A Light Preview: Match #4 vs. Real Monarchs

Las Vegas Lights FC will host Real Monarchs SLC on Salute to Golden Knights Night at Cashman Field.

Now 0-2-1 on the season, Las Vegas Lights FC are in desperate need of their first win in the 2019 USL Championship season. Tomorrow, they will host Real Monarchs SLC in their return to downtown Las Vegas.

Looking at the Lights (0-2-1):

After two straight losses on the road, Las Vegas Lights FC will return to Cashman Field in search of the first victory of 2019. In the two defeats, they’ve often played on the front foot and registered more shots and held more of possession. But, they have not been able to find the target with most of their shots going off-frame. The two goals they’ve scored this season have come from defenders, Javan Torre and Gabe Robinson, on set pieces.

Eric Wynalda’s side needs an attacking player to step up at home. Alex Harlley was suspended for the OKC match, but he could prove to be a key performer if he returns to the squad. The crowd should be big and loud tomorrow. Fans that attended the draw vs. Austin Bold FC received free tickets, as did fans that attended the Guns ‘n Hoses charity match last weekend. The match is also serving as a salute to the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, which should attract more fans.

Who you should know: Real Monarchs SLC (1-0-2)

Maikel Chang: The Cuban midfielder tallied an assist and scored two goals, including a Goal of the Week contender, in the club’s 5-0 win over LA Galaxy II. He secured a spot on the USL Championship Team of the Week spot.

David Ochoa: In three starts, Ochoa has two clean sheets and only allowed one goal. The 18-year-old has 16 saves on the season.

Jack Black: The former Nottingham Forest man has a club-high 130 passes this season. He’s scored once this season and has tallied five key passes.

The Deets

Real Monarchs SLC at Las Vegas Lights FC

Tomorrow, 3/30, at 7:30 Pacific Time

Watch on ESPN+


Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Lights 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.