Lights Match Preview #21: LV vs. RGV

The Lights will host their first home match in nearly a month.

After a disappointing result last Thursday in Seattle, Las Vegas Lights FC will return to Cashman Field tomorrow to face RGVFC. Here’s your official preview of Lights vs. Toros.

Last Time Out

Lights FC

L (3-0) vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2


W (1-0) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Goal: Aguilar

Last Time They Met

The Toros won the first ever meeting between the clubs last month. Conor Donovan and Jesus “Chuy” Enriquez provided the scoring in the 2-0 win at H-E-B Park.

Opposing Players to Watch

Nicolas Perea/Todd Wharton: The defensive midfield pairing of Perea and Wharton drives the Toros. Both players are solid defensively and possess top-level passing ability. RGVFC typically holds a possession edge in their matches and this duo is the biggest reason why.

Chuy Enriquez: Whether it’s as a starter or off the bench, Chuy is an explosive option for Toros head coach Gerson Echeverry. The winger has great pace and elite skills and shiftiness on the ball. When he’s in, the defense can’t relax for a second or he will burn you.

Carlos Small: He made his debut last week and provided a spark in the final 20+ minutes of the match. A big, powerful striker, Small should test the central defense of Lights FC.

Three Keys to a Vegas Victory

Don’t Play Their Game

The Toros want to possess the ball and control the action. The Lights never want to do that and they shouldn’t try to tomorrow night. If they try to get into a slow, passing battle with RGVFC, they will lose. They need to play their own game and hope they can force a defensive mistake.

Reward the Rowdy 

This is the first home match in almost a month for Las Vegas. The team needs to play with passion early and get the crowd involved. They’ve won three straight at Cashman Field and they will need to give their rambunctious fans something to cheer about.

Take Away Space

Playing against a team that likes to possess the ball, you need to make them uncomfortable. At times this season, we’ve seen the Lights press the ball and make it a long night for their opponent. This is the best chance they have of beating the Toros. If they can take away the space Wharton, Perea, and Pablo Aguilar/Matias Zaldivar have to work the ball, they could create chances for themselves.

The More You Know

Lights FC will be without Carlos Alvarez and Marcelo Alatorre due to red card suspensions. Alvarez will miss this match and the two following due to the violent nature of his foul.

The Deets

Who: RGVFC at Las Vegas Lights FC

When: Tomorrow, 8/4, at 8 PM Pacific Time

Where: Cashman Field

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.