Up until the last few years, I really didn’t care for sports, especially soccer. This was really odd considering I have grown up in a Latin American family that loves soccer. However, my interest is quickly changing because of Southern Nevada’s newest professional soccer team, the Las Vegas Legends.
The Legends are an Indoor Professional soccer team, part of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL). They are brand-new, just beginning their season this past year. This team is the fifteenth of nineteen to be inducted into the PASL, which began play on October 15, 2008. Now entering its fifth season, they are part of Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA), joining teams from the CMISL of Canada and the LMFR of Mexico.
The history of the Legends is rather unique. In 2000, Israeli Junior National Soccer player & businessman Meir Cohen introduced the Las Vegas Indoor Soccer organization at Sportsman’s Park near Summerlin. In 2006, Cohen launched a semi-pro soccer team in the Premier Arena Soccer League, the Las Vegas Knights, and led them to the National Championship in 2011.
With an elite international coaching staff, including the Indoor Soccer “Legend,” Greg Howes, and assistant coaches from Ireland, Jamaica and South Africa, they worked to put a solid clubhouse together. The organization held tryouts with over 150 people. The finalized team now includes twenty-two players from as near as local high-school graduates to as far as soccer players from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
And the Legends perform. The last few games, I’ve witnessed complete blow-outs of 10-6 and 18-2. A fast-paced, high-scoring offensive team, the Legends hold a record of 7-1, leading their division.
Indoor soccer is truly an emerging sport. And the Legends execute with superb skill and fire, with goals of outreach to the entire community. I encourage you to check out their website at www.LasVegasLegends.com, and go to one of their games at the Orleans Arena with the family. You won’t regret it.