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PREVIEW: Reno heads to Portland for matchup with T2

By Kevin Bass, 07/28/20, 1:45PM PDT


1868 looks to bounce back from loss in Sacramento

Need to know

  • Reno plays Portland after rescheduling the game, which was previously slated for Sunday.
  • Reno enters the game third in Group A with three points, but can move into first with a win.
  • All-time, Reno is 6-1-1 against Portland and undefeated when playing in Portland.


Sunday, July 28 – @ Portland Timbers 2

7:30 p.m. PT kickoff @ Providence Park

Broadcast: ESPN+ (national), Nevada Sports Net (local)

Radio: ESPN Radio 94.5


Reno 1868 FC is back in action, 10 days after re-starting the season against Sacramento Republic FC on July 19. The boys in blue fell 1-0, but are still just two points behind Republic for first in Group A.

“Obviously it was the first game back and we’ve got a little bit of rust to kick off, but we did some things well defensively,” said defender Brent Richards.

Goalkeeper Ben Beaury, making his Reno debut, recorded six saves in the loss to Sacramento. The total was the most ever for a Reno keeper making his club debut, and the fourth-most ever in a single game.

Reno has had plenty of historic success against Portland, going 6-1-1 against the club over the last three seasons. In Portland, Reno has never lost. Last season, Reno came back after trailing 1-0 to defeat T2 at Providence Park.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT, with the game being broadcast nationally on ESPN+ and locally on Nevada Sports Net and ESPN Radio 94.5.


Scouting report – Portland Timbers 2

  • Portland enters 0-2-0 with a -8 goal differential, last in the Group A standings.
  • Reno is 6-1-1 all-time against T2, and has never lost in Portland.
  • Last year, Reno won 2-1 in Portland after trailing 1-0 early..


Inside 1868 FC

  • Christiano François scored and assisted in week one against Tacoma Defiance, earning USL Team of the Weeks honors.
  • Reno returns eight members of last year’s incredibly successful squad, including leading goalscorer Corey Hertzog, captain Brent Richards and former San Jose Earthquake Kevin Partida.
  • Last season, Reno’s 51st USL regular-season win tied a league record for the most wins through any club’s first three seasons. The record was tied with FC Cincinnati, who moved to MLS after year three.
  • Reno’s eight returners scored 33 goals last season, accounting for 46% of Reno’s 71 goals in 2019.

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