ST. PAUL, Minn. (KRQE) – The New Mexico United’s run for the U.S. Open Cup has come to an end after losing the quarterfinal match-up Wednesday night against an MLS team.
It was a tough loss for The United as they fell 6-1, but while they did lose, the crowd never faltered, and say this experience was second to none. From a local pub in St. Paul to Allianz Field, New Mexico United cheers could be heard loud and clear—and you should have heard the stadium erupt when Santi Moar made a 1-0 lead in the first half.
Altogether, 180 fans made it up to Minnesota from Albuquerque on a very packed United charter flight, but there were more than 180 fans in Minnesota, as other die-hards decided to make it up their own way.
They might not have gotten the result they wanted Wednesday night, but even making it this far in the tournament is huge for this first-year club, and it’s also huge for the community of New Mexico.
“The mix that we have in Albuquerque is wonderful, and this is a conduit for all of us people from all over the place to get on the right track and support our local team and be united, Somos Unidos,” a New Mexico United fan said.
More than 400 New Mexico United fans were in attendance Wednesday night. Hundreds of fans who couldn’t make the 1,200-mile journey cheered on their team at Civic Plaza. Fans say just like the name, Wednesday night’s game united the community.
“It really brings new life to the community, and you know, we have something that we can talk about. We all can love together and we all can get behind, and it’s awesome to see everyone out here taking their time to support this team,” fan Allen Hewson said.
The United’s next regular season game is Saturday at Fresno. They return home August 3 for Meow Wolf Night at Isotopes Park. For the full schedule, click here.