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Lights FC Highlights of the Week

May 11, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Las Vegas Lights FC News Release

Las Vegas Lights FC in action
Las Vegas Lights FC in action
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Junior Sandoval is making the most since being traded from Memphis 901 FC to Lights FC. Eric Wynalda has used the Honduran midfielder as a starter in all three games since he was added to the team's roster, and against Sacramento Republic FC he fired a rocket from 30 yards out that ended in the back of the net for the fourth score in the game for Las Vegas in their 4-2 win.

His incredible strike was selected by the league's fans as USL Championship Goal of the Week for week 9. CLICK HERE for video of Sandoval's goal.


Lights FC forward Irvin Raul Parra was selected to USL Championship's team of the week for his week 9 performance against Republic FC. Parra opened the floodgates for Las Vegas by leveling the score with Sacramento 1-1, this was his fifth goal of the year. He followed it up with a pair of assists that elevated his season total to 3. He leads the team in both goals and assists.

This is his second Team of the Week recognition in the 2019 season, both times he finished second in the voting for Player of the Week. | CALLING ALL SOCCER MOMS |

As part of Mother's Day Weekend celebrations, moms who attend Cashman Field on May 11 driving a minivan will receive complimentary parking ahead of Lights FC's match against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC that night.

That day, merchandise for women both at the team store inside Cashman Field and at the Zappos Tailgate will have a special 50% discount in commemoration of the special weekend. | ECHAVARRIA DEBUTS |

On Saturday, May 4 a childhood dream became a reality for Santiago Echavarría, who made his debut as a professional soccer player. The Colombia native was subbed in for Sammy Ochoa against Republic FC and less than 10 minutes afterward he scored a goal to give Lights FC a 3-1 lead versus Sacramento. To put the cherry on top, he did this on his mother's birthday. Read more about this special story at | US OPEN CUP OPPONENT DETERMINED |

With Cal FC defeating FC Mulhouse Portland in First Round action of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Cal FC guaranteed their spot in the next phase of the single elimination tournament and became Lights FC's opponent in the Second Round.

Cashman Field will host its first ever US Open Cup game on Tuesday, May 14 with Lights FC hosting Cal FC. Eric Wynalda has a strong connection to Cal FC, as he was the head coach of the team when it made an incredible run into the Fourth Round of the competition after defeating USL's Wilmington 4-1 in regulation and MLS side Portland Timbers 1-0 in added time.

6 Lights FC players on the team roster won't be able to participate in this tournament as they are "Cup-Tied" to other squads they played for in qualifying rounds: Kevin Garcia Lopez, Gabe Robinson, Cristhian Hernandez, Bryan de la Fuente, Eric Gonzalezand Irvin Parra.


Kids ages 5-12 are welcome to join Lights FC players on the pitch on Tuesday, May 14 and be a part of the "As Easy As ABC Soccer Clinic" presented by ABC Hyundai. Members of Lights FC's roster will put the kids through different drills from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Those interested in participating must have a ticket to the US Open Cup match to take place that night at 7:30 p.m. between Las Vegas Lights FC and Cal FC. Check-in will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Zappos Gate .

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Santiago Echavarria of Las Vegas Lights FC
Santiago Echavarria of Las Vegas Lights FC

Las Vegas Lights FC in action
Las Vegas Lights FC in action


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