“Somos Unidos!” is the call you’ll hear at New Mexico United soccer games, bringing soccer fans from across the state together to support their team. While the team’s home field is in Albuquerque, it represents the entire state, from Las Cruces in the south (represented especially well by defender Josh Suggs, whose family lives there) to Red River in the north.
The season runs from March through October, with plenty of home game opportunities to enjoy. New Mexico United is part of the USL Championship League, which includes a membership of more than 30 clubs across the United States and Canada.
New Mexico United burst onto the soccer scene in 2018 and has attracted a loyal fan base that makes every home game an exceptional experience. New Mexico United’s owner and CEO, Pete Trevisani, says, “This is New Mexico’s team. We’re one state, one team. We’re going to go out and represent and win a cup!”
The 2018 date is commemorated at every home game for the Magic Minutes between 1912, when New Mexico became a state, and 2018. The crowd quite literally goes wild!
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Be sure to get to the stadium a few hours before the game so you can take part in the pre-game tailgating experience. David Carl, New Mexico United’s director of communications and fan experience, describes the tailgate as, “There’s drinks flowing. There’s great food. And you will never, ever walk through the parking lot without people offering you those exact things! It’s a lot of fun.”
March to the Match
Now’s the time for fans to gather with their drums, flags, and voices to March to the Match. What a way to let people know it’s game day! David explains that they march from the tailgate area across the street, around the stadium, and head to their seats in the supporters’ section, all to the cries of “Somos Unidos!”
Be part of the action by taking your seat in the supporters’ section and be ready to be loud for 90 minutes of soccer action. Bang your drum. Toot your horn. Cheer for your team. Call out the ref for a bad call. In short, be on your feet and be there for the team.
Be aware that in the Supporters’ Sections, 116 and 118, there are no assigned seats (since you’ll be on your feet most of the time anyway) and that the first 10 rows in section 116 are reserved for the largest and most vocal of the supporters, The Curse. They coordinate a lot of pre-game activities and the March to the Match, and are thanked for their support with those front rows. Also, be aware that New Mexico United recommends that families with young children sit in a different area.
Food and Drink
No bottles, cans, food, beverages, or containers may be brought into Isotopes Park, with the exception of sealed bottled water (and essentials for infants like formula for the baby).. So, you can fill up at the tailgate party or take advantage of the food and drink offerings at Isotope Park.
David says, “Once you make it into the stands, it’s 90 minutes of pure chaos.” Fans will be on their feet urging the team on, cheering for goals, and generally having a great time. Be ready for the accelerated chaos between minutes 19:12 and 20:18!
Just about every home game provides the opportunity to pick up a new piece of New Mexico United merchandise. From jerseys and coats to duffle bags and hair scrunchies, you’ll find a way to rock your support of the team. Your purchase will also help support the Somos Unidos Foundation, with the goal of “providing positive outcomes for all New Mexicans.”
Somos Unidos Foundation
The Somos Unidos Foundation supports New Mexico in a number of ways, including The New Mexico United Academy, the highest level of youth soccer in the state which is free to all participants; the Artist Series which provides local artists a place to show and sell their work in the team store; The Diversity Fellowship, which offers aspiring leaders in the sports world experience and training; The High Performance Program, through which the state’s top youth soccer players can receive free training from professional coaches and staff; and the Community Space, which provides free tickets to community organizations to offer to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend games. The newest effort is United in Health, a community-first initiative focused on improving the health of every New Mexican.
Games take place at The Lab at Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park, 1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE, in Albuquerque. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the gate. Be aware that Isotopes Park is a cashless facility but accepts credit and debit cards and some locations can accept digital payments.
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