A Light Preview: Match #29 vs. Fresno FC

Las Vegas Lights FC will look to end a two-match losing streak at home tonight when they host Fresno FC.

After a midweek loss vs. the top team in the Western Conference, Las Vegas Lights FC will host the club one spot below, second-place Fresno FC. We preview the match that will serve as Hispanic Heritage Night at Cashman Field.

Looking at the Lights (8-12-8)

While the losses to El Paso last weekend and Phoenix on Wednesday were very different, the main similarity between them was Lights FC being shutout in both. Things just seemed to fizzle out as the ball was worked near the penalty area, resulting in turnovers of the ball or inaccurate shots. Las Vegas has been blanked in four of their last seven matches and they sit 26th in the league in goals scored. Their lack of scoring has not been due to a lack of shots, 8th-highest in the league, but more so a lack of shooting accuracy with a 3rd-worst conversion rate. I would attribute that largely to the club’s lack of a true striker, outside of sparse appearances from Fito Zelaya on loan or Sammy Ochoa. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the club leads the USL Championship in fouls conceded and sit second in both yellow cards and red cards. They are down to play physically, but sometimes a lack of control and composure.

With their playoff hopes continuing to fade away, we’re now entering the time for players to show their character as they try to impress Eric Wynalda and fight for their position on a roster next season, whether it’s in Vegas or elsewhere. The only player appearing on the injury list for tonight’s match is Edwin Rivas, who is questionable with a lower-body injury.

Previous result vs. Fresno: L, 2-1

Who you should know: Fresno FC (14-4-8)

Juan Pablo Caffa: One of the most skillful players in the USL Championship, Caffa has five assists, 50 chances created, and averages 61.4 passes per match.

Jaime Chavez: He leads Fresno in scoring, including a brace vs. Vegas, and has been on fire lately.


C.J. Cochran: The 27-year-old goalkeeper has started every match for the Foxes this season. They’re tied for 5th-fewest goals allowed in the league and Cochran has the 14th-most saves this season.

The Deets

Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Fresno FC

Hispanic Heritage Night will include $ All-You-Can-Eat tamales and All-You-Can-Drink Estrella Jalisco.

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.