Las Vegas – Former USL Championship title winner Zach Carroll is one of six new additions to Las Vegas Lights FC for the 2023 season. The club is preparing its sixth campaign this spring. Veteran Jacob Bush and Lucas Stauffer have joined the centre-backs, while Lights FC have added young midfielder Pablo Soares and forwards Andrew Carlton and Eric Auten to their squad.
The deal is pending league and federation approval.
Carroll recently joined Las Vegas after competing in the USL Championship at Memphis 901 FC. There he spent the last three seasons, providing Eastern with a veteran presence during the club’s rise in his conference. In his first year as a pro with the New York Red Bulls II he was named Championship All-His League in 2016 and made 170 regular appearances in his season in the championship during his career, finishing 12,451 minutes. He scored action, recording 9 goals and 4 assists.
After spending the last six years in Finland, Busue returned to the United States and played for two top clubs. After initially signing with Volkruben 46 in 2017, Busue joined Ekenas IF before making his debut in his second tier a year later. The following year he signed for FC Haka and helped the team win the division and gain promotion to Veikkausliiga, making 39 appearances in two campaigns.Bouche started his career in the championship and in 2015 In 2016 he played for St. Louis FC for two seasons, making 50 appearances.
Stauffer will return to the championship for the first time since 2018, when he made 20 appearances for the New York Red Bulls II as the team reached the Eastern Conference Finals of the USL Championship Playoffs. Since that season, the 27-year-old full-back has been playing for Germany, playing in the Regionalliga in the North East where he has made 60 appearances and in stints with two clubs he has scored 11 assists.
Soares arrived from Germany, most recently at Borussia Mönchengladbach II through the Bundesliga club’s academy system. The 20-year-old from New York City has made his first appearance in the U-17 men’s USA team and his U-18 Germany men’s varsity team once each. his career.
Carlton will move to Las Vegas after battling USL championship club San Diego Royal last season. A former US U-17 international, the 22-year-old has made his 74 appearances in the championship since making his debut on loan to Charleston’s battery in the 2016 season at age 16. Carlton has scored nine goals and nine assists in the Championship so far in his career, with Atlanta he has also played for United 2 and Indy where he has been loaned to the Eleven.
Oten also previously played in Finland before joining Leitz FC, signing at the age of 21 after making 36 top-flight appearances in the last two seasons. A native of Accra, Ghana, Oten made 50 overall appearances for Ilves Tampere during his time at the club, becoming the first from his home country’s Right to Dream Academy to join the youth system of Danish club FC Norjeland. bottom.