Nov. 30, 2020 (Las Vegas, NV) -- Las Vegas Lights FC begins the building of its 2021 United Soccer League season roster with today’s announcement that the Club has exercised its option to extend the contract for homegrown player Blake Frischknecht. After making his professional debut this season, Frischknecht made an immediate impact scoring three goals (tied for second on the team) and three assists (most on team) in his return from major knee surgery less than one year ago.
When Las Vegas Lights FC launched in 2018 it announced the “Lights FC Homegrown Player Program” presented by Nevada State College. This initiative set forth a firm commitment by Lights FC to become the first professional sports team to guarantee that at all times in its future history it would always have at least one player on its roster that was either born in Las Vegas, raised in Las Vegas and/or went to college in Las Vegas before their professional career began. With today’s announcement, this commitment to investing in local players continues. The Club will continue exploring the potential signing of additional local players for the 2021 season in the months ahead.
Frischknecht, 25 years old, starred at Centennial High School where he was named first-team All-State, All-Sunset Region and All-Northwest Division. He initially attended college at Brigham Young University before taking a two-year hiatus to complete a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Upon returning to the States he joined the NCAA Division One soccer program at Utah Valley University where he thrived setting numerous school & conference goal scoring records and was named the WAC Offensive Player of Year.
Lights FC remains engaged in contract talks with several additional players on the 2020 roster to return for the 2021 season. Additional player roster transactions will be announced throughout the months ahead.
LIGHTS FC HOME GROWN PLAYER PROGRAM: The Lights FC Home Grown Player Initiative is proudly presented by Nevada State College. Located on more than 500 acres in Henderson, Nevada State College was founded in 2002 and is one of the fastest growing educational institutions from a percentage basis not just in Nevada (but the entire country). With over 3,000 undergraduate students representing our diverse community, Nevada State College is a proud partner of Lights FC. Be Bold. Be Great. Be STATE!