On the night of the club’s infamous Cash Drop, Las Vegas Lights FC could only afford one goal and suffered a club-record sixth consecutive defeat.
Outshot 12-6, 5-1 on goal. Playing at home and trying to break out of a slump, the Lights couldn’t generate enough in the attack. While they had 46% possession, they finished with an abysmal 48.9% passing accuracy in the attacking half, a big reason for the lack of shots.
Three Brightest Lights
BGN’s Man of the Match Christopher Jaime: He smashed home the lone LV goal from point-blank range and racked up eight tackles in the Lights FC midfield.
CC Uche: Before he had to exit in stoppage time due to injury, the captain tallied six clearances and three tackles.
Frank Daroma: Despite his own goal in the second half, Daroma played a big role in the club finding any success in the middle of the park. He completed 90.5% of his passes (80% in the attacking half), made four tackles, and won two fouls.
- First professional goal for the 17-year-old Jaime.
- At the half, the clubs were even with three shots and one on target. Then, the second half saw the Lights add just two shots to their total with none on goal, compared to nine more shots and two more on goal for Republic FC.
- 35 goals conceded now for Las Vegas just in the second half of matches this season. That amount alone would be tied for eighth-most goals conceded overall in the USL Championship.
- The 2021 Lights have lost a club-record six consecutive matches. In the recap of the loss vs. Tacoma, I incorrectly listed that the previous record for consecutive losses was five matches in 2020. But, it was only four matches so Las Vegas actually broke that mark last week.
- In 2018, Las Vegas went 11 straight matches without a win, including nine losses in the stretch. Last season, they closed out their schedule with a nine-match winless run, including six losses. Right now, the winless streak is seven and obviously six consecutive defeats.
- The LAFC affiliate occupies the basement of the Pacific Division (despite playing three more matches than Oakland Roots SC right above them) and have the worst goal differential in the USL Championship.
- Understandably light crowd for a Sunday night match during a holiday weekend, even with the cash drop.
- Tough to blame Alex Rando on any of the three Sacramento goals. The first was a deflection at close-range from his teammate Frank Daroma and goals #2 and #3 were top-level strikes from outside the area.
Las Vegas Lights FC won’t have much time to reflect on their latest defeat. On Wednesday, they host Oakland Roots SC, who were unbeaten in six straight matches before a Friday loss to Tampa Bay Rowdies.