United Soccer League expands New Mexico to incorporate a membership in Albuquerque
The United Soccer League (USL) has announced their newest expansion club, USL New Mexico, based in Albuquerque. USL New Mexico joins 39 clubs in the United States and Canada and is the state’s first professional soccer franchise. The announcement took place today at the Fusion Forum and was attended by elected officials from across the state, as well as business and community leaders.
New Mexico is the fifth team to join the USL for the 2019 season, joining teams in other thriving football markets in Texas, Alabama and Tennessee. The addition of the state to the league strengthens the USL’s growing presence in the Southwest and adds another dynamic group of owners to the USL franchise portfolio.
“We are very excited to welcome New Mexico to the USL family and to strengthen the sport of football in the Southwest,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. “The exceptional members of the USL New Mexico Ownership Group, led by Peter Trevisani, place great value on football and New Mexico and are focused on making a positive contribution to its economy and youth. I am confident that this group and fans across the state will propel the newest club in the USL to remarkable success on and off the field in the years to come. “
“This new professional soccer franchise is the vehicle, but our vision is much bigger than soccer,” said President and team owner Peter Trevisani. “Our passion is sport and the power it has to uplift and transform communities. The economic impact in other markets that embrace USL football is enormous and we are excited to bring this to our state. Our entire ownership group, which includes Ian McKinnon, Ed Garcia, Ben Spencer and Jason Harrington, is committed to improving the quality of life for all of us in New Mexico. ”
The USL is one of the most successful professional football leagues in North America, with 40 teams in 2019 in the United States and Canada reaching a population of more than 84 million people. The league’s viewership has increased an average of 36 percent annually since its inception in 2011, and its games are available nationwide on the innovative ESPN + platform, with select games being broadcast on ESPN linear channels.
In addition to Trevisani, Mayor Tim Keller spoke from the stage at the event in Albuquerque.
“Professional football has developed rapidly in various communities in major cities across the country,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Our multicultural city provides the perfect venue for this global sport that brings our community together to cheer our own professional team here in Albuquerque.”
In addition to players and a head coach, USL New Mexico will be hiring several administrative positions over the next year. The team will play its opening season at Isotopes Park from March 2019. Season ticket deposits are currently accepted on the USL New Mexico website. More announcements, including branding and a team attribution contest, are expected in the fall.
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