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New Mexico United: Devon Sandoval retires as a player

Devon Sandoval, the local product who recorded a series of historic firsts with New Mexico United soccer, has announced his retirement as a player, according to the United Soccer League Championship division franchise.

“We are eternally grateful for what Devon Sandoval has meant – and will continue to mean – to this community,” the club said in a statement. “His hard work, humility, diligence, and action are an inspiration to generations of New Mexicans.”

Sandoval signed with United in 2018, ahead of its inaugural 2019 season and served as a face of the club since then. An Eldorado High School and University of New Mexico alumnus, he scored the first goal in club history, on March 9, 2019 off an assist from fellow New Mexican Josh Suggs.

Sandoval also scored United’s first-ever layoff goal and its first goal in U.S. Open Cup competition. He made one start and 13 appearances overall for United in its 2022 season.

United said it plans to honor Sandoval during a home match this coming USLC season.

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