A DE-LIGHT-FUL CINCO DE MAYO SOCCER MATCH AT CASHMAN FIELD

FINAL SCORE LAS VEGAS LIGHTS 1

TULSA ROUGHNECKS 1

Greetings sports fans and welcome to Sunday morning sports. Last night was a real corker out at Cashman Field as the Las Vegas Lights FC took on the Roughnecks of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Is it somehow wrong that I keep wanting to write Rednecks instead of Roughnecks? Talk about your Freudian slips. I saw my own front yard on the cover of a Jeff Foxworthy book once so I’m not about to start throwing stones at anyone. It said I might be a redneck on the cover of that book.

(Please direct all Tulsa Roughnecks, and redneck related hate-mail to, m.sattore@vegasvalleynews.com) Thanks :c)

So…, anyway.

Last night was, of course, Cinco De Mayo a Mexican holiday that celebrates Mexico’s defeat of France in a severely lopsided battle which pitted 8000 well equipped French soldiers against 4000 poorly equipped Mexican soldiers.

Although the holiday is largely ignored in Mexico, What originally began in the gold fields of Civil War California in 1863 has since been lovingly embraced by the United Staes and is more symbolic of Mexican-U.S. relations as it is widely held that, had France defeated the Mexican army at the battle of Puebla, the French army would have then marched north across the border and leant its aid to the Confederacy and things might have turned out quite differently indeed and we would all be speaking Yallbonics, a form of southern fried English that I  made up just now for my own purposes.

(Please direct all Tulsa Roughnecks, redneck, and Confederacy related hate-mail to, m.sattore@vegasvalleynews.com) Thanks :c)

You just have to love the poetic license. I know I do.

Last night was most assuredly a blast and the Mexican-American cultural bonds between our two countries were very much in evidence as the Light’s came out to play dressed in the garb of Mexican peasants from back in the old days.

Apparently. Colin Kaepernick was unable to attend last night’s game and so all were standing as a local artist sang, The Star Spangled Banner to a crowd of 7777. And quite beautifully  I might add.

(Please direct all Tulsa Roughnecks, redneck, Confederacy, and Colin Kaepernick related hate-mail to, m.sattore@vegasvalleynews.com) Thanks :c)

Unfortunately, due to my health being at a low ebb due to a battle with kidney cancer last October, (which I won incidentally) I have been unable to attend the last 3 matches but although I was expecting a sold-out crowd again last night those who did attend were more than boisterous enough for those who could not make it for whatever reasons.

It was good to see everyone smiling, laughing, children playing in the outfield family areas, and a good time was had by all from my own vantage point high above it all in the press box. I didn’t stay there for the entire match however I roamed about the stadium and took it all in.

Recently, the Lights inaugural season has been vastly overshadowed by the success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights NHL Stanley Cup playoff run in their own inaugural season as they face the San Jose Sharks today for game 6 in Round 2. The Golden Knights are up on the Sharks 3-2.

Thanks for the use of the photo, Nick Cotsonika, and the LV Golden Knights.aknights1.jpg

By the way, have I mentioned the Las Vegas Lights FC’s next home game yet?

Certainly, it cannot be said by anyone that the Golden Knights do not deserve their props and a great deal of respect for the way they bounced back from the brink of a playoff season spent in front of a television screen watching another team playing in their stead and instead reaching the brink of the West Finals. The Knights now stand within what is not an unreachable distance from hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy in Las Vegas for the first time in history. Go Knights GO!

That looked a lot smaller in rehearsal. Oh well, hoorah for Freedom of the press! Go Knights Go!

They won’t let Vegas Valley News cover their games because apparently, the team decides who gets to attend their games as far as members of the media are concerned and they only seem to want national media outlets at their games so we have to stay at home and watch them on TV because we are only a local outlet.

I was allowed, and kind of but not really instructed to rant about that situation but I am far too much of a gentleman to say something like perhaps they all must have a hockey stick stuck up their collective bums. Or that, given the fact that this IS Las Vegas, I can choose from 20 other events that are just as exciting if not then as violent on any given day. Make that 50 on weekends.

For the record, I would like to make it clear that hockey without violence is called curling. Which is right up there with watching the Competitive Grass Growing Championships in my estimation.

(Please direct all Tulsa Roughnecks, redneck, Confederacy, Colin Kaepernick, Curling and Pro Grass Growing related hate-mail to, m.sattore@vegasvalleynews.com) Thanks :c)

Sour grapes are for losers and they taste like Shit-aki mushrooms. But I digress.

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The halftime hijinks were top shelf and a lot of fun. The support section was in fine form and the drums were beating to beat the mariachi band that played as well. One small boy beat two wrestlers and scored a goal on them which was hilarious. Especially when the sprinklers came on over to one side of the infield goal.

What was even funnier still was when just after resuming regulation play the game had to be delayed on account of further ground-based precipitation from the sprinkler system which came on in the middle of the pitch sending players scrambling for drier pastures.

The Light’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 14:56 minutes played when a pass from #21 Matt Thomas to #7 Carlos Alvarez,  found the back of the Tulsa Roughneck’s net scoring Alvarez his third goal of the season.

#11, Joaquin Rivas of Tulsa, would come back at 43:40 to score the tying and final goal of the evening.

Defender and captain Joel Huiqui,  who was issued his fifth yellow card of the season and whom must now serve a mandatory 1-match suspension in the club’s next outing.

Matt Thomas was issued a red card in the 72nd minute while attempting to regain possession forced the team to go 10-on-11 for more than 20 minutes to close the night.

Coach stated at the post-game press conference, “We have a big debt to the fans, and I spoke hard with my players in the beginning, at halftime and with (Technical Director) Chelís just right now,” Head Coach Isidro Sánchez said. “Today, we had it, we smelled it and we dropped it – the opportunity.

“Today was the clearest example that we have to take these opportunities.”

Coach also seemed to indicate that the team needs to and is going to start playing more aggressively in the immediate future. Woohoo! Soccer without violence is called Foosball. Since I am a long-standing Foosball Champion circa 1977 and up, please keep your Foosball related hate-mail to yourself.

 

Colin Kaepernick photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49’ers and the NFL.

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