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Las Vegas Lights FC to close out Orange County SC preseason schedule on Friday

Former No. 1 MLS draft pick Freddy Adu on expansion side’s roster.

Orange County SC will play their final preseason game at 11 am on Friday, when they take on USL expansion side Las Vegas Lights FC at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine.

It will be the first time LVLFC will face USL competition as their previous three preseason matches were against three MLS sides – Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and D.C. United.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of Friday’s preseason tilt is Freddy Adu.

The former D.C. United and U.S. Men’s National Team pro signed with LVLFC late last month – his 15th club in 14 years, including Real Salt Lake, Benfica, AS Monaco, Belenenses and Philadelphia Union.

In his first game with Las Vegas, Adu notched an assist against the very team he debuted with as a 14-year-old – the youngest player to ever be drafted in the MLS.

It was back in January that Adu decided to end his break from the sport and try out with Las Vegas.

Orange County have had a solid preseason so far. Going 3-2-0, they have beaten UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton, as well as Club Tijuana’s U-20 squad, but lost to University of San Diego and LA Galaxy II. This tune-up against Vegas may be vital ahead of the season opener.

After Friday’s preseason game, Orange County SC will set their sights on the team’s season opener at home against Didier Drogba and Phoenix Rising FC at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

Las Vegas Lights FC (coached by Chelís, don’t forget!) open their season on March 17 at fellow USL expansion side Fresno FC.

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