A Light Preview: A rivalry matchup in Reno for Lights FC

After a late equalizer vs. LA Galaxy II, Las Vegas Lights FC will try to keep the momentum going in a rivalry match tonight vs. Reno 1868 FC.

Las Vegas Lights FC (2-8-4)

The last win for Lights FC came back on August 25th against Orange County SC. Since then, they’ve lost seven of nine matches. A silver living would be that the club has still been competitive in recent outings despite being officially eliminated from playoff contention. In the draw vs. Los Dos over the weekend, Junior Sandoval’s performance earned him a place on the bench for the USL Team of the Week.

For Frank Yallop’s squad, there’s nothing to lose. They shouldn’t bunker down and play boring tactics on the road against their rivals. Instead, the Lights should be responsible defensively but also aggressive getting forward and try to go for the win rather than playing for a draw. This could be the match that we see Quincy Amarikwa finally breakthrough after a limited impact thus far for Las Vegas. Could the former San Jose Earthquake help upset the club’s USL affiliate?

Reminder, Lights FC have never defeated Reno and have only drawn twice in their six matches.

Reno 1868 FC (10-2-2)

Who you should know

Christiano François: The Cheetah is having a monster season for Reno. He’s fourth in the league in assists (6), T-8th in chances created (28th), and T-15th in goals (6). His pace and skill on the ball open up everything in the attack for 1868 FC.

Foster Langsdorf: In his first professional season away from Portland, the 24-year-old forward leads the club with eight goals (T-8th in the league). He’s converting at an impressive 29.6%.

Thomas Janjigian: Reno’s star defender leads the club in passes, passes per 90 minutes, clearances, and aerial duels won. 

What you should know

  • Third-best goal differential in the USL Championship (+21)
  • Tied for most goals scored in the league (39)
  • Currently on an eight-match unbeaten streak

The Deets

Tonight, Kickoff at 6:30 PM, Greater Nevada Field

Las Vegas Lights FC at Reno 1868 FC

Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.