(January 14, 2021) Albuquerque, NM - New Mexico United Forward David Estrada, who announced his retirement last month, will join the Somos Unidos Foundation. Estrada, who earned the first two Humanitarian of the Year awards in New Mexico United history, and has created positive impact everywhere his football career has taken him, will continue that work right here in New Mexico.
“As one of the earliest signings for New Mexico United, I was drawn by the vision of a team committed to building community,” said Estrada. “In my new capacity, I’m excited to grow that vision and work with the front office and soccer community to expand horizons for its upcoming talent and youth. I am thrilled to work with the Somos Unidos Foundation and its fellows to advance an ambitious vision that promotes art, sport, and community.”
“David’s heart for the community and vision for our High Performance Program are going to make an incredible impact on our community,” said Executive Director of the Somos Unidos Foundation Chanel Wiese. “I’m so grateful he is continuing to build his legacy with our United family through the Somos Unidos Foundation.”
In addition to his fantastic playing career that saw Estrada score 39 goals in more than 250 matches across 11 seasons in the USL Championship, MLS, and CONCACAF Champions League, Estrada has changed communities and his heart has been felt from Los Angeles, to Charlotte, to Seattle and everywhere in between. Estrada has won the Humanitarian of the Year award four times in his career. His official title will be High Performance Program Coach/Scout and Community Relations Manager for the Somos Unidos Foundation.
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.