A Light Preview: Match #7 vs. RGVFC

After a blowout win over Tacoma, Las Vegas Lights FC will travel to South Texas to face RGVFC.

Following a 5-0 victory at home over Tacoma Defiance, Las Vegas Lights FC will look to secure their first away points of the season as they face RGVFC in McAllen, Texas. We give you a preview of the first Carson Merk Clasico of the season.

Looking at the Lights (2-3-1)

It will definitely be hard to improve on their win over Tacoma Defiance last weekend. The club scored five goals, three from Irvin Parra and two from Tabort Etaka Preston, and kept a clean sheet. Pablo Cruz had a lot of time on the ball vs. the Defiance and that will need to continue to occur for the club to be dangerous in the attack.

Against the Toros, it will be about building on the momentum from the big win. The match vs. Tacoma was the first time the club scored from the run of play. Now, do that again, but this time on the road. So far this season, the club has not sat back and played for a draw on the road. They are consistently trying to dictate the pace and apply pressure. Going to H-E-B Park, the Lights will need to be ready to chase the match around a spacious pitch and an opponent that likes to work the ball around.

Who you should know: RGVFC Toros (1-3-2)

Jesus “Chuy” Enriquez: He’s been the best player for the Toros so far this season. In his second year with the club, he consistently drives the ball into dangerous areas, looking to set up a teammate or put a shot on frame himself. Chuy is the only RGV player with multiple goals and leads the club in shots.

Isidro Martinez: The rookie has been the chief distributor in the midfield for head coach Gerson Echeverry. The 22-year-old rookie leads the Toros in assists, chances created, and minutes played.

Maalique Foster: While the Jamaican has not made a big impact statistically yet, when you watch the Toros, he catches your attention. With blazing pace, skills on the ball, and an eye for the attack, Foster is dangerous making runs in behind the backline or running at defenders himself. He might be due for a goal…

The Deets

Tomorrow, Saturday 4/20, at 5:30 PM Pacific Time

Las Vegas Lights FC at RGVFC Toros

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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.