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By Lights FC Communications, 08/11/20, 1:45PM PDT


Current Minnesota United Player Was Selected in First Round of 2020 Draft & Becomes 11th Player in Club History to Play for Both Lights FC & Their National Team

August 11, 2020 (Las Vegas, NV) -- Las Vegas Lights FC announced that New Zealand Men’s National Team player Noah Billingsley joins the roster on loan from Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United.  Billingsley, a defender, is expected to play immediately upon receiving his work visa in the coming weeks and per the terms of the loan agreement may be recalled by Major League Soccer at any time.

Only 22 years old, Billingsley has appeared three times for the New Zealand National Team and represented his country during the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.  He is no stranger to living in America having attended college soccer powerhouse UC-Santa Barbara where he won multiple conference and national awards before being selected in the first round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

“I’m excited to have Noah join the roster,” said Lights FC Head Coach Frank Yallop.  “He is a strong addition to our current roster and will help further reinforce our backline during his time with us.”

Billingsley becomes the 11th all-time Lights FC player to accomplish every soccer player’s dream of representing their national team in international competitions, joining current Lights FC players Junior Burgos (El Salvador), Seku Conneh (Liberia) and Yamikani Chester (Malawi).  Other national teams represented on previous Lights FC rosters include the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, El Salvador, Panama & Guatemala. 

DATE CHANGE -- AT LOS ANGELES GALAXY II MATCH MOVED BACK ONE DAY:  It was also announced that Lights FC’s originally scheduled match at Los Angeles Galaxy II for Saturday, August 29th has been moved back to the following day.  The match will now kick-off on Sunday, August 30th at 2 pm.