Former Cranes Uganda midfielder Micheal Azira continued to impress as New Mexico United scoring a very important goal in the club’s 3-1 win over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Saturday. .
The 33-year-old who retired from the national team 88 days ago showed why he was a mainstay when he scored United’s second goal at home, paving the way for victory in the USL Championship.
There was a 60-minute delay due to bad weather in New Mexico, but the game eventually started on soggy ground at Isotopes Park.
Sergio Rivas opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a rebound after Colorado Springs Switchbacks goalie Sean Melvin saved Kalen Ryden.
The Switchbacks found an equalizer minutes later as Steven Echevarria played the ball to Hadji Barry in the penalty area who dribbled around a slippery defender before stabbing at home.
New Mexico found a late winner when Azira came home from a corner in the first minute of the stoppage time. Ilija Ilic added another goal for New Mexico minutes later to extend the lead to 3-1.
âIt was a great feeling,â Azira said. “Getting my first goal and being able to help my teammates in this situation was great.”