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Reno looks to bounce back against Portland Timbers 2

By Kevin Bass, 08/13/20, 2:15PM PDT

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Reno beat Portland 4-1 last month

Need to know

  • Reno looks to bounce back after a 1-0 loss to Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday.
  • All-time, Reno is 17-5-7 (58 points) in the first game after a loss.
  • Reno leads Group A, and hosts last-place Portland Timbers 2.
  • 1868 FC beat Portland 4-1 in Oregon on July 29, and leads the all-time series 6-1-1.

Preview

Saturday, August 15 – v Portland Timbers 2

7:30 p.m. PT kickoff @ Greater Nevada Field

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

Radio: ESPN Radio 94.5, Sirius XM FC Channel 157

 

After a 1-0 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday, Reno 1868 FC is right back in action on Saturday against Portland Timbers 2. Reno will look to get back to their winning ways in the final of three home games in a week.

Despite the loss to Sacramento, Reno still sits atop the table on Group A with 12 points. Republic FC has 12 points as well, but the goal differential tiebreaker goes to Reno. Los Azules have a game in hand on Sacramento as well.

Both clubs are coming off of losses to Sacramento Republic FC in their last competition. Reno fell to Sacramento by a penalty in stoppage time of the first half, snapping a three-game winning streak. Portland fell 1-0 as well, off an own goal to keep T2 winless on the season and last place in Group A.

The two clubs have already met this season, with Reno going to Portland and leaving with three points after a 4-1 win. Leading the attack was Christiano François with a brace. The four goals were the most in a game for Reno this season, and featured a late goal from former Timber Foster Langsdorf. Langsdorf spent the last two seasons in Portland after being selected by the Timbers in the MLS SuperDraft.

The game will conclude a quick stretch of three home games within a week for Reno. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT from Greater Nevada Field. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and Nevada Sports Net, as well as ESPN Radio 94.5 and Sirius XM channel 157.

 

Scouting report – Portland Timbers 2

  • Portland has yet to win a game this season, going 0-5-0 to land in last place in the Group A standings
  • All time, Reno leads Portland 6-1-1. The last time the two sides met, Reno won 4-1 behind a brace from Christiano François.
  • Portland is dead last in the league in goals scored with two, and has allowed the second-most goals with 18.

Inside 1868 FC

  • Despite losing to Sacramento on Wednesday, Reno still owns the top spot in Group A. Reno and Sacramento are tied in points with 12, but Reno takes the tiebreaker with a higher goal differential. The boys in blue have also played one fewer game than Sacramento.
  • Forward Foster Langsdorf takes on his former team again, after scoring against Portland in the clubs’ first meeting. Langsdorf spent two years with T2 after being drafted by Portland out of Stanford.
  • Through six games, Reno boasts the best start in club history with 12 points. The club’s previous best was nine in 2019.
  • Reno has just allowed five goals through the first six games, the fewest in club history through six games. In the club’s previous three years, the boys in blue allowed 14, 11 and 10 goals through the first six games. The five goals allowed are tied for seventh-least in the USL.

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