It’s been over 140 days since the Coronavirus pandemic put professional sports in Las Vegas and the rest of the world at a standstill. Local sports fans in Vegas can rejoice to the news that live sports is back for the city’s pro clubs. The team to break this streak of no live sports is none other than the most eccentric team in the state of Nevada; the Las Vegas Lights. On top of that, the Lights haven’t played a home game at Cashman Field in roughly 10 months. Their last opponent was none other than Reno 1868 who they ended up losing 2-0 to.
The Lights have shook things up drastically since their last home game with their most significant change coming at the head coaching position. Coach Frank Yallop has taken over for Eric Wynalda who announced his departure from the club during the Coronavirus hiatus. Yallop will be looking for his first win as the Lights head coach against a Reno 1868 side that hasn’t lost to the Lights in their past five meetings ( three losses, two draws).
With nine Lights players returning from the 2019 campaign, it sets the scene for a surprising and unpredictable season ahead of the Lights fanbase, opposing teams, and even coaching staff. The Lights have brought players in from across the globe from their scouting directives, like Chancel Ndaye from Burundi, to see if there are any gems hidden in the overcrowded pool of prospective footballers.
Before the game kicked off, both sides took a knee during the National Anthem to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Once the game kicked off, things seemed to be quite balanced between the two teams. Chance after chance came for the two teams until Reno 1868 netted in the games first goal in the 18th minute thanks to Brent Richards finishing an amazing goal off of a cross from a free kick. That didn’t seem to slow down the Lights offensive pushes as the 22nd minute saw a penalty appeal from the Lights fall on deaf ears.
Reno kept their consistent attacking possessions all throughout the half and although it ended 1-0 after 45 minutes, it was only a matter of time until the game saw another goal.
Reno ran out of the gates for the second half, creating chance after chance to challenge Edward Delgado, but just were not able to double their lead early on. The Lights had a few solid opportunities moving forward, but with just under 30 minutes left in the contest, both teams had to be ready to fight for their next goal.
But the next goal wasn’t in either teams future as the result held for the remainder of the match to give Reno 1868 the three points. The Las Vegas Lights next fixture is at home against Landon Donovan’s San Diego Loyal side on August 8th.
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