ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico United have announced that their first home match against Real Monarchs SLC has been postponed until later this year. The governor’s public health order still bans two teams from being on the field together and requires visiting teams to quarantine for two weeks before taking the pitch.
“We are operating within the health order and the executive order. While we have our own circumstances, like everybody else it’s important we operate within that health order,” said owner and CEO of New Mexico United, Peter Trevisani.
The United will play more games away than at home this season. When they return from each of those games, players and staff are required to quarantine for 14-days. Trevisani says the only reason they’re allowed to leave their homes is for medical purposes and training.
We just want to make sure our athletes aren’t going to get hurt, and they just can’t go between games without practicing at all. So, there is some training but I would think about it more as almost like preventative care as opposed to just running around and exercising,” said Trevisani.
Trevisani says players are practicing twice between games and can receive necessary treatments from the team doctor. So far, the team has played two games since the restart. One in Colorado Springs, in front of a limited crowd, and one in El Paso with no crowd.
To date, no United player or team member has tested positive for COVID-19. Tuesday, Trevisani also addressed concerns that New Mexico United is being given “special treatment” because he is part of the governor’s Economic Development Council.
There have been some complaints that New Mexico United is allowed to practice when other, non-professional teams in the state are not.
“There is a huge difference between recreational leagues, youth leagues, school sports and professional sports. We’re really uniquely positioned. We’ve created this bubble. There’s only 25 people who operate New Mexico United in this environment and it’s the same 25 people,” said Trevisani.
Trevisani says the team is abiding by the order and is not getting special treatment.
“We literally are the only team out of 35 [USL] teams who is not allowed to play in their home stadium without fans and if that’s what the governor feels is right, right now then that’s what we’re going to do and so I do think that I think that’s a great sign we’re not getting special treatment,” said Trevisani.
Trevisani says they are hopeful that the governor will approve the USL’s Professional Sports Protocols. That, among other things, would allow out of state teams to come to play here under certain guidelines.
The governor’s office says:
“We certainly appreciate the team’s efforts to abide by and indeed in some cases go above and beyond the public health requirements to keep everyone involved as safe as possible. The hope has been and remains that we’ll find a way to ensure United can operate safely and in line with the state’s public health requirements to keep players, families, trainers and others associated with the team — and of course the broader community and state — as safe as possible. The state hasn’t issued exceptions to any one industry on COVID-19 safety requirements as of yet. Right now the COVID-19 crisis is worsening and the state’s primary focus is keeping New Mexicans safe and healthy.”
The team’s original home opener now has a new date near the end of the team’s season. The match was originally scheduled for July 29.
The organization states that this decision comes in response to the governor’s recent public health order. Other soccer matches against Real Monarchs SLC have also been impacted. The new dates are as followed:
- Away: New Mexico United at Real Monarchs SLC-August 19, 2020
- Away: New Mexico United at Real Monarchs SLC-August 22, 2020
- Home: New Mexico United vs. Real Monarchs SLC-September 12, 2020
- Home: New Mexico United vs. Real Monarchs SLC-September 30, 2020
The team states that they will plan to review upcoming home matches on a case by case basis due to the changing nature of COVID-19 restrictions.
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