Las Vegas Legends

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Las Vegas Legends
Las Vegas Legends logo.jpg
Las Vegas Legends Logo
Founded2012
StadiumPeter Johann Memorial Field
President/
General Manager
Meir Cohen
Head coachJuan Carlos García
LeagueNational Premier Soccer League
2015–16MASL, 1st, Southwest Division
Playoffs: Conference final
WebsiteClub website

The Las Vegas Legends are an American soccer team based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were founded in 2012 as an indoor soccer team as a member of the Major Arena Soccer League.[1] During their time in the MASL, the Legends split their home games between the Orleans Arena and the Las Vegas Sports Park. The team is owned by Meir Cohen.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] The team included a mix of local, regional, and international players.[1][9][10][11][12] The team did not return after the 2015–16 season.

On September 5, 2019, it was announced that the club would return to competitive play in 2020 as a member of the National Premier Soccer League.[13]

Roster and staff[edit]

Team roster[edit]

As of February 29, 2016[14]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 Japan GK Manabu Kaji
2 United States FW Anthony Riga
3 United States DF David Powers [15]
4 United States DF Arturo Alanis
5 United States DF Juan Gonzalez
6 Peru MF Jonathan Bravo
7 United States DF Eric Guzman
8 Mexico MF Cesar Cerda
9 United States FW Nestor Hernandez
10 Colombia MF Alex Caceres
12 United States DF Felipe Gonzalez
No. Position Player
13 Guatemala MF Luis Suarez
14 United States MF Aldo Flores
16 United States FW Ivan Simental
17 United States FW Juan Ruiz
19 Mexico DF Alejandro Morales
21 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Boris Gujic
22 United States DF Jackson Collins
23 United States FW Robert Garcia
24 United States FW Ivan Campos
63 Mexico MF Hiram "Pollo" Ruiz
99 United States GK Hector Casillas

Staff[edit]

  • Israel Meir Cohen - Owner / President
  • Republic of Ireland Peter Sharkey - Assistant Coach

Year-by-year[edit]

League Champions Runners-Up Division Champions* Playoff Berth
Year League Reg. Season GF GA Finish Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2012–13 PASL 13-3 174 81 1st, Southwest Western Conference Finals 1,165
2013–14 PASL 13-3 180 101 1st, Pacific Western Conference Finals 699
2014–15 MASL 13–7 171 109 3rd, Pacific Western Conference Finals 1,480
2015–16 MASL 14–6 141 106 1st, Southwest Western Conference Finals 501

Honors[edit]

Division Titles

  • 2012-13 PASL Southwest Division Champions
  • 2012-13 PASL Southwest Division Playoff Champions
  • 2013-14 PASL Pacific Division Champions
  • 2013-14 PASL Pacific Division Playoff Champions
  • 2014-15 MASL Pacific Division Playoff Champions
  • 2015-16 MASL Southwest Division Champions
  • 2015-16 MASL Southwest Division Playoff Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James, Michael (October 30, 2015). "Las Vegas Legends Set To Kick Off The New Season". Vegas Bright. Las Vegas, NV. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Espersen, Justine (June 26, 2012). "Las Vegas scores new professional sports team". The Guardian Express. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Maathuis, Chris (June 26, 2012). "Indoor Soccer Team Coming to Las Vegas". KLAS-TV. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  4. ^ DeFrank, Sean (July 12, 2012). "Creating a Killer Logo". Vegas Seven. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Kantowski, Ron (August 23, 2012). "Local expansion soccer team puts best feet forward". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Pratt, Timothy (August 30, 2012). "Hope on Turf". Vegas Seven. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Kelemen, Matt (October 26, 2012). "Ready to Score; Las Vegas Legends bring pro indoor soccer to the Orleans Arena". Las Vegas Magazine. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Kantowski, Ron (December 10, 2012). "Soccer in a greenhouse sees rise in popularity, too". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas, NV. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  9. ^ Brown, Jerry (December 31, 2012). "Two Las Vegas prep soccer standouts play for Legends". Las Vegas, NV: KSNV-TV. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  10. ^ Carp, Steve (December 3, 2013). "Las Vegas indoor soccer team scores and wins". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas, NV: Stephens Media. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  11. ^ Frisch, Rebecca (October 18, 2013). "Las Vegas Sports: Where to Catch a Winning Game". Virgin Atlantic. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  12. ^ Carp, Steve (March 17, 2015). "Legends promise to return in 2016". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas, NV: Stephens Media. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "Las Vegas Legends FC Joins the NPSL for the 2020 Season". NPSL. September 5, 2019. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  14. ^ Las Vegas Legends 2012-13 Roster
  15. ^ Snel, Alan (January 20, 2013). "Nevadan at Work: 'Professor' stresses goals on soccer field and life". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas, NV: Stephens Media. Retrieved January 23, 2013.

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