After a successful first season as a USL Championship expansion club, New Mexico United has started building its roster for the 2020 season.
The club announced its first new signing of the off-season Thursday, bringing in a young player with Liga MX and MLS experience. Amando Moreno will join New Mexico United for the 2020 season after the two sides agreed to a deal. No terms of the contract were disclosed.
“I’m really excited to be part of a really great club. We both have the same goal to win the championship,” Moreno said in a statement. “After talking to (New Mexico United coach Troy Lesesne), it seems he has the team really united and that’s what I want to be a part of. I want to be part of a family where we all have the same goals the same passion to win the cup.”
A New Jersey native, Moreno came up in the New York Red Bulls academy and appeared in three games with the club in 2013. After his contract expired, he took his talents to Mexico in 2014, signing with Club Tijuana. Over three seasons, he appeared in 20 games with the Liga MX side and had three goals and one assist.
Moreno also spent time with second-tier Mexican club, Dorados, and scored one goal in 11 appearances. He returned to the U.S. in 2018, signing with New York Red Bulls II and had a solid campaign, notching 11 goals and four assists in 30 appearances and helping the club reach the USL’s Eastern Conference final.
This past season, Moreno returned to MLS, signing with the Chicago Fire. He appeared in just eight contests and did not score.
Moreno has 23 appearances with the U.S. youth national teams at the U-18 and U-20 levels. He was called up to the senior team for a friendly in 2016, but did not appear in the match.
“Amando is going to provide goals and assists every year,” Lesesne said in a statement. “Not only is he a great fit for our system and style of play, the tenacity and determination Amando plays with reflects the identity of our club.”
In its first USL Championship season, New Mexico United averaged the league’s best attendance – drawing an averaging of 12,693 fans per-game – made the USL playoffs, and made a run to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, beating a pair of MLS teams along the way.
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