The losing streak ends at ten matches after Las Vegas Lights FC draw in Oakland

For the first time since August 7th, Las Vegas Lights FC did not leave a match empty-handed. The LAFC affiliate ended a ten-match losing streak with a 2-2 draw on the road vs. Oakland Roots SC.

Key Stat

15-14 shots in favor of Las Vegas. It’s not a common occurrence for the Lights to carry the advantage in shots. They finished with one more shot and one more shot on target than Oakland and that highlighted their ability to dictate the action at times last night.

Three Brightest Lights

Danny Trejo: The LAFC first-round pick converted from close-range early on in the match to give the Lights the lead.

Alex Rando: He kept Quincy Amarikwa’s penalty shot out for his 100th save of the season and made three total saves.

CC Uche: When the club needed a goal, the captain buried a left-footed effort late in the match to secure the point.

Quick Kicks

  • Back-to-back weeks with a goal for Trejo, his first two goals of the season. The assist came from Julian Vazquez, who has been a spark lately for the Lights.
  • It was definitely a foul on Mohamed Traore leading to the penalty, but it also appeared that the ball may have deflected off Memo Diaz’s hand while he controlled the ball before the foul.
  • Not a strong effort from the spot from former Las Vegas Lights forward Quincy Amarikwa.
  • After Amarikwa leveled the score, Tony Leone gave Oakland the lead with an absolute rocket of a header for an own goal.
  • Last night was a rare match that didn’t feature Frank Daroma in the Lights FC starting XI. He did come off the bench at the break, along with debutant Dekel Keinan.
  • Already carrying a yellow card from the foul leading to the PK, Traore received another yellow card and was sent off for a foul in the 73rd minute. It appeared he caught Diaz with an elbow. It was the second red card for the young defender this season.
  • Great finish on the equalizer from CC Uche. He did have to depart late due to a head/face injury.
  • With Steve Cherundolo away in Texas being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, LAFC Academy Director of Coaching Enrique Duran served as acting head coach.

What’s Next?

Las Vegas Lights FC will be back home on Friday when they host LA Galaxy II. Los Dos are battling for the final playoff position in the Pacific Division, currently tied on points with fifth-place Sacramento Republic FC after a loss vs. San Diego Loyal SC.

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.