Match Preview #20: LV vs. SEA ?

Following a match vs. Portland on Sunday, Las Vegas Lights FC travels to Seattle to take on Sounders FC 2 tonight.

Las Vegas Lights FC defeated Portland Timbers FC 2 to start their Cascadia road trip. They will complete the two-match swing tonight when they visit Seattle Sounders FC 2.

Last Time Out

Lights FC

W (2-1) vs. Portland Timbers 2

Goals: Ochoa, Salgado

Sounders FC 2

L (1-0) vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Last Time They Met

6/16 at Cashman Field

Lights 4, Sounders 1

LV Goals: Ochoa (2), Mathers, Huiqui

Opposing Players to Watch

David Estrada: His eight goals are a club high. The 30-year-old does a good job of getting on to the end of loose balls in the area and he has a 38% conversion rate.

Denso Ulysse: The young defender leads the club in interceptions, tackles won, and duels won. He also provides pace going forward for S2.

Three Keys to a Vegas Victory

Don’t Give Them Early Confidence

Sounders 2 are struggling mightily right now. The Lights cannot allow them to score an early goal and gain confidence. You don’t want the underdog to ever think they have a chance.

Keep the Press on the Keeper

When the clubs played in Vegas, Sammy Ochoa nearly blocked a clearance from Calle Brown before actually doing so shortly after for his second goal. Ochoa’s first goal that night was also created by pressuring the goalkeeper off a rebound. If Las Vegas can make Brown uncomfortable, they could find an easy away goal.

Sharp on Set Pieces

Omar Salgado showcased what a high-quality free kick can do when he won the match against Timbers 2 from a dead ball play. Lights FC should continue their season-long trend of creativity and class from set pieces against Seattle.

The Deets

Tonight, 7/26, at 7 PM Pacific Time

Las Vegas Lights FC (6-8-5)  vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2 (3-13-2)


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.