At his introductory press conference on Tuesday, Las Vegas Lights FC head coach José Luis Sanchez Solá – ‘Chelís’ – made clear his belief that there is professional-level soccer talent in Las Vegas, and he is determined to find it.
With 23 roster spots to fill, the chance to audition for Chelís and potentially become a member of his inaugural Lights FC squad will officially come on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, when the club will hold its official Lights FC Player Combine. The combine will take place in Las Vegas. The club will provide specific location closer to the event. Interested players must be between 17 and 35 years of age at the time of the combine, and also must pre-register to take part at LightsFC.com/Combine.
Registration for the event is $20 per player, paid upon arrival. All proceeds will be donated equally to the UNLV Soccer Foundation, Nevada Youth Soccer Association and Nevada Adult Soccer Association.
“For a spectacular city, you need spectacular soccer,” Chelís said. “I want to make sure that this team smells like Las Vegas. To do so we must have players that smell like Las Vegas. I want to smell as many local players as possible.
“I’m really looking for players, and hope that I can find several from Las Vegas. This is a great opportunity, and a very unique opportunity in professional soccer.”
Lights FC, the 33rd team in the USL, will begin preseason play at Cashman Field in February 2018, with a home schedule of 20-plus matches running through at least October 2018. While sharing Cashman Field during the inaugural season with the Las Vegas 51s, the stadium and playing surface will be converted to a fully natural grass playing turf to provide an intimate, authentic soccer environment for each home match.
Lights FC 2018 season tickets start at just $200, and each season ticket purchased includes a free Lights FC jersey. Secure your spot in line today by making a $20 season ticket deposit, and view all season ticket pricing by visiting www.lightsfc.com/tickets.