One goal is enough for Lights FC to top T2

In a crucial home fixture, Las Vegas Lights FC chopped down Portland Timbers 2 with a 1-0 win.

Finally back at Cashman Field, Las Vegas Lights FC picked up three big points in a 1-0 victory over Portland Timbers 2. Jose Villarreal scored the lone goal for Eric Wynalda’s side.

Key Stats

🔑 Nine interceptions. The Lights did well, as they typically do, to put pressure on the ball at Cashman Field. They were able to force poor passes and jump into passing lanes.

🔑 17 fouls conceded. Just like their aforementioned pressure, Lights FC are never afraid of going in for tackles, especially at home. They did well to make T2 uncomfortable on the night.

Three Brightest Lights

💡💡💡 Jose Villarreal: He scored his first goal of the season for Las Vegas and it was a crucial one. Villarreal also created three chances.

💡💡 Thomas Olsen: Another home clean sheet for TKO, who came up with five saves on the night.

💡 Irvin Parra: His headed assist on the lone goal was perfect. He was willing to get involved on both sides of the ball, finishing with 19 duels, three tackles, two interceptions, and one shot on target.

Quick Kicks

⚽ There were some nervy moments in front of the Lights’ goal in both halves. Defenders were diving in and clearing shots away, the posts got involved, and TKO made some big stops. This was not at all an eventless clean sheet.

⚽ You can tell how talented Fito Zelaya is, but he is obviously still rusty from his lack of match time with LAFC. His shots and passes in the final third have just been a bit off.

⚽ It was nice to see Bryan De La Fuente make his season debut. He was a quality player when I saw him early in the preseason, but an injury has kept him out until now. The club captain received a nice ovation from the crowd of more than 7,500 at Cashman Field.

⚽ Lights FC sit three points below the cutoff line, but they still have a game in hand on most of the teams above them.

⚽ The water balloon fight was chaos with loads of people heading down to the pitch and some frustrated individuals not getting to the pitch in time to do battle.

Okay, What’s Next?

📅 Las Vegas Lights FC will travel to Tulsa to face the Roughnecks. Tulsa is winless in their last 16 matches after a surprisingly hot start in March and April.

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.