SAN JOSE, Calif. – Reno 1868 FC fell to its MLS affiliate, the San Jose Earthquakes, 4-0 on Saturday in the club’s first trip to Avaya Stadium.
San Jose did all of the damage in the first half with a brace (two goals scored) each by forward Danny Hoesen and midfielder Magnus Eriksson.
Reno keeper Russ Klabough, who played the entire 90 minutes, held San Jose scoreless in the second half of play.
With the loss, Reno moved to 1-1 in the preseason.
“It was kind of what I expected when you are playing a quality team that’s further along in the preseason than us,” Reno head coach Ian Russell said following Saturday’s contest. “I wasn’t expecting it to be 4-0 at the half, but that’s life.
“The Quakes look good so I am happy about that.”
Although the result on the scoreboard was not what Reno had hoped for, the club did score a win this weekend in San Jose.
Reno and San Jose announced a one-year extension to the already thriving affiliation that has become the benchmark for USL-MLS partnerships. The one-year deal, which was announced at halftime of Saturday’s match, also includes an option for an addition year.
“This extension emboldens our partnership,” Reno president Eric Edelstein said.
From a technical side, Russell said he’s excited to continue to both offer a pathway to America’s top soccer division and develop young players in Reno. Three of Russell’s former players (Chris Wehan, Jimmy Ockford and Luis Felipe) all suited-up for San Jose on Saturday, a moment Russell added that he won’t forget.
“Watching those guys out there was a special moment for me,” Russell said. “One of the main reasons I took this job was to help develop players.
“To see San Jose sign three players from our squad this past offseason bodes really well for the future.”
Reno 1868 FC returns back home to the “Biggest Little City” before continuing its preseason slate.
Single game tickets for both preseason matches and the entire Reno 1868 FC season are available at Reno1868FC.com.