First pro hockey, then pro football, and now professional soccer? Long-lived rumors of USL expansion to Sin City appear to have some credence, even if some dots must be connected.
A search of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s website has discovered that a trademark was filed on April 10 for “Las Vegas Lights Soccer Club” by a company called Las Vegas Soccer LLC (more on them later).
What was most intriguing about this filing was the application’s attorney of record, Mary Frances Love. That particular attorney’s name has appeared in multiple trademark filings, including the re-branding of USL clubs Phoenix Rising FC and Orange County SC. Additionally, Love is listed as the attorney or record on numerous trademarks that belong to the United Soccer League, including “USL Cup” and “USL Derby Week.”
Further ties to USL and MLS were discovered while examining the trademark’s applicant, Las Vegas Soccer LLC. A query in the Nevada Secretary of State’s Business Entity Search website turned up a LLC registered with the state on April 3. The only name listed on the application was a Brett R. Lashbrook of Las Vegas, NV.
Brett Lashbrook was the chief operating office or Orlando City Soccer Club from 2013–15 and played a role in the club’s ascension to Major League Soccer as well as secure a deal for a soccer-specific stadium. Most recently, Lashbrook’s services were acquired by Tampa Bay Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards, who is also looking to move his Florida club to Major League Soccer.
Should the switch be flipped on for Las Vegas Lights Soccer Club, it would become the first professional soccer team in the city since the Las Vegas Quicksilvers of the original NASL, who played from 1976–78. An amateur side, Las Vegas Mobsters, played in the USL-PDL from 2014 to 2016, but now compete in UPSL.