By Chris Walker | Photo Credit: Josh Lane/NM United
Earlier today, it was announced by New Mexico United’s front office that goalkeeper Ben Beaury would be on a season-long loan to Reno 1868. This news comes just five days away from the restart of the 2020 season.
Beaury was the backup goalkeeper to Cody Mizell during the 2019 season. He started in goal for the stateside friendly with EFL Championship’s Cardiff City and in a late-season league match against Phoenix Rising FC. In both matches, Beaury secured a draw (1-1 vs. Cardiff City, 2-2 vs. Phoenix Rising) against top tier talent. He came out of the match against Phoenix with a sixty percent save rating, which was accompanied by a low rating in pass distribution and accuracy.
During preseason, goalkeeper coach Peter Davis made Ben Beaury his focus. Davis set up a tactical camera behind the net that Beaury manned during the Black and Yellow inter-squad scrimmage. His on-the-spot coaching helped Beaury to apply the technique to ultimately stave off hungry teammates attacking from the opposite end of the pitch. The scrimmage resulted in a 0-0 draw with the veteran lineup winning by penalty kicks. Beaury is 0-0-2 through league play and a friendly.
According to th MLS San Jose Earthquakes website, Reno’s top goalkeeper from last season, JT Marcinkowski, is now an active member of the San Jose Earthquakes roster. With the MLS is Back Tournament kicking off this upcoming weekend, Beaury’s addition fills a void left by Marcinkowski, who also was recently called-up by the US Men’s National Team.
Beaury fills out the cadre of goalkeepers listed for Reno 1868’s roster for the 2020 season. Beaury joins San Jose Academy’s Eric De La Cerda and Sebastián Mora-Mora. Of the three players, Beaury is the only one to bring USL Championship experience to the fold.
Beaury is looking at gaining some major USL Championship minutes. Beaury joins a Reno 1868 squad that has made the playoffs all three years in club history with the furthest being Western Conference Semifinals in 2018. Reno will join Sacramento Republic FC, Portland Timbers II, and Tacoma Defiance to round out Group A.
New Mexico United’s Philipp Beigl becomes Mizell’s primary backup. Beigl hails from Germany and trained with United during 2019 season. New Mexico is in Group C with El Paso, Colorado Springs, and Real Monarchs. Beigl officially signed on for his rookie season with the club back in January.
Beaury and United would not see each other in the group stage, but it would be possible if both Reno and United advanced to the Conference Semifinals and were seeded as a high and low seeded respectively.
With the group stage on the horizon, neither club can look too far ahead at the moment. We will keep you up to date on Beaury’s progress through the season and Beigl’s professional debut.
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