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ON THE LINE: New Mexico, Phoenix Vie for Four Corners Cup

By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, 09/27/19, 1:32PM EDT

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United can claim inaugural edition of regional rivalry with victory against Rising FC


New Mexico United would claim the Four Corners Cup on Saturday night if it defeats Phoenix Rising FC at Isotopes Park. | Photo courtesy Michael Rincon / Phoenix Rising FC

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Saturday night’s clash between New Mexico United and Phoenix Rising FC is one of the two biggest games this weekend in the USL Championship, and with good reason.

For one, there’s eighth-place New Mexico’s ongoing bid to secure a place in the USL Championship Playoffs in its inaugural season, with the tightly-packed standings above and below the playoff line making every victory vital for the seven teams separated by five points sitting between seventh and 13 place in the standings.

Then there’s Rising FC’s bid to rewrite the USL Championship’s record book, where it still has the chance to set records for most regular season wins and points, while Solomon Asante and Zac Lubin take aim at individual goals over the final four games of the regular season.

But there’s another reason why Saturday night’s game is also an important one for both clubs; the winner is going to be in line to claim the Four Corners Cup.

The four-way regional rivalry series that also features Real Monarchs SLC and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC has come down to the final two games of its inaugural playing. As it stands, New Mexico has the upper hand, sitting on 10 points after going 3-1-1 in its first five games. A victory on Saturday night would put United clear of Phoenix and Real Monarchs SLC and give the club a nice prize for its inaugural season.

Should Rising FC – which currently sits with a 2-0-2 record after four games – take victory, or the game end in a draw, then the winner of the custom-made trophy in the shape of the four adjoining states represented by each club – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah – will come down to the final game of the series when Phoenix hosts Real Monarchs SLC (3-2-0, 9pts) on October 12 at Casino Arizona Field.

2019 Four Corners Cup Standings

Club

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

New Mexico United

5

3

1

1

14

7

+7

10

Real Monarchs SLC

5

3

2

0

7

10

-3

9

Phoenix Rising FC

4

2

0

2

12

7

+5

8

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

6

0

5

1

5

14

-9

1

 

With New Mexico hosting a blackout – and taking aim at another crowd of more than 15,000 fans at Isotopes Park – the atmosphere should be electric as the two rivals square off for the third time this season.

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