Playing in their 2019 home opener, T2 play host to Las Vegas Lights FC at Merlo Field on Saturday, March 23. Beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific), the game will be stream lived on ESPN+.
Last match recap
Playing their second consecutive match on the road, T2 (1-0-1, 4pts) picked up their first win of the 2019 USL Championship campaign, defeating San Antonio FC 3-1 at Toyota Field on March 16. Midfielder Marvin Loría tallied his first career brace, while midfielder Todd Wharton scored his first goal for T2 in the win. Additionally, midfielder Eryk Williamson recorded his second assist of 2019, while forward Foster Langsdorf tallied his first assist of the season.
T2 at home in 2018
In 17 home games in 2018, T2 held a 9-8-0 record. Portland was 6-3-0 in nine games played at Providence Park and 3-5-0 in eight matches at Merlo Field. T2 held a 12-6-1 record while wearing their primary jersey last season. Portland scored 35 goals in home games, which ranked tied for fourth in the league in 2018. Additionally, Langsdorf scored 11 of his 14 goals last season in home matches.
In two starts in 2019, Williamson ranks tied for second in the USL Championship in assists (2) and tied for third in chances created (7). Loría’s two goals scored lead the team and rank tied for sixth in the league. Midfielder Renzo Zambrano’s six tackles lead the team and rank tied for fourth in the league.
Portland against Las Vegas Lights FC
In two all-time matches against Las Vegas Lights FC (0-1-1, 1pt), the series is tied 1-1-0. In the last meeting between the two clubs, T2 earned a 2-1 road victory over Las Vegas at Cashman Field on Sept. 16, 2018, with Zambrano scoring the game-winning goal. The match on Saturday marks the first of two regular-season matches between the two clubs in 2019, as they’ll face each other again at Cashman Field on Saturday, Aug. 24.
T2 2019 Team Leaders
Goals: Marvin Loría (2)
Assists: Eryk Williamson (2)
Chances Created: Eryk Williamson (7)
Shutouts: N/A (0)
Saves: Jake Leeker (5)
Scouting Las Vegas Lights FC
Las Vegas Lights FC (0-1-1, 1pts) enter Saturday’s match following a 2-1 loss against OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium in their second match of the 2019 USL Championship season on Saturday, March 16. Las Vegas scored its first goal of the 2019 campaign off of a set piece, when defender Javan Torre scored in the 58th minute. The team currently ranks 13th in the USL Championship’s Western Conference standings.
Las Vegas Head Coach: Eric Wynalda
Las Vegas Lights FC 2019 Team Leaders
Goals: Javan Torre (1)
Assists: Pablo Cruz (1)
Chances Created: Pablo Cruz, Christian Hernandez (4)
Shutouts: Thomas Olsen (1)
Saves: Thomas Olsen (7)