LAS CRUCES – The University Degrees Abroad men’s football academy program at New Mexico State University is kicking off a crucial game this weekend.
NMSU, who remain undefeated in their United Premier Soccer League regular season and play in the UPSL Southwest Conference, will face Arizona’s East Valley United Pro on Sunday at the High Noon Soccer Complex at 10 a.m. on Field No. Â° 1.
The match is free and open to the public.
âWe are still unbeaten in the league. We have three wins and one draw. And we have what is arguably the best team in the league coming this weekend to play on Sunday, âsaid UDA program director Jeff Thompson.
East Valley United Pro finished second overall last season in the UPSL, a professional football development league in the United States that features more than 300 teams nationwide.
NMSU started their current season in August and recently claimed victory over Arizona’s Barca Residency Academy USA last week.
“We had almost 400 fans in the stands, and it was a great atmosphere,” Thompson said of the Oct. 8 game. “We ended up winning this game 3-2, and we would like to repeat it for the game on Sunday.”
A victory on Sunday would put NMSU at the top of the standings, Thompson added.
âIt would put us in a very good position to get into the top four for the playoffs, which starts the first week of December,â he said.
The NMSU and UDA teamed up in 2019 to create a men’s soccer development program. The program – UDA’s first in the United States – has 35 students, all of whom are seeking a degree at NMSU or DoÃ±a Ana Community College.
UDA’s mission is to provide student-athletes with an internationally recognized college degree, football development experience, and a multiple career path opportunity of their choice as part of a fully academic experience. integrated.