ALBUQUERQUE, NM (March 12, 2020) - The United Soccer League announced today a suspension of the 2020 season for a minimum of 30 days.
“It was very clear from our owners that the health and safety of players, fans, and staff was their top priority,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. “In consultation with local, state and national health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security, we have temporarily suspended match play for a minimum of 30 days.”
New Mexico United is following the direction of the league and will not be hosting any matches until otherwise notified.
“From day one, we have been proud to be part of our community,” said majority owner and CEO Peter Trevisani. “Part of being a community means taking steps to keep everyone healthy. We will be playing whatever role necessary to ensure the health and safety of our fans, players and staff.”
This will affect the previously scheduled 3/14 match in Tulsa, as well as matches on 3/21 3/25, 4/4 and 4/11.
It is the current expectation that matches will be made up at a future date and any tickets purchased to the first three home matches will be exchanged and honored. The situation remains fluid so should this extend further than 30 days we will re-address the situation and act accordingly.
About New Mexico United
New Mexico United, the state’s first professional soccer franchise, brings the most popular sport in the world home to the Land of Enchantment. Fueled by a passion for community, New Mexico United’s promise is to provide a platform that brings New Mexicans together for a unique sporting experience, celebrating the unity and excitement inherent in world-class soccer.
The USL is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across North America. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications, and sponsorship. The USL has a national media partnership with ESPN, wherein all league matches are broadcast on ESPN+, ESPN3 and across linear channels. The league also operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that produces and distributes more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates and international markets throughout the 2018 season.