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Lights FC 2018 Roster


#1 - RICARDO FERRIÑO - GOALKEEPER

BORN: August 6, 1991 ...  HOMETOWN: Torreon, Mexico … PREVIOUS CLUB: Venados FC (Ascenso MX) … A flashy and aggressive goalkeeper who always keeps opponents on their toes … Was developed in the Puebla FC youth academy … Was a member of the Mexican U-20 National Team in 2010 … Has played in Ascenso MX for Venados FC and Murcielagos FC.


#2 - CARTER MANLEY - DEFENDER

BORN: April 29, 1996… HOMETOWN:  Elkridge, Maryland ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Minnesota United (MLS) … An attack-minded defender, Manley can be effective over the entire length of the pitch … A first round selection of Minnesota United FC in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, making seven appearances and four starts in 2018 ... Was a 3-year starter at Duke University.


#3 - JOEL HUIQUI - DEFENDER

BORN: February 18, 1983 … HOMETOWN: Los Mochis, Mexico ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Potros UAEM (Ascenso MX) … A veteran leader, Huiqui is a defender with tremendous size, strength and athleticism … Earned call-ups to the Mexican National Team from three different coaches, and has 14 career caps for Mexico … Played in Liga MX for Cruz Azul (2004-10) and Monarcas Morelia (2011-15).


#4 - RODRIGO IÑIGO - DEFENDER

BORN: August 29, 1985 … HOMETOWN: Mexico City, Mexico ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Venados FC (Ascenso MX) … A defender with great size and experience, brings great versatility to the back line … Came up in the famed Club America Academy … Signed by Club America (Liga MX) in 2006, was with the club through 2014.


#7 - CARLOS ALVAREZ - MIDFIELDER

BORN: November 12, 1990 … HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Orange County SC (USL) … A versatile midfielder, Alvarez will bring both scoring and ball control prowess to the club’s offensive attack … After starring at UConn, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft … Played at MLS level for Chivas USA (2013-14) and Colorado Rapids (2014-15).


#8 - OMAR SALGADO - FORWARD

BORN: September 10, 1993 … HOMETOWN: El Paso, Texas ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Tigres UANL (Liga MX) … A tall, strong striker, will add a booming presence to the front of the attack … Was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft … signed with Liga MX giant Chivas at age 15 … Represented the U.S. Men’s National Team at the U-17, U-18, U-20 and U-23 levels.


#9 - SAMMY OCHOA - FORWARD

BORN: September 4, 1986 … HOMETOWN: Morelia, Mexico ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Sacramento Republic FC (USL) … A strong forward, Ochoa brings the ability to both hold the ball and score goals in bunches … Played for U.S. U-20 and U-23 Men’s National Teams … Played in MLS with Seattle Sounders FC (2011-13) … Entered 2018 with 28 USL goals scored over the last three seasons.


#11 - FREDDY ADU - MIDFIELDER

BORN: June 2, 1989 … HOMETOWN: Potomac, Maryland ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) … The popular Adu brings fresh energy and immense skill to the midfield … At age 14, was the No. 1 pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft … Has 17 career caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team … Played in MLS for D.C. United (2004-06), Real Salt Lake (2007) and Philadelphia Union (2011-13).


#12 - ERIC AVILA - MIDFIELDER 

BORN: November 24, 1987 … HOMETOWN: San Diego, California ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Phoenix Rising FC (USL) … Avila is known for controlling the right side of the attack with speed and skill … An NCAA champion at UC Santa Barbara, then played in MLS from 2008-14 for FC Dallas, Toronto FC, Chivas USA and Orlando City … Played for the United States U-17 and U-20 Men’s National Teams.


#13 - JUAN HERRERA-PERLA - DEFENDER

BORN: October 31, 1994 … HOMETOWN: San Miguel, El Salvador ... PREVIOUS CLUB: 2018 PRO DEBUT … The skilled Herrera-Perla will earn value experience defending the perimeters … Moved to Dallas, Texas, from El Salvador at age 5, and spent most of his youth career in Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas youth academy … trained during recent seasons with FC Dallas’s first team.


#14 - ALEX MENDOZA - MIDFIELDER

BORN: September 16, 1990 … HOMETOWN: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Harrisburg Heat (MASL) … A versatile midfielder, Mendoza brings high-level pro experience from Mexico and the U.S. to the mix … Played with Pumas of Liga MX for four years after graduating high school, including time in the first division … Signed with MLS club Philadelphia Union in 2013.


