Greg Hurst has joined New Mexico United via transfer from Phoenix Rising FC ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season after recording six goals and five assists in the 2022 season. | Photo courtesy Ashley Orellana / Phoenix Rising FC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico United announced on Friday the club had acquired Scottish forward Greg Hurst via transfer from fellow USL Championship club Phoenix Rising SC. As part of the transaction, Phoenix receives an international roster slot from New Mexico for the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Hurst joins United after recording six goals, five assists and 31 chances created in 31 appearances for Rising FC in his first season in the USL Championship. The 25-year-old had previously achieved success in USL League One with Union Omaha, with which he won the 2021 USL League One title and recorded 14 throughout the regular season and playoffs.
“Greg has all the characteristics needed to be successful as an attacking player in our system,” said New Mexico Head Coach/Technical Director Zach Prince. “His ability to make threatening runs behind the defensive line and also make plays between the lines makes him different. Couple that with his consistent defensive pressure, and we are really looking forward to adding Greg to our attacking group.”
A native of Stirling, Scotland, Hurst began his professional career in his home country at the age of 17, making his debut for Scottish League One side Stirling Albion. By his 22nd birthday, Hurst had already racked up 68 appearances and 13 goals. Following successful stints in Scotland’s League One and League Two, Hurst made the move to USL League One’s Chattanooga Red Wolves SC in 2019.
Overall, Hurst has recorded 24 goals and six assists in 51 appearances in USL League One prior to his campaign in Phoenix in 2022.