USL Championship: What's in the news ...

1. New Mexico United moved into first place in the Western Conference with a 3-0 win over San Antonio FC before a record crowd of 15,023 fans at Isotopes Park. Former University of New Mexico players Chris Wehan and Devon Sandoval combined for all three goals. The game marked the second straight match New Mexico United has broken its home attendance record. It ranks second in the league in average attendance with an average of 12,299, behind only Indy Eleven (12,434).

Results: USL Championship (Week 9)

2. The expansion Hartford Athletic drew an announced crowd of 11,346 fans for its first home game at Rentschler Field, a 1-1 draw with the Charlotte Independence. The point was the first of the season for the Athletic after eight losses. It will play six more home games at Rentschler Field before the scheduled move on July 13 to Dillon Stadium, which is undergoing $14 million in renovations.

3. Julian Gaines, 16, debuted for the Austin Bold in its 1-0 loss at LA Galaxy II. Gaines, a sophomore at Round Rock High School, was one of the expansion team's first acquisitions last year, signing a USL academy contract. He spent time with U.S. youth national teams in 2017 and 2018. His brother, McKinze Gaines, signed a pro contract with German club Wolfsburg shortly after his 18th birthday and later moved to Darmstadt and Zwickau
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