Las Vegas Lights FC come up empty in El Paso with a 1-0 loss

On Saturday night, Las Vegas Lights FC were defeated by El Paso Locomotive FC, 1-0, in the Lonestar State. Aaron Gomez scored the lone goal in the match.

Key Stat

Two shots on goal. Lights FC finished with just seven shots total and only two were on target. That’s a tough recipe for success, especially on the road against a top-tier opponent.

Three Brightest Lights

BGN Man of the Match Tony Leone: Building on last week’s appearance on the USL Championship Team of the Week, Leone was a standout again for the Lights. He created a chance with a great cross and tallied four clearances, two tackles, and two interceptions.

Alvaro Quezada: He set up the best chance for the Lights all night with a perfect through ball to Christian Torres, who couldn’t beat the goalkeeper. He added four tackles, an interception, and won two fouls.

Alex Rando: Despite allowing the one goal, Rando did his part to keep things close for Las Vegas as he made five saves on the day.

Quick Kicks

  • While Rando’s five saves may not have been highlight-reel stops, it’s tough to expect more from a rookie goalkeeper than holding a top team to one goal.
  • Lights FC had some loans from LAFC, but they did not have one of the striking options of Cal Jennings or Danny Musovski and that proved to be a difference-maker.
  • Without those players available,  Quezada and Roberto Molina got the starts up top. Unlike Quezada, Molina struggled in the attack, finishing with one shot (which was blocked) and zero chances created.
  • The Frank Daroma-Danny Crisostomo midfield duo combined to complete 86/92 passes and register three chances created. Crisostomo added three tackles and three interceptions.
  • Outside of the well-worked goal from El Paso, the Las Vegas defense stood up well to the test on the road.

What’s Next?

On Friday, Las Vegas Lights FC will travel out to Utah to face Real Monarchs SLC. The Real Salt Lake affiliate has lost three straight matches and resides at the bottom of the Mountain Division.

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.