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By United Staff , 11/04/21, 11:00AM MDT


United Academy will join just seven other teams from across the nation in 2021 postseason tournament in Tampa.

(November 4, 2021)  Albuquerque, NM - In just their first season of existence, the New Mexico United Academy is heading to Tampa as one of just eight teams to qualify for the postseason tournament. United will represent the Southwest Division of the USL Academy in the playoff tournament, which will take place December 2-5.

Joining United in the USL Academy Playoffs will be Queensboro FC (Northeast), Southern Soccer Academy (Southeast), Indy Eleven (East Central), Charlotte Independence (Atlantic), Weston FC (Florida), San Antonio FC (South Central) and AC Connecticut (Wildcard). Seven earned berths by winning their respective regional division; AC Connecticut qualified as the team with the best points per game among all second-place finishers.

The international-style tournament features two groups of four, with each team playing three group phase matches December 2-4 at the Waters Sports Complex, home to USL League Two’s Tampa Bay United.

2021 USL Academy League Playoffs – Competing Teams

Group A

Group B

New Mexico United (Southwest)

AC Connecticut (Wildcard)

Southern Soccer Academy (Southeast)

Charlotte Independence (Atlantic)

Queensboro FC (Northeast)

Indy Eleven (East Central)

Weston FC (Florida)

San Antonio FC (South Central)


The winning teams from Group A and Group B will square off in the USL Academy League Final on Sunday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Al Lang Stadium in Saint Petersburg, home of USL Championship’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. Streaming information will be shared at a later date.

The six teams that do not advance to the Final will play a fourth match on Dec. 5, with the seventh place and fifth place games taking place at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Waters Sports Complex, while the third-place game will kick off at 3:30pm ET at Al Lang Stadium as a prelude to the USL Academy Final.

For a breakdown of the full schedule and results, please visit

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