RENO, Nev.– More than a month after clinching a playoff spot, Reno 1868 FC will open up their 2019 playoff campaign this Saturday against Sacramento Republic FC in the USL’s Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Reno is coming off of back-to-back wins, and has yet to lose a match in the month of October. Los Azules have shutout their opponent in the last three matches, including a 3-0 win over Tulsa in the season finale.
Sacramento won a play-in match on Wednesday over New Mexico United, their first win since Saturday, October 5. The club fell in its final two matches to finish the season 14-14-6, earning the seven seed in the west.
Reno and Sacramento have faced off twice this season, with Reno winning both by scores of 4-1 and 2-0. Through three years, Reno has lost to Sacramento just once, falling 2-1 at home last August. Reno owns a 5-1-1 all-time record with a +8 goal differential.
1868 FC has three former members of Republic FC’s 2014 Championship title-winning season in defender Emrah Klimenta, goalkeeper Dominic Jakubek and assistant coach Chris Malenab. The only other Championship title-winner on the club is defender Zach Carroll, who won with New York Red Bulls II in 2016.
Reno head coach Ian Russell has MLS Cup experience, winning in 2001 and 2003 as a player with the San Jose Earthquakes.
If Reno advances, the club will host the winner of Fresno and El Paso on Saturday, November 2 at 5:15 p.m. PT.
Kickoff from Greater Nevada Field is set for 5:15 p.m. PT, with gates opening at 4:15 p.m. PT. A pre-match party will begin at 3:15 p.m. PT and include food and drink specials, live music and a chance to win autographed team gear. Tickets are available at reno1868fc.com/playoffs, or by calling the box office at (775) 334-7000. For those unable to make it to Greater Nevada Field, the match will be streamed on ESPN+ and broadcasted locally on Nevada Sports Net.