ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – New Mexico United host Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Friday night at Isotopes Park, looking to end a three-game losing streak as they come home for the two teams’ third meeting this season. Kick-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.
@NewMexicoUTD (4-5-2, 14pts) returns home after losing all three games on his road trip for the past two weeks despite having held the lead in all three games. This saw the team move out of the Mountain Division’s top four, overtaken by Austin Bold FC, while leaving United seven points behind division leaders Rio Grande Valley FC. The defensive struggles the team have faced in the last three games – which have seen them concede eight times – came directly after a streak of three straight shutouts and New Mexico are hoping to return to that level of defensive strength then. start a two-game, four-night run at home that also includes a meeting with the Charleston Battery next Monday night. United will be without Amando Moreno for these competitions and potentially more following their selection by El Salvador for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, which will see La Selecta start on Saturday night against Curaçao.
@SwitchbacksFC (5-3-2, 17pts) has moved in the opposite direction to United in recent weeks after winning four of their last five games, including a 3-1 win over Real Monarchs SLC last Sunday night. Hadji Barry was among the team’s scorers at a sold-out Weidner Field on July 4 that saw the Guinean striker jump to 11 goals in 10 games so far this season to lead the Shoe race. championship gold. This week, the Switchbacks announced that they have agreed to a two-year contract extension with Barry that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2023 season, and he will look to increase his tally against the New. -Mexico after leading the team’s 3-1 victory on June 25 at Weidner Field in the two teams’ last meeting.
FiveThirtyEight.com Match Predictor: New Mexico United 44%, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 29%, Draw 27%
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New Mexico United (3-4-1-2): Alex Tambakis; Sam Hamilton, Kalen Ryden, Austin Yearwood; Harry Swartz, Micheal Azira, Juan Guzman, Josh Suggs; Andrew Tinari; Devon Sandoval, Brian Brown
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (4-2-3-1): Sean Melvin; Sebastian Anderson, Michael Edwards, Jimmy Ockford, Matt Mahoney; Beverly Makangila, Steven Echeverria; Michee Ngalina, José Francisco Torres, Deshane Beckford; Hadji barry
New Mexico United – Nothing
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – Nothing