ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – New Mexico United is back in town and preparing to play in the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday and Friday. Both games kick off at 7pm inside Isotopes Park, and after a 1-1 draw with Monterey Bay on the road and a home loss before that to Birmingham, a win is huge for both fans. and this team.
“There is no mystery in that, if you want to succeed you have to win at home, and so whether we lose away or at home we are looking to react positively. The guys are ready to react and push ourselves to the top of the Western Conference. We have a few games going on right now, and we see this as an opportunity, and the opportunity is just for us to come in and take care of business,” said NM United head coach Zach Prince.
NM United currently sits 7th in the USL Championship standings, holding a record of 7 wins, 3 losses and 5 draws.
UNM Football made the July 4 commitment, as El Paso’s Jayden Wilson made the announcement on social media Monday. Wilson is part of the class of 2023, so he will have one more season in high school football, but last year Wilson put up excellent numbers on offense and defense.
A running back and linebacker at Austin High School in El Paso, Wilson scored over 1,400 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Wilson racked up 116 tackles at linebacker. Currently standing at 6’2 and weighing 215 pounds, UNM plans to use Wilson as a linebacker. He’s excited about the opportunity and feels the Lobos are a good choice.
“UNM was the first school to give me an opportunity. They watched my film, and they saw talent. The other schools obviously don’t see what UNM saw, so I’m so grateful for the opportunity they’re giving me, so I decided to commit to them,” Jayden Wilson said.
UNM Men’s Basketball is feeling optimistic this offseason, as new players have already begun to integrate well during summer practices, and they also have a strong core of returning players for next season. KJ Jenkins is one of those returning guys who has high hopes for this upcoming season.
Jenkins sees a lot of talent in the big players who have arrived and he feels he is helping new players by playing a strong leadership role. “I see the talent that these new guys have, and as for me, when I was a freshman, I didn’t really have much as a player or a leader, not letting myself cut corners and everything. So I want to be that guy so I don’t let them miss reps or go out of bounds in any of the workouts and stuff like that. So I really take that responsibility,” KJ Jenkins said.
Jenkins led UNM by 3 points last season, finishing with 60. He built a reputation as a tough guy on the court last year. Jenkins is proud of that and hopes these new Lobos will take a page from his book and play hard and tough. “That’s the biggest thing, it’s just everybody get out there and ring their rag everyday and just show what you can do, man. That’s the biggest thing you can do at this level you have to be tough and if you want to win the Mountain West tournament as we can see the big teams Boise and you know San Diego States are really physical so we know what we have to do to get to that level,” Jenkins said.