San Diego Loyal SC will look to build on victory last time out as it plays host to Las Vegas Lights FC at Torero Stadium. | Photo courtesy Ben Nichols / San Diego Loyal SC
Week 15 of the USL Championship regular season wraps up on Sunday afternoon on the West Coast as San Diego Loyal SC hosts a 619 Day clash against Las Vegas Lights FC looking to solidify its position in the playoff places at Torero Stadium.
Here’s a look ahead at the action.
Venue: Torero Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
538.com Predictor: SD 64%, LV 15%, Draw 21%
The Lowdown: San Diego Loyal SC and Las Vegas Lights FC will try to build on impressive home victories last time out as they square off for the first time this season. SD Loyal broke a four-game winless streak last Saturday night as it took a 3-0 victory against Hartford Athletic to kick off a four-game homestand through the end of the month as Charlie Adams and Thomas Amang each scored in the first half for the side. Amang has now scored three goals in the past two games to reach five goals this season, second to former Northern Ireland international Kyle Vassell, who sits tied for second in the league with eight tallies this campaign. Las Vegas also delivered a return to form at Cashman Field last Saturday with a 3-0 win against defending title holder Orange County SC that saw Danny Trejo and Cal Jennings each find the net. Trejo’s goal was his seventh of the season, while Jennings has four goals this campaign, and that duo combined with midfielder Danny Crisostomo could challenge the SD Loyal back line. The visitors will be without a pair of young standouts with defender Tony Leone and midfielder Christian Torres both selected to the Mexico squad for the Concacaf U-20 Championship that opens on Saturday in Honduras, but the side could see the return of winger Roberto Molina, who saw action for El Salvador on Tuesday night in a 1-1 draw against the United States in the Concacaf Nations League to clinch a place at the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.
San Diego Loyal SC – Tumi Moshobane: The attacking playmaker has moved into a tie for second place in the league with five assists to go with a pair of goals this season and scored twice when these sides last met in the 2021 season.
Las Vegas Lights FC – Danny Trejo: Tied for fourth in the Championship with seven goals, Trejo has been one of the most influential players in the league this season with his +5.07 Goals Added mark the highest in the league.