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FSM Essential Recap: Lights FC vs Locomotive FC – Game 13

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The Las Vegas Lights fall to the Locomotive FC 1-0 at home on $1 juice night with Jose Canseco at Cashman Field. 


Lights FC vs Locomotive FC
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It was $1 juice night with former Oakland A’s superstar Jose Canseco at Cashman Field Friday night as the Lights FC took on the El Paso Locomotive FC.

The Lights FC came into the match with a scoreless streak of 239 minutes without allowing a goal to an opposing team. Heading into this match, the Lights FC’s defense had been impressive. They hadn’t allowed multiple goals in their last seven games.

The Lights FC also welcomed back Danny Trejo. He was subbed into the game in the second half, marking his return to action after missing the last two games due to a lower-body injury. Trejo, who was selected 14th overall in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft by Los Angeles FC, is one of 4 USL players with six goals this season.

The El Paso Locomotive FC sought to get on the front foot early with an aggressive high press. The Locomotive was able to get a few looks towards goal through Dylan Mares and midfielder Eric Calvillo, but neither could bring down the ball to find the net. The Lights FC got a few chances toward goal on the other side of the ball, but none really tested goalkeeper Evan Newton.


Shortly before the break, Locomotive FC went down to 10-men; after forward, Lucho Solignac earned a second yellow card.


Lights FC vs Locomotive FC
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Las Vegas and El Paso went into the halftime break tied 0-0 in a first half that was highlighted by great defensive play. At that time, Canseco, the former American League MVP and the first member of baseball’s 40/40 Club, came onto the field to hit autographed softballs into the stands as part of the festivities for $1 juice night, which riled the crowd up.

Despite being a man down in the second half, the Locomotive FC continued its press while defending against the Lights FC, who were aiming to take advantage. The Locomotive’s defender Yuma captained the backline to near perfection to keep Las Vegas off the board. In the 62nd minute of the match, Mares recorded what would be the lone goal against Las VegasEder Borelli led the counter, finding forward Ricardo Zacarias at the far post, who headed it to Mares for the one-touch volley.

For the final 30 minutes of the match, the Locomotive FC dug deep, even calling on its academy players in midfielders Diego Abarca, Joel Maldonado, and Venancio Calderon to see out the game for the 1-0 win at Cashman Field. With the loss, the Lights FC are now in 7th place in the standings with 16 points, just ahead of the RVG Toros and the Sacramento Republic FC.

The Lights FC return home to Cashman Field on Saturday, June 11th, when they host the Orange County SC, the reigning USL Championship titleholders. It’ll be Fireworks Extravaganza Night presented by Red Apple Fireworks.


On Friday, June 3rd Las Vegas will visit Colorado Springs, who are currently leading USL Championship’s Western Conference with 24 points in 9 matches. The match starts at 6 pm, and you can catch the game on ESPN+.

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– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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