New Mexico United’s season-long road trip may have gotten a bit shorter. Its mid-week match at Rio Grande Valley was postponed Monday because of positive COVID-19 test results within RGVFC’s “covered persons” umbrella.
United was scheduled to play the Toros in Edinburg, Texas, on Wednesday. When or if the match will be rescheduled had not been determined Monday.
The postponement means NMU will next play Saturday at El Paso in a significant USL Championship Group C battle. El Paso (8-2-3) leads the group with 27 points, while United (7-4-2) stands second with 23 points. Both teams have clinched playoff berths and El Paso could lock up first place with a win Saturday.
New Mexico could pull to within a point of first place with a win, which would make its postponed match against Rio Grande Valley significant. Rescheduling opportunities are limited, however, as the regular season is set to end Oct. 4 with playoffs set to start Oct. 8-11.
United, which has played all 13 of its matches on the road because of New Mexico’s pandemic restrictions, is scheduled to conclude the regular season Sept. 30 against Real Monarchs. Rio Grande Valley (0-9-3) is scheduled to play Oklahoma City on Oct. 3.
NMU President/CEO Peter Trevisani said in a statement that the health and safety of players, staff and fans will be top priority in any rescheduling decision.
“We are working diligently with representatives from RGVFC, the United Soccer League and state and local health officials to make sure we have taken every effort to protect our communities,” Trevisani said.