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NM United moves home match to road, at Phoenix Rising FC Aug. 8

The New Mexico United is in first place in the USL Championship’s Group C and it hasn’t played a home match yet.

The United (2-1-1) will be without yet another home match, as it announced Monday plans to play its scheduled match on Aug. 8 against Phoenix Rising FC on the road. United’s first scheduled home match, slated for this week against Real Monarchs Salt Lake City, was moved to September, with hopes to host home matches towards the end of the season.

The United will most likely play an unbalanced schedule with more away matches than at home this season.

The USL Championship provided provisions in the 2020 season competition structure to allow for teams to play more away matches or more home matches, as necessary, in order to stay in compliance with public health guidelines in their respective markets due to the fluidity of COVID-19 restrictions.

“New Mexico United is going to do everything we can to provide a sense of relief and normalcy for New Mexicans by playing the beautiful game of soccer,” Peter Trevisani, owner and CEO of NM United said in a release. “We have a commitment to New Mexicans to return to safe play this year and bring a cup back to our state.”

At a news conference on July 9, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said United would likely not be playing games in New Mexico this season.

United next plays Saturday at Oklahoma City Energy FC.

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