Whether on the pitch or in the squad, Neco Brett knows an opening when he sees one.
One of the USL Championship’s most prolific goal scorers, Brett believes he can help New Mexico United in an area where he is desperately needed in 2022. The 29-year-old Jamaican striker signed with United on Friday.
A good fit? Brett thinks so.
“I think New Mexico only needed one goalscorer,” Brett said during a Zoom media conference. “You have had a lot of good players. You only needed a striker. “
Brett is definitely qualified. He scored the top 18 goals of his career last season for Birmingham Legion FC (fifth best in the USLC) and is seventh on the league’s career list with 62 goals. Most of these goals (55) have been scored in the past four seasons – two each with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Birmingham. Brett was honored twice in the second team of the All-USL Championship, including last season.
“Neco is a proven goalscorer in the league, with the added ability to bring other people into play with smart decisions around the goal,” said United first year head coach Zach Prince. “This ability makes our attack unpredictable and difficult for the enemy to defend.”
Prince has emphasized the importance of being more aggressive in attack next season and Brett has the necessary credentials. He is one of only two USLC players to score four goals in a playoff game after doing so for Pittsburgh in 2019.
United often struggled to finish last season, finishing 19th in the USLC with 44 goals scored. Chris Wehan scored 10 of those goals after rejoining the club in August.
No other NMU player scored more than five.
“I don’t know any of the players personally,” said Brett, “but Wehan is one of my favorite players. I look forward to meeting them in the locker room and learning more about everyone. “
Brett said he is also looking forward to meeting the New Mexico fans, who were an important factor in his decision to sign with United.
“I heard they have great fans,” said Brett. “I watch a lot of games with all the teams in the league and New Mexico stands out. It’s a first-class atmosphere. “
Conducting the Zoom interview from his home in Jamaica on Friday, Brett admitted that there is one difficult aspect of joining New Mexico United – the height.
He laughed when asked if he should do the adjustment from sea level to Albuquerque’s 5,312 feet.
“Yeah, I have to get used to that,” said Brett. “I just need a little bit of time and I should be good.”