RENO, Nev.– Reno 1868 FC is back playing at Greater Nevada Field this weekend, taking on San Antonio FC. Reno has won two in a row, and seven of their last eight. When Reno travelled to San Antonio on June 8, Los Azules fell 3-2.
“I think that was a game where it was a tale of two halves,” said head coach Ian Russell. “I thought we had a good first half, we were up 2-1 going into halftime and then they were the better team in the second half. They made some adjustments and I think this time around we’ll be ready.”
Reno is coming off of a 2-1 road win at Rio Grande Valley FC last weekend. Defender Thomas Janjigian headed in his first career goal off of a Seth Casiple corner kick, and Aidan Apodaca scored on a wide-open breakaway.
Reno has been in the midst of a scorching summer stretch. Since May 1, the boys in blue are 10-3-2. One of those three losses was San Antonio, and since then the team is 7-2-0.
San Antonio’s last result was a 3-2 home loss to Sacramento Republic FC, their first loss since June. San Antonio went 3-0-1 in the month of July, and currently sits in 12th in the western conference. San Antonio’s 27 points are just two short of El Paso Locomotive FC, the team currently in the 10th and final playoff spot.
Reno enters the match as the second-best team in the western conference, trailing first-place Phoenix Rising by just three points. Third-place Fresno trails 1868 by four points.
At home, Reno has gone 7-1-3 this season, including four shutouts in their last six matches at Greater Nevada Field.
“The teams confident,” said Russell. “We’ve been winning a lot of games.”
Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. PT, and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free 1868 FC shirt. The match will be streamed on ESPN+, and tickets are available at reno1868fc.com or the Greater Nevada Field ticket office.