Council approves lease for professional soccer at Cashman Field

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Unique to the Sun Las Vegas Soccer LLC intends to bring a United Soccer League group to Cashman Field in 2018.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017|1:06 p.m.

. The Las Vegas City Council approved a lease arrangement this morning permitting a professional soccer group to dip into Cashman Field beginning in March 2018.

The lease was approved on a 7-0 vote.

If granted a growth team by the United Soccer League, Las Vegas would end up being the 33rd franchise in the league.

Las Vegas Pro Soccer LLC, headed by Brett Lashbrook, will pay an upfront charge of $50,000, and $6,000 per video game to play at Cashman Field, as well as covering all costs to change the field for soccer and back for baseball.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman has long desired a professional group in downtown Las Vegas, and lots of attempts at drawing in a Big league Soccer team to the city have failed.

“It looks like we are back in the hunt, and you are the most passionate and well-prepared individual,” Goodman informed Lashbrook. “We’ve been all set for it, and I know everyone on our group has been looking at it for three or 4 years.”

Lashbrook helped grow the Orlando City USL soccer group into an MLS franchise before pertaining to Las Vegas.

“The long-lasting vision is to maintain a professional existence at Cashman Field, and having the USL group here supplies a backstop as the 51s determine exactly what they will do in the future,” Councilman Ricki Barlow stated. “I couldn’t be more elated at the opportunity that was presented here.”

Barlow was visibly thrilled, tossing a soccer ball around Town hall and sending his option for the group name– the Las Vegas Neons.

“This is an item that I’ve been fighting for near to 5 years now,” Barlow said. “Particularly, as a former soccer gamer for more than 15 years, this is my enthusiasm.”

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