ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico United and Cardiff City FC finished their international friendly just like it started, with no clear winner.
The United jumped out to an early 1-nil lead only two minutes into the match. Ken Akamatsu took a shot and found nothing but the back of the net. The 1-nil advantage would last the entire first half.
In the second half, Cardiff City FC watched the home team snag a penalty. That penalty led to a free-kick advantage for Cardiff City and they converted. The match, played at the University of New Mexico Soccer and Track complex, ended in a tie.
New Mexico United Head Coach Troy Lesesne was pleased with the result.
“We got to rest a few guys and work on a few things,” said Lesesne.
The match was played in front of a crowd of over 6,300 people. New Mexico United will return to league play against Sacramento Republic FC Wednesday.