”

Beaury previously played for the USL’s Charlotte Independence, where Lesesne worked prior to landing the United job.

NO GO IN EL PASO: Down the road, El Paso Locomotive FC had optimistically planned for fans in the stands for its home matches, saying a couple weeks ago that the plan was to shoot for 20-25% capacity at Southwest University Park.

On Monday, the team confirmed there will be no fans in the stands for at least their first two matches — Saturday vs. Rio Grande Valley FC and July 15 against United. So, any United fans planning to make the short drive to El Paso don’t need to now.

No such decision has been made yet for the July 24 match in El Paso between United and Locomotive FC.

United’s first home match is still scheduled for July 29 at UNM’s soccer complex.

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