Ten months later, the Lights on Saturday became the first local professional sports team to compete in Las Vegas since the onset of a global pandemic.
On Saturday the Lights look for the first win of their 2020 campaign and first franchise win over in-state rival Reno 1868 FC.
After a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Lights FC continued its third United Soccer League Championship season Saturday losing 2-1 to the San Diego Loyal SC.
When the Lights step on the field Saturday night, they will not only continue their season but lead the charge for the return of Las Vegas professional team sports.
Interim coach Frank Yallop, who took over for Eric Wynalda, is preparing the Lights for the resumption of the USL season. They will resume play July 25 at San Diego Loyal SC.
The Lights FC of the United Soccer League will allow “fans” into Cashman Field for the 2020 restart as oversized cutouts.
Las Vegas’ pursuit of a Major League Soccer franchise continues despite COVID-19.
Team owner Brett Lashbrook introduced a new manager in Frank Yallop on Monday, a fourth person who will hold the title in the team’s three years of existence.
The Lights FC hired a new coach Monday, but only for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Former Lights FC coach Eric Wynalda hinted who his successor might be on Twitter.
The Lights will play most of their games against Los Angeles Galaxy II, Orange County SC, San Diego Loyal SC and Phoenix Rising FC when their season resumes.
The United Soccer League Championship will allow full-team contact training beginning Wednesday, but the Lights FC is uncertain whether it will dive in right away.
The Lights FC are one step closer to stepping on the field, though the team still needs to hire a coach first.
Lights FC coach Eric Wynalda was fired for a rules violation and not because of financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, owner Brett Lashbrook said.