Nine straight defeats for Las Vegas Lights FC after 4-1 loss at Phoenix

In a very predictable result, Las Vegas Lights FC were soundly defeated by Phoenix Rising FC last night by a 4-1 scoreline. That is the ninth consecutive loss for Lights FC, who are winless in ten straight.

Key Stat

34 shots, 14 on target. In two matches this season for the Lights at Phoenix, they have faced 75 shots and 33 shots on target. It’s no surprise that they’ve lost those two fixtures by a 9-2 combined margin.

Three Brightest Lights

(BGN’s Man of the Match) Roberto Molina: He picked up the assist on the lone Lights’ goal from a free kick. Molina finished the match with two chances created, two shots, and 91.3% passing accuracy.

Julian Vazquez: His glancing header was the only goal for Las Vegas in the blowout loss and he also drew five fouls.

Nathan Sepulveda: The midfielder helped Lights FC hold the edge in possession. He completed 37 passes and made four clearances.

Quick Kicks

  • Once the Lights conceded a sloppy goal in the first few minutes of the match, you knew it was going to be a long night. They went down 2-0 within 20 minutes of the opening whistle.
  • The shot totals above are alarming and you also have to factor in that 26 of the shots last night for Rising FC came in the penalty area. That means they weren’t just trying efforts from long distance, but instead, they were breaking down the Las Vegas defense and getting to the spots they wanted.
  • Yes, Alex Rando conceded four goals. But, he did add ten saves to his league-leading total.
  • This was only the second match of the season that Frank Daroma didn’t start for Lights FC. He did appear as a second-half substitute.
  • Danny Trejo, LAFC’s 2021 first round SuperDraft pick, has started to show flashes of his ability going forward. He had an early chance and also made one key pass.
  • Speaking of LAFC, Danny Musovski found the winner for the MLS side against Austin FC last night. He’s played in 12 matches for the Lights and has five goals in the USL Championship. Danny Crisostomo, who served as the captain for Steve Cherundolo’s side before signing with the first team, started in the midfield for Bob Bradley.

What’s Next?

Following the loss to Phoenix, Las Vegas Lights FC can try to reset as they are off until 9/25 when they host San Diego Loyal SC. Landon Donovan’s side will face Tacoma Defiance and Oakland Roots SC between now and then.

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.