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By New Mexico United Staff, 01/12/21, 10:10AM MST


Touche, the 2019 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, becomes New Mexico’s fifth new signing ahead of the 2021 USL Championship season.

(January 12, 2021)  Albuquerque, NM - New Mexico United is thrilled to announce the signing of Albuquerque native Alex Touche. Touche, who attended Albuquerque Academy, and played three seasons with USL League 2’s Albuquerque Sol before attending the University of Pennsylvania, will make his professional debut with his hometown club in the 2021 season.

“We are proud to welcome another talented New Mexican back home with our club,” said New Mexico United’s Head Coach and Technical Director, Troy Lesesne. “Alex is an intelligent defender that has the confidence to play out of the back under pressure. He has a presence about him on the field and I’m thrilled he’s joining us for his first year as a professional.”

Touche has spent the last three seasons at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has played in 44 matches, starting in 43. During that time, Touche recorded 14 clean sheets for the Quakers, and scored eight goals. He was named club captain as a Junior in 2019, and was the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Touche made the all Ivy League teams in each of his three seasons at Penn. In the summers, Touche was a mainstay for USL League 2’s Albuquerque Sol, where he made 23 appearances and scored three goals.

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.

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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.

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