RENO, Nev. – After a road loss in San Antonio, Reno 1868 FC returns home to Greater Nevada Field this weekend to welcome LA Galaxy II to Northern Nevada. Reno leads the all-time series with LA 4-0-0, and has yet to lose a home match this season.
“The guys after a loss are practicing a bit testy, a little more physical,” said head coach Ian Russell. “They’re not sulking, they’re not pouting, they’re ready to go.”
In San Antonio, Reno took a 2-1 lead into halftime thanks to goals from forwards Corey Herzog and Cade Cowell. The first goal, off Herzog’s right foot, came just seven minutes into the match and raised his season total to six. In the 16th minute, fifteen-year-old Cowell pounced on an errant pass and fired the ball into the net for his first career USL Championship goal. The match was Cowell’s first start with the team.
“We had a good chance to go up three, Raul Mendiola hit the crossbar,” said Russell. “We had a good first half and felt good going into the second half.”
LA is coming off of a 3-0 road loss to El Paso. The loss is their second straight scoreless match, and was their first defeat since a 3-0 loss to Fresno on May 12. The Galaxy II had tied their previous four matches.
On the season, Reno is 3-0-3 in the friendly confines of Greater Nevada field, and LA is 1-2-2 on the road. LA comes into Reno averaging fewer goals and shots per match than 1868 FC, and sports a -9 goal differential to Reno’s +7.
“Typically they are a mix of some younger players along with the first team players that are coming down,” said Russell. “Should be a good team coming.”
Only two points separate the two teams in the USL Championship’s Western Conference, as Los Angeles sits in the 11 spot with 18 points. Reno sits in eighth with 20 points on the season.
Saturday’s action gets underway at 7:15 p.m. PT, with gates opening at 6:15 p.m. PT. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive an 1868 FC soccer ball, and the first fireworks show of the season will start after the match. Tickets are still available at reno1868fc.com or the Greater Nevada Field ticket office.