Goals were difficult to achieve for Lights FC.
The team’s drought reached its lowest point before a 1-1 draw with Orange County SC on Saturday.
The Lights hadn’t scored a goal since April 20th. That all changed when Irvin Raul Parra scored the team’s first goal in their last four games.
Parra, the team’s top scorer with eight goals, has been banned for his reaction to that goal and his actions on Instagram, according to coach Eric Wynalda.
The suspension comes at a time when the lights are in 14th place and will face the Western Conference Chairman, New Mexico United, at Cashman Field on Saturday. The Lights have scored 13 goals at home and five on the road.
The team blames missed opportunities, a lack of patience, bad luck, higher sales, and player transfers to Las Vegas for the drought. But the bottom line is that the team is in trouble.
“Internal, external, and I don’t make excuses for the guys, but the focus wasn’t there,” said Wynalda. “And if you want to call it uncertainty, it was just one of those scenarios where we don’t play free and our heads are not free and because we conceded so many goals it totally went down.
“We went from the team that scored more shots than anyone and conceded fewer goals than anyone else to the most goals conceded rather than scoring.”
Former major league footballer Sammy Ochoa said he thinks the drought will end soon.
“Every team is experiencing this little drought,” he said. “We are confident that the goals will be scored in the next game.”
Goalkeeper Thomas Olsen, a product by Bishop Gorman, saw it from a different perspective and said the drought was a “mixture of things”.
“I think we were a little unlucky in some games,” he said. “This league is not easy to score and I think a lot of the goals you see in the league are not necessarily the nicest goals but tougher goals.
“People underestimate this league.”
Assistant coach Auggie Rodriguez said the Las Vegas lifestyle might reach out to some of the players. But he said it could also have been the extra weekday games in the US Open Cup where the lights went 1-1 and scored five goals.
“Playing three games in a week just wears your body down and a lot of the guys were just tired and the weather is changing,” said Rodriguez. “There are a lot of fish that many people don’t think of.
“We’re all quarterbacks on Monday. If you’ve thought of it, we probably thought about it too, but there’s a reason it wasn’t. “
Wynalda is hoping someone else will be suspended with Parra.
“Jose Villareal has trained well and is looking good,” he said, “and Santiago Echavarria has been patient. The child can score goals and will get his chance. “
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Jonathan Eskin reports on the lights of the Las Vegas Review Journal. He can be reached at [email protected]