Yamikani Chester’s United States League (USL) Championship side, Las Vegas Lights FC, returns to action on July 25 after games were stopped in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The second-tier league is preparing to resume its season after reaching an agreement with the USL Players Association.
Lights FC owner and Chief Executive Officer, Brett Lashbrook, told the club’s website that many more important steps needed to be taken to ensure that games can ultimately be played in a safe and prudent manner.
“We also understand that the likelihood remains that initial home matches would be played with no capacity or limited capacity per the current direction of state government & local health officials. We hope to have more details to share with our fans in the coming days and weeks ahead,” Lashbrook was quoted as saying.
He expressed gratitude to the team’s fans for their support throughout the football suspension.
“We look forward to being back in action with you all soon. USL headquarters also remains in regular dialogue with the USL Players Association on all matters concerning player health and wellness protocols and looks forward to continuing those discussions,” Lashbrook said.
Chester was not available for comment but Lights FC Manager, Eric Wynalda, told the club’s website that the Flames star is a replacement for Tabort Etaka Preston.
“Preston was a great player for our team last season, but his plan was always to explore his options outside of the U.S. for next season. As a result, we need to replace him and Chester is the perfect guy to do so,” Wynalda said.
“He’s faster and a little bit more experienced. He has all the qualities that we look for in that position. We had a player profile that we wanted to fit this off-season to ensure we improve and he checked all the boxes.”
The 35-team league, which includes Saint Louis FC, had just played its season openers when play was stopped.
Chester joined from North Carolina FC where he scored five goals in the 970 minutes of action he saw on the field.