New professional soccer team to call Albuquerque home

The United Soccer League announced it will bring a team to Albuquerque, with the first season starting in March 2019.

Owners, supporters, and local soccer teams held a rally at the Fusion Forum, Wednesday, to celebrate the start of the team. The league’s goal is to spread that excitement across Albuquerque.

USL CEO Alec Papadakis says there’s a reason Albuquerque was picked to host a team.

“New Mexico is a soccer state and I think having this team here will build upon everything New Mexico, UNM has done, NM Youth Association and the great players they’ve produced, and they’ll be able to see one of their players in 2019,” Papadakis said.

Team co-owner Peter Trevisani says bringing the team to New Mexico is about building community.

“These are all people like myself who believe in New Mexico, want to see better outcomes here, want to put a smile on someone’s face and be an agent of change,” said Trevisani.

The team, which still doesn’t have a name, plans to play its first season at Isotopes Park. You can reserve seats now.

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