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By New Mexico United Staff, 03/25/21, 10:15AM MDT


Pena, who had played for NM Rush, Las Cruces High and Atrisco Heritage, scored 39 goals in his junior season of high school.

(March 25, 2021)  Albuquerque, NM - New Mexico United and the Somos Unidos Foundation are thrilled to announce the signing of the fourteenth Academy player in their history. Forward/Attacking Midfielder Gael Aleixandre Pena will join the New Mexico United Academy Team for the 2021 season. Pena plays club soccer for NM Rush.

“Gael has been a scholarship player for NM Rush since he was 12 years old,” said Pena’s NM Rush coach Justin Sells. “He played on our NM Rush 02B and 03B, winning multiple state championships, representing New Mexico numerous times at the USYS Region IV Far West Regional Championships and in the USYS National League platform. He is a very creative player that has fantastic vision. His strength as a player is going forward due to his ability to recognize and deliver the final pass or finish scoring opportunities himself.”


Pena’s favorite soccer team is Celta De Vigo and his favorite player is Andres Iniesta. Pena, like every player in New Mexico United’s Academy, will be fully scholarshipped into the program. These scholarships include registration, travel, equipment, and coaching costs. No player will have to pay a cent to compete in New Mexico United’s academy. These scholarships are made possible through the Somos Unidos Foundation and the generosity of community partners and individuals.

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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


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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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