A third loss for Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC

After going ahead by way of an own goal in the first half, Las Vegas Lights FC conceded two goals to Cameron Iwasa in the second half to lose again to Sacramento Republic FC, 2-1.

Key Stat

24-5 shots, 9-2 shots on target. Playing on the road, Lights FC were comfortably outshot by Sacramento. Looking at those numbers, it’s tough to expect anything but a defeat with that type of discrepancy in shots.

Three Brightest Lights

(BGN’s Man of the Match) Eric Iloski: His first-half cross ended up in the back of the net following a deflection for the lone Lights FC goal. He finished with one chance created, 82.5% passing accuracy, three clearances, and two tackles.

Alex Rando: While he conceded two goals, he came up with seven saves on the day and the first goal was essentially impossible to save.

Tony Leone: He was the best performer on the backline that was under constant attack. He tallied eight clearances, three tackles, one interception, and 85.2% accuracy on his passes.

Quick Kicks

  • This was the third match already between the clubs and Lights FC can’t seem to figure Sacramento out. While the other matches were closer statistically, this one was lucky to only be a one-goal defeat.
  • LAFC loaned down the ideal attacking three for Steve Cherundolo with Danny Musovski, Cal Jennings, and Bryce Duke. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make much of an impact as the Lights were forced to defend more times than not.
  • First start of the season for young Armando Avila. He played the full 90 minutes at right-back for Las Vegas.
  • Frank Daroma is still a quality performer each time out, but the Lights FC midfield is not the same solid unit without Danny Crisostomo. The Daroma-Crisostomo tandem helped dictate the pace and the action in the middle of the park.
  • Especially with multiple attacking players being loaned down from LAFC, Cherundolo has some dynamic options off the bench with Bruce El-Mesmari, Michael Yeboah, and Danny Trejo.
  • Lights FC have now lost seven of their nine away matches.
  • With fourth place Tacoma Defiance winning again, the Lights currently find themselves seven points below the playoff cutoff line.

What’s Next?

Las Vegas Lights FC play again in California midweek as they take on San Diego Loyal SC. Landon Donovan’s side lost to Tacoma Defiance last night, their second consecutive defeat.

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.