“With these home games, we have a big responsibility, because these are the games that our fans are going to enjoy the most.” -Isidro Sánchez
LAS VEGAS (July 5, 2018) — The Lights FC (4-6-5, 17 points) will welcome Saint Louis FC (5-5-7, 22 points) to Cashman Field for an 8 p.m. USL Western Conference Showdown.
The match, which features two clubs jockeying for points and position in the chase for a playoff spot, is the centerpiece of Salute to Service night in Downtown Las Vegas, featuring several tributes to our veterans, current military and first responders.
Saturday’s match comes on the heels of Lights FC earning a point on the road last weekend, via a 2-2 draw at Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Returning home, the club is eyeing its third straight win in its home confines.
In June, Lights FC went 2-0 at Cashman Field, scoring a pair of 4-1 victories over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (June 2) and then Seattle Sounders 2 (June 16). Those two wins were the cornerstones of the club’s highest-scoring month to date, as it tallied 12 goals in five matches.
Now, before hitting the road for four straight matches, Lights FC welcomes in a team in a similar situation to its own – needing points to help climb back into the Top 8 of the Western Conference standings at the midway point of the season.
“We know that after this, we have some very long trips coming up, so the focus is there,” midfielder Alex Mendoza said. “There’s always a sense of urgency, so of course we’re going into Saturday extremely focused on what we need to do.”
Sánchez said he expects a disciplined team coming into Cashman Field, which will be compact defensively.
On his own side, following a match in Tulsa where he felt the team left two points on the table, the focus in training this week has been simplified.
“This week, we have been returning to the basic things – Fighting for every ball, the 1 vs. 1 challenges – That must be our essence as a team,” Sánchez said. “Every player has an individual opportunity right now, and that has been the focus this week.”
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