Super Swirl Summary: LV 1, Los Dos 2

Las Vegas Lights FC dropped a close result at home last night.

On a night that featured money falling from the sky at halftime, Las Vegas Lights FC wasn’t able to cash in on a heavy shot advantage, losing to LA Galaxy II 2-1 at Cashman Field.

It was the hosts that got on the board first. From a tough angle towards the wing, Omar Salgado muscled a shot past goalkeeper Justin vom Steeg in the 10th minute. Los Dos would equalize by way of a penalty kick.

Joel Huiqui took out Miguel Aguilar in the area after the midfielder had sliced through the Lights’ defense. Ariel Lassiter stepped up and buried the shot from the spot. A little over five minutes later, one of the USL’s brightest young stars put Galaxy II ahead. The lovely sequence began when Lassiter chipped the ball over the Lights backline to Efrain Alvarez. The 16-year-old controlled the ball with his chest before lobbed a shot over an onrushing Ricardo Ferrino. It was another big moment for the young phenom, as he scored against his older brother, Lights midfielder Carlos Alvarez.  He almost notched a brace, but his shot on an open goal rattled the crossbar.

The elder Alvarez had a chance to be a hero for Lights FC in the 90th minute. With the club awarded a penalty, Sammy Ochoa stepped up to the spot, but he backed all the way out of the area as he might do to line up his shot. But, in the choreographed play, Alvarez charged in as Ochoa backed out and took the shot. His effort was comfortably saved by the Los Dos goalkeeper.

Lights FC held a shot advantage of 27 to 13 but only 9 to 5 on frame. They also carried 60% of possession. Unfortunately, it was another loss for the club and they drop into a tie on points with 15th place RGVFC. Las Vegas will try to get things turned around next Sunday when they host Portland Timbers FC 2.

Must Be The Money

Yes, I know you are wondering how the cash drop went. By all accounts, at the time I’m writing this, there were no major issues to report and it looks like it was a massive success.

It’s Showtime!

The Lights FC pink scarf recipient ahead of their match vs. Fresno last month is now a world champion again. “Showtime” Shawn Porter defeated Danny Garcia via unanimous decision last night to win the WBC Welterweight World Championship.


Main photo courtesy of L.E. Baskow/Lights FC




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.