The Las Vegas Lights moved quickly to rebuild after a poor first season in the USL with the appointment of former of U.S. international Eric Wynalda
as their new head coach and technical
Wynalda coached Cal FC on its run to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals in 2012 and served as technical director for NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks in 2013 when they won the NASL
spring championship. In 2017, he coached the LA Wolves to a UPSL title.
"To have the chance to come back and build something in the city I love is truly a unique opportunity," said
Wynalda, who ran for U.S. Soccer president in 2018. After his unsuccessful run, he did not return to Fox Sports, where he worked as analyst for 11 years.
Wynalda represented the USA at
three World Cups (1990-98) and was named to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004. He grew up in Westlake Village, California, but lived in Las Vegas for seven years following his retirement as a
The Lights drew a lot of attention for their off-field promotions but they finished with a 8-19-7 record in 2018. Jose Luis Sanchez Sola
, better known as
Chelis, began the season as head coach and technical director. He later handed the head coaching duties to his son, Isidro
, but left as technical late in the season. The former Chivas USA head
coach was twice suspended in 2018 -- four games for "referee abuse" and eight games for an incident with a fan after a game at Phoenix.