July 23, 2020 (Las Vegas, NV) — Las Vegas Lights FC’s new manager Frank Yallop is putting his stamp on the club by signing the return of Lights FC's second all-time leading goal scorer Raul Mendiola for the 2020 season.
Fans will remember Raúl Mendiola from the 2018 inaugural season when the 26-year old former Los Angeles Galaxy player signed mid-way through the season and still led the club in scoring with 10 goals. Mendiola joins the team immediately and is eligible for this weekend's match.
“Obviously Raul is a great player who the fans here know well. I am excited he’s agreed to join us this season,” said Lights FC Head Coach Frank Yallop. “This is obviously a unique season and we are excited to add further depth to the roster today.”
Born in Mexico but raised in Southern California, Mendiola signed a Homegrown Player contract with Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy where he stayed for four seasons before signing with Lights FC in 2018. Mendiola has also played for Reno 1868 FC and San Diego Loyal SC, both of whom he’ll face in his first two games back in a Lights FC uniform.
Specifically, after a four-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lights FC returns to play this Saturday at San Diego Loyal SC (TV: ESPN+, 7p PT kickoff) before returning to Cashman Field for their home opener on Saturday, August 1st versus in-state rival Reno (TV: ESPN+, 7:30p kickoff).
The Lights also announced today that Santiago Echeverria is no longer a member of the roster effective immediately in order to comply with the United Soccer League's roster regulations.
Lights FC's roster is shaping up nicely ahead of its revised 2020 season schedule. The Club will continue updating pertinent information regarding game schedules, fans in attendance, and Health & Safety protocols. For more information, please visit LightsFC.com or call 702-728-4625.