Reno, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC hosts USL Championship league newcomer Austin Bold FC at Greater Nevada Field on Saturday, March 16th.
Reno is coming off of a last-minute draw with Orange County SC where the Southern California team was able to tie it up with a second-half penalty kick in stoppage time. Austin is also coming off of a 0-0 draw with Las Vegas Lights FC.
“We were able to scout them (Austin Bold FC) for one game. They definitely have a lot of experience on the team,” head coach Ian Russell said. “The team has some players that have had very good careers. It’s obviously a team that we need to be ready to play.”
Last week’s point against Orange County SC was the first time Reno 1868 FC has earned a point in a season opener since the club’s inauguration. In 2017, Reno lost 0-2 in its season opener against Orange County SC, and in 2018 the team fell to 3-4 to Swope Park Rangers.
“It was definitely not a good taste in our mouths, but it’s the first game of the season and we just got to move past it as a group,” midfielder Seth Casiple said. “We think that the performance overall was really positive, some bad mental errors. But it is a long season and if were not able to put that past us than we’ve got bigger problems.”
Saturday’s match will also be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration including a ticket deal and in-stadium events. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a St. Patrick’s Day hat, a team signed soccer ball will be awarded to the fan dressed in the best St. Patrick’s Day attire, and a standing room only ticket and a 20 oz. green beer can be purchased for $16 (ticket price: $15, beer price $1). To purchase the beer/ticket bundle, visit Reno1868FC.com and use coupon code “PADDY”.