Las Vegas Lights gear up to play first game against Montreal

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There is a lot of excitement surrounding Saturday's inaugural match for the first pro soccer team in Las Vegas.

The Lights FC take on the Montreal Impact for its first ever exhibition match. The team tackled a full schedule leading up to the game.

A combine took place in December, securing talent for the roster -- which includes six players that are from Las Vegas.

Head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, "Chelis" is the first man to coach in both the first and second divisions of professional soccer in both Mexico and the United States.

The team held its final practice Friday morning. Some players told News 3 that they want to win, but also see these exhibition games as a learning experience.

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"Every team has their weaknesses. Every team has their attitudes. But I like to focus more on what I can improve,” said goalkeeper Angel Alvarez.

"A lot of the older players, are really helping out the younger players, making sure they understand their roles on the field and off of the field, making sure we are staying away from distractions because we are living in Las Vegas," said defender, Zak Drake.

Saturday's game is the first of three exhibition games for the team. They'll play the Vancouver Whitecaps on 4/17 and D.C. United on 4/24 at Cashman Field. The "Get Lit Garden" opens at 5:30 P.M. to kick off the Zappos Tailgate. The stadium opens at 7 p.m. and the game starts at 8 p.m.

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