(May 29, 2021) Albuquerque, NM - For the second straight weekend, New Mexico United saw an early red card - this one to defender Austin Yearwood - and was forced to play much of the match down a man. Unlike last week United was unable to find the goals it needed, falling 1-0 to the Eastern Conference’s Loudoun in United in both club’s first-ever cross-conference match.
Yearwood’s day ended in the 24th minute, as he was ruled to have interfered with a goal-scoring opportunity. The westernmost United found the back of the net twice, but were twice ruled offside. Josh Suggs and Ilija Ilic both had goals ruled out, and 10-man New Mexico had their share of chances, but ultimately, a legally-scored goal eluded them.
That was not the case for Loudoun, who’s Jovanny Bolivar fired home a low cross from about 20 yards out, over Alex Tambakis, for the lone tally of the match.
Yearwood wouldn’t be the only United representative sent off on the night: New Mexico United Head Coach and Technical Director Troy Lesesne also saw red late in the second half, after two cautionable offenses. A series of injuries and stoppages saw 10 minute of second half stoppage time added
Tonight’s attendance was 8,804 - the highest for any New Mexico United match this season.
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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