RENO, Nev. — It didn't come easy, but Reno 1868 FC inched by LA Galaxy II for its sixth-straight win on Wednesday.
The club now sits in second place in the USL's Western Conference thanks to a late goal by midfielder Darwin Espinal.
Here are three takeaways from Wednesday's win:
Closer to History, Playoffs
With the additional three points, Reno is now 7 points away from clinching a spot in the USL Playoffs in its inaugural season. A Top 4 finish in the USL standings would mean Reno would host its first playoff match at Greater Nevada Field. Reno is also three goals away from setting a new USL record for most goals in a single season. The club currently has 59 this year, the most in North America.
Everyone Is Contributing
With prolific scorers such as Dane Kelly and Antoine Hoppenot in the Starting XI, one might assume a majority of the scoring would solely come from them. But the 59 goals this year have been spread out from front to back this year. Wednesday proved that with defender Brent Richards scoring his third goal this year and sub Darwin Espinal scoring the match-winner. Nearly every player in Reno's Starting XI has scored this year.
Despite going into halftime with the score tied at 1-1, Reno was able to continue pressing in the second half and find the go-ahead goal. Reno's resilience has helped the club maintain one of the most potent attacks in American soccer and has kept the win streak alive throughout the past month.
Reno travels to take on Seattle Sounders 2 on Saturday at 7 p.m.