LIGHT IT UP: LV Lights holds final practice before first game


The Las Vegas Lights Football Club will take the field for its very first preseason match against Major League Soccer's (MLS) Montreal Impact at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

After months of preparation, the United Soccer League team held it's final practice before the match on a newly transformed Cashman Field Friday morning.

Banners with the hashtag #VivaLights surround the soccer field.

Cashman Center employees are busy setting up concessions stands and preparing the stadium.

Coach José Luis Sánchez Solá, "El Chelis" ran drills with the team on the field while the owner, Brett Lashbrook was busy making sure all the loose strings were put in place for Saturday's inaugural game.

There's been a lot of excitement surrounding the latest addition to the Las Vegas pro sports boom.

Nearly 800 fans showed up at the Zappos campus in Downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday for the LV Lights jersey reveal.

The very bright home jerseys stayed true to the "Lights" name.

The Lights have been very busy. They started practicing in January following the December combine. The team that's heavy with rookie talent will take on three MLS teams during the preseason before diving into the regular season.

The players are ready to win.

News 3 spoke with goalkeeper Angel Alvarez, who used to get his cleats dirty down the street from Cashman while playing soccer at Rancho High school.

"Growing up, my dream was to become a professional soccer player and the last place I expected to become one was here in Las Vegas because of what you just said. We didn't have a professional soccer team. I feel like there are so many talented guys out there that had the same dreams as me or still have them and now this is a great opportunity for all of us," said Alvarez.

Ottowa native, Zak Drake also spoke with News 3. The defender says he's impressed by the inaugural season of the NHL expansion team the Vegas Golden Knights.

He's hoping the Lights can also pull off a good first season. Drake also says he and his teammates, have been doing their best to stay focused.

It is Las Vegas after all and those new to the city are tempted to do more than play on the field.

"There's a lot of different people and things trying to bid for our attention and we just have to stay focused on our goal which is you know performing at our best and preparing for the season and hopefully we can do as well as the Golden Knights," said Drake.

The team is expecting more than 8,000 fans to be in attendance for Saturday's game.

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