For the second year in a row, Las Vegas Lights FC will test their players against the best opposition by hosting a pair of MLS opponents for preseason matches in the second annual installment of “Soccer Spring Training.”
Toronto FC (February 2nd) and Colorado Rapids (February 16th) will visit Downtown Las Vegas with games that will have a special start time of 2pm. These matchups will mark new Lights FC’s head coach Eric Wynalda’s debut in front of the loyal Las Vegas fanbase.
“Season two can’t start soon enough. We are ecstatic to bring more MLS Clubs to Cashman Field. We proved last year we can be a big time soccer market -- and now with Cashman Field being a soccer-only venue and U.S. soccer superstar Eric Wynalda as our new coach we are ready to rock n’ roll,” said Lights FC Owner & C.E.O. Brett Lashbrook. “Our continued thanks to Mayor Goodman for believing in Lights FC’s continual quest to become the next great American soccer success story.”
First on tap is Toronto FC on Saturday February 2, 2019. Winners of the MLS Cup in 2017 and runners-up in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League, the Canadian side is highlighted by two players who represented the U.S. Men’s National Team (“USMNT”) in the 2010 & 2014 FIFA World Cups: midfielder Michael Bradley and striker Jozy Altidore.
Also, in their roster Toronto FC features Sebastian Giovinco, former Juventus and Italy National team member. He is the winner of the 2015 MLS MVP award and was nominated for it again in the 2017 season.
Two weeks later, Colorado Rapids FC’s team headlined by iconic USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard will be at Cashman Field to face off with Lights FC on Saturday February 16, 2019. Howard represented the stars & stripes in three FIFA World Cups and played 13 seasons in the English Premier League with Manchester United and Everton.
Soccer Spring Training will feature multiple American soccer stars across multiple generations. Only 13 players have more than 105 appearances with the US Men’s National team, with 4 of them being scheduled to be at Cashman Field during Soccer Spring Training: Lights manager Eric Wynalda (106), Toronto striker Jozy Altidore (110), Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard (121) & Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley (142).
Tickets for both matches are included in Season Ticket packages that start at just $200 for all 2019 Lights FC home matches (Soccer Spring Training, USL Championship regular season, U.S. Soccer Open Cup & any additional exhibition matches featuring Lights FC at Cashman Field). Individual game tickets for Soccer Spring Training games are now on sale starting at just $15 at LightsFC.com/SpringTraining.