Lights lock down Los Dos in away draw

Las Vegas Lights FC came away with a scoreless draw vs. LA Galaxy II last night.

For the first time this season, Las Vegas Lights FC can say they secured a point away from Cashman Field. Last night, Eric Wynalda’s side stifled Los Dos in a scoreless draw. We take a look at the away result.

Key Stats

🔑 Zero shots on target. On the road, Lights FC held Los Dos to five shots, none of which tested Thomas Olsen.

🔑 85.7% tackle success. In a dominant defensive performance, Las Vegas did well when they went in for tackles. That was major in preventing much attacking danger from LA Galaxy II.

🔑 23% shooting accuracy. While the Lights held a shooting edge of 17-5 over Los Dos, they only managed to put four of those efforts on frame. With some more clinical work in the final third, Lights FC could have taken all three points.

Three Brightest Lights

💡💡💡 Junior Sandoval: Signed only a few weeks ago, the midfielder has established himself as a key player for Lights FC. He completed 82% of his 45 passes, had four tackles, and made three interceptions.

💡💡 Gabe Robinson: In the clean sheet, Robinson had six clearances, two interceptions, and connected on 83% of his 48 passes.

💡 Pablo Cruz: Passing at an 88% clip, Cruz created three chances and had two shots of his own.

Quick Kicks

⚽ To be able to hold a club to zero shots on target, especially at home, is a big accomplishment. Being able to accomplish that without one of your key defenders is even more impressive. The club saw Kevin Garcia-Lopez depart with an injury, but the defense didn’t miss a beat.

⚽ As I mentioned above, Junior Sandoval is really becoming a positive player for Las Vegas. He is confident on the ball and works hard both ways in the midfield.

⚽ While he didn’t have to make any saves, Thomas Olsen secured his fourth clean sheet of the season. Yes, that’s more clean sheets than the Lights had as a team last season.

⚽ It will be interesting to see who Eric Wynalda replaces KGL with. The speedy right-back has been a key player this season and his replacement will have big, figuratively, shoes to fill.

⚽ Sammy Ochoa won five of his seven aerial duels yesterday in his first start of the season. I can’t imagine a central defender will be excited about playing against the USL Championship’s version of the Dudley Boyz, Ochoa and Irvin Parra.

Okay, What’s Next?

The Lights will return home to face Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday night. The Quails finished scoreless with Phoenix Rising FC in their most recent fixture.


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.