#17 - JUAN CARLOS GARCIA - FORWARD

BORN: March 13, 1985 … HOMETOWN: Puebla, Mexico ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Venados FC (Ascenso MX) … A veteran forward with great size, has tons of experience with Chelís and the Lights FC staff, making him a coach-type on the pitch … First played for Chelís at the beginning of his professional career with Puebla FC of Liga MX (2006-10).


#21 - MATT THOMAS - MIDFIELDER

BORN: December 11, 1995 … HOMETOWN: Las Vegas, Nevada ... PREVIOUS CLUB: 2018 PRO DEBUT … Las Vegas born-and-raised, Thomas brings tremendous speed and athleticism to the perimeter of the attack … Spent time during youth career with MLS club Real Salt Lake as a member of its prestigious academy residency program … Graduated from Palo Verde High School.


#22 - ANGEL ALVAREZ - GOALKEEPER

BORN: November 16, 1997 … HOMETOWN: Las Vegas, Nevada ... PREVIOUS CLUB: 2018 PRO DEBUT … Las Vegas born-and-raised, Alvarez brings an aggressive style with him in the box … Graduated from Rancho High School, just a mile from Cashman Field … Named All-Southeast League and Goalkeeper of the Year by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a senior in 2015.


#23 - CHRISTIAN TORRES - DEFENDER

BORN: October 23, 1996 … HOMETOWN: Tulancingo de Bravo, Mexico ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Dorados Sinaloa (Ascenso MX) … A physical, aggressive player who can play multiple positions on the back line and in the midfield … Saw a rapid rise with Xolos Tijuana of Liga MX, moving from the U-17 club to the 1st division club … Logged more than 1,000 minutes in 2017 for Dorados Sinaloa.


#25 - RAFAEL GARCIA - MIDFIELDER

BORN: December 19, 1988 … HOMETOWN: Granada Hills, California ... PREVIOUS CLUB: LA Galaxy (MLS) … A holding midfielder, Garcia adds depth and skill to the club’s rotation as a midseason signee … Garcia was with Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy for 5 seasons (2012-17) … Helped LA Galaxy to MLS Cup titles in 2012 & 2014 … Played collegiately at Cal State-Northridge.


#29 - JOSEPH PATRICK PEREZ - DEFENDER

BORN: June 9, 1997 … HOMETOWN: Anaheim, California ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Puebla FC (Liga MX) …  A dynamic defender, Perez brings an aggressive mindset to the back line … Signed with Puebla FC of Liga MX right out of high school … Spent the past three seasons with Puebla’s U-20 club, where he caught the eye of Puebla native and current Lights FC Head Coach Isidro Sánchez.


#30 - THOMAS OLSEN - GOALKEEPER

BORN: February 14, 1995 … PREVIOUS CLUB: Colorado Rapids (MLS) … Las Vegas born-and-rasied, brings size and athleticism to his post, along with a strong amateur background … Graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, starred at University of San Diego ... After earning All West-Coast Conference honors three times at USD, was a third round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. 


#33 - MIGUEL ANGEL GARDUÑO - DEFENDER

BORN: April 26, 1991 … HOMETOWN: Mexico City, Mexico ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Venados FC (Ascenso MX) … A big, imposing figure on the back line, Garduño specializes in winning 1 vs. 1 competitions for the ball … Began pro career in 2008 with Pumas of Liga MX … Overcame injury early in his career to excel for several clubs in Mexico, including Dorados Sinaloa and Venados FC.


#40 - RAUL MENDIOLA - MIDFIELDER

BORN: May 18, 1994 … HOMETOWN: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico ... PREVIOUS CLUB: LA Galaxy (MLS) … A quick and highly-skilled midfielder, Mendiola fits right into an attacking-style system … Signed with LA Galaxy in 2014 after joining the club’s academy in 2011 … Made 13 appearances in MLS with LA Galaxy, and scored six goals in 39 matches in USL with Galaxy II.


#44 - DAIGO KOBAYASHI - MIDFIELDER

BORN: February 19, 1983 … HOMETOWN: Fuji, Japan ... PREVIOUS CLUB: New England Revolution (MLS) … Presents a controlling, veteran presence in the center of the attack … Came to MLS in 2013, making 124 appearances through 2017 with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and New England Revolution … Has experience with the U-20 and senior Japanese National Teams.


#58 - DANIEL GUZMÁN JR. - FORWARD

BORN: June 28, 1992 … HOMETOWN: Guadalajara, Mexico ... PREVIOUS CLUB: Suchitepéquez (Liga Nacional – Guatemala) … A big-time striker, Guzmán brings a strong pedigree to the front of the attack … Son of long-time Liga MX player and coach Daniel Guzmán … Signed with Santos Laguna of Liga MX in 2008 … Scored 10 goals in 17 appearances with Suchitepéquez  in 2017.

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