Super Swirl Summary: POR 2, LV 1

Las Vegas Lights FC dropped a 2-1 result at home yesterday to Timbers 2.

Everything started so well for Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field yesterday. After getting the better chances in the opening minutes, Raul Mendiola scored for the hosts in the 4th minute. As usual, he was active in the attack, unafraid to take on nearby defenders.

Portland Timbers 2 pushed for an equalizer and seemed to have countless chances to capitalize as Ricardo Ferrino was especially aggressive coming off his line. But, T2 could not take advantage and trailed 1-0 entering the halftime break.

The beginning of the second half had a similar storyline to most of the first. The visitors were getting quality opportunities, but the finishing was anything but clinical. Finally, they leveled things up in the 72nd minute. A great chipped pass from Adrian Diz Pe found substitute Victor Arboleda, who smacked the ball past Ferrino.

Unfortunately for the home side, Timbers 2 didn’t settle for the draw. Foster Langsdorf received a quality through ball and raced in on the right side of the area before calmly tapping it to Renzo Zambrano for an easy goal. Las Vegas would not be able to find an equalizer, dropping their second straight match at Cashman Field.

To make matters worse, it seems technical director El Chelis is ready to flip the switch on his Lights tenure. Speaking to the Review-Journal, Chelis said, “I want to leave. Sincerely I want to leave. I can’t anymore with this. Tomorrow, I’m going to talk with the owner. I don’t have the intention of continuing here.”

The Lights will try to get things back on track as they face their rivals up north, Reno 1868 FC, on Saturday in northern Nevada.

Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Lights FC/ L.E. Baskow


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.