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By New Mexico United Staff, 03/06/21, 10:00AM MST


Munoz Zarate has attended the USMNT U-18 Camp

(March 6, 2021)  Albuquerque, NM - New Mexico United is thrilled to announce the signing of the first academy contract player in club history. Midfielder Armando Munoz Zarate will join the New Mexico United Academy Team for the 2021 season, and will also be eligible to play with the New Mexico United First team. Munoz Zarate, who plays high school soccer at Albuquerque High, has played club soccer with Rio Rapids.

“Armando is a talented, dynamic player and will be a wonderful asset to our academy and first team,” said New Mexico United Academy Head Coach and First Team Assistant  Coach Paul Leese. “We are excited to welcome him into both teams and we know that he will be a fantastic representative of the young talent New Mexico has to offer.”

As an academy contract player, Armando will play in Academy games and tournaments, but will also be eligible to compete with the first team in the USL Championship. Like every academy player, Armando’s costs including equipment, training and travel will be completely scholarshipped. Players who sign academy contracts represent the best of the best youth players in New Mexico and will be trailblazers for the next generation of New Mexican players.

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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.

About New Mexico United Academy

New Mexico United Academy kicks off in 2021, and will provide the highest level of youth soccer instruction and training at no cost to any participant. Travel, equipment, training and registration are all included in scholarships provided for each participant. To learn more about our goal of providing the best possible soccer education for every New Mexican, visit

About USL

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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