A Light Preview: Lights FC aim to end a six-match winless run

After three matches away from home, Las Vegas Lights FC are back at Cashman Field tonight to host LA Galaxy II.

Las Vegas Lights FC (2-8-3)

In their last three matches, all on the road, Lights FC conceded a total of nine goals and scored three. Two of those came in their last matchup with Los Dos. They led 2-0 in the second half before collapsing in a 3-2 loss.

Last week’s 1-0 loss at Orange County SC was actually an admirable performance. Mobi Fehr was shown a red card in the 29th minute and Seth Moses received a second yellow card in the 59th minute, and it took a 63rd-minute Darwin Jones goal to get the win. Frank Yallop’s side showcased some toughness and defensive acumen as they held OC to eight total shots despite being down to nine men.

The Lights had zero shots on target vs. OC and they will need MLS veteran Quincy Amarikwa to step up at striker tonight. He obviously has the quality, but there hasn’t been any production yet up top from him. Blake Frischknecht also cooled off in a big way after seemingly scoring or assisting in every match.

LA Galaxy II (7-5-1)

Who you should know

Augustine Williams: The star forward has nine goals on the season, three vs. Las Vegas, and two assists. He leads the team in shots by a 24-goal margin

Mauricio Cuevas: All four of his goals this season have come directly from free kicks. The Lights play a physical style of soccer and they will want to be cautious about conceding fouls in areas that Cuevas can convert from. He also has three assists.

Jesus Vazquez: The Los Dos captain leads the team in clearances, blocked shots, and is tied for the team-high in aerial duels won.

What you should know

  • Omar Ontiveros, who has been released by the club, was suspended for six matches and fined by the USL Championship for directing a racial slur at a San Diego Loyal SC player. San Diego forfeited their point from the draw in that match in a stance against racism. According to Loyal SC’s statement, multiple referees and the LA coaching staff was in the area and some heard the exchange but did nothing, which makes a disgusting situation even worse.
  • They are right in the mix for the second playoff position in Group B and won’t want to waste a chance for three points against last-place Las Vegas before closing the season with crucial matches vs. Orange County and Phoenix.
  • They have more wins on the road than they do at home in the same amount of matches.

The Deets

Tonight, 7:30 PM PT, Cashman Field

Las Vegas Lights FC vs. LA Galaxy II

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.