Lucky Number Seven? Las Vegas Lights FC lose their seventh consecutive match

Last night, Las Vegas Lights FC suffered their seventh consecutive loss, a 1-0 home defeat vs. Oakland Roots SC. Wal Fall deflected a poor pass by Mohamed Traore to Johnny Rodriguez, who buried the lone goal.

Key Stat

Zero goals. As far as statistics go, this one wasn’t a lopsided matchup between Las Vegas and Roots SC. But, the Lights couldn’t find a goal at Cashman Field and that allowed Oakland to come away with a win by converting just one opportunity.

Three Brightest Lights

Roberto Molina: A sparkplug, especially in the first half, Molina forced one save and also hit the crossbar. He attempted ten crosses (only connecting on one) and finished with one chance created.

Frank Daroma: He was busy in the midfield, completing 89.8% of his passes, making four tackles and three clearances, and creating two chances.

Armando Avila: Getting another start on the backline, the 17-year-old made three clearances and completed 54 passes (85.7% accuracy).

Quick Kicks

  • One major miscue, Traore’s giveaway at the back, was all it took to hand the Lights their seventh consecutive loss.
  • This wasn’t a poor performance overall from Steve Cherundolo’s side, especially in the first half. But, in a losing streak, you can lose matches that you play well enough to potentially get a result in.
  • LAFC definitely did Las Vegas a favor as the loanees included Cal Jennings, Danny Crisostomo, Marco Farfan. It was Farfan’s Lights FC debut, playing 62 minutes in defense.
  • For 63 minutes, Daroma was reunited with Crisostomo, making his first appearance since signing with LAFC. While helping the Lights hold an advantage in possession, they combined for 80/89 passing, five tackles, and four clearances.
  • Bruce El-Mesmari had two chances created and a pair of shots last night. He seems poised to have a breakout match soon.
  • Dylan Presto made his first start for the club, appearing in his second consecutive match.
  • Likely a combination of it being a midweek match, the heat, the USMNT playing at the same time, and the club’s poor form, the crowd was sparse last night at Cashman Field.

What’s Next?

Las Vegas Lights FC are back on the road this weekend as they look to upset Orange County SC in Irvine. Third on the Pacific Division table, OCSC are unbeaten in three straight matches.

Author

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.