New USL teams Las Vegas and Nashville SC open preseason with sell-out crowds

First-year USL teams Las Vegas and Nashville SC played their first home game and drew sell-out crowds of 10,387 and 9,059, respectively.

In the first of three matches against MLS teams, the Las Vegas Lights filled Cashman Field, delaying the start of the game so fans could get into the stadium.



Coached by Mexican Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, Las Vegas lost to the Montreal Impact, 2-0. Both goals followed mistakes by colorful goalkeeper Ricardo Ferrino, who was red carded three minutes after scoring an own goal by hitting a ball off one of his own defenders.

In Nashville, where MLS recently awarded it an expansion team, rains didn't stop a full house from turning out at First Tennessee Park. Nashville SC, which has only been training for less than two weeks, lost to Atlanta FC, 3-1.

Ropapa Mensah, a 20-year-old Ghanaian, scored the first goal for Nashville SC, lobbing Atlanta goalkeeper Alec Kann in the 64th minute.

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