United Soccer League (USL) football club Las Vegas Soccer has been given a notion in principle to play its games at Cashman Field (pictured) from 2018.

The City of Las Vegas reached an agreement with the team yesterday (Thursday) and will recommend that the City Council approves the deal at its meeting next week.

“The USL is thrilled with the tremendous progress and grateful for the hard work by the City of Las Vegas to bring professional soccer to downtown,” USL president Jake Edwards said.

“We received a very strong application from the ownership group led by Brett Lashbrook and his family, and are optimistic the City Council will approve the lease agreement for Cashman Field next week.

“A professional club in Las Vegas further strengthens the league’s presence on the West Coast, creating regional rivalries that drive fan passion for the game.”

Lashbrook, the founder and owner of the club, previously served as the chief operating officer for former USL and current Major League Soccer club Orlando City SC, as well as holding the position of special assistant to the commissioner’s office and legal counsel at MLS headquarters in New York City.

“We are excited to work with the Mayor’s office to bring the world’s game to Downtown Las Vegas,” Lashbrook said.

“Las Vegas is the second largest US market without a professional soccer team and it’s long overdue. Our goal is to have this club truly reflect the multiculturalism of our community.”

Las Vegas hosted an international friendly between Mexico and Iceland earlier this year. The game drew more than 30,000 fans.

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