Earlier this week, the Las Vegas Lights FC announced José Luis Sanchez Solá, a.k.a. Chelís, as its first head coach. Described as “bold,” “brash” and “unapologetic” by the organization, Chelís is already making an impact with the community by making good on his promise to recruit local blood. Officially announced today, the Lights will host a Player Combine December 9–10 in hopes of securing some Las Vegans on the roster.
“For a spectacular city, you need spectacular soccer,” Chelís said in a press release statement. “I want to make sure that this team smells like Las Vegas. To do so we must have players that smell like Las Vegas. I want to smell as many local players as possible.”
The coach, who formerly held posts in Mexico and at a U.S. stop as head coach of MLS club Chivas USA in 2013, is staying true to his word of “teams should represent their communities.” To build a spectacular team, Chelís is interested in players who can execute a fast, attacking, high-scoring brand of soccer.
The combine will help fill the 23-man roster. Those interested must be between the ages of 17 and 35 at the time of the event, and must pre-register at lightsfc.com/combine. There is a $20 registration fee on arrival—the location will be announced closer to the event. All proceeds will be donated equally to the UNLV Soccer Foundation, Nevada Youth Soccer Association and Nevada Adult Soccer Association.
Preseason for the Lights begins in February 2018 at Cashman Field. Season tickets start at $200, and each season ticket purchased includes a free Lights FC jersey. For more information, visit lasvegaslightsfc.com.
Want to know more about Chelís’? Get acquainted with the Mexican native in his introduction video.