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Reno 1868 FC to Open Up Against Swope Park Rangers on St. Patrick's Day

By Aldo Amato, 01/12/18, 11:45AM PST


RENO, Nev. — Reno 1868 FC will open up the USL regular season against Swope Park Rangers on March 17 at Greater Nevada Field. 

The two Western Conference powers will square-off in a match sponsored by Dolan Auto Group.

Both clubs finished the season in the Top 5 in the Western Conference in 2017.

It will also be the first match that new Reno signee Mark Anthony Gonzalez will get to face-off  against his former club. Gonzalez scored 17 goals over two seasons at Swope and was named the club’s 2016 Offensive Player of the Year.

Reno dominated the regular season series 2-0 last year including a 4-1 win in the first meeting between the clubs.

Reno 1868 FC will also travel to Las Vegas on March 24 to help Las Vegas Lights FC open up their season at home and kick off the brand new in-state rivalry. 

The USL released the following home openers for the 2018 season below:

2018 USL Home Openers

Friday, March 16
Rio Grande Valley FC vs. Saint Louis FC
Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Portland Timbers 2

Saturday, March 17
Charleston Battery vs. FC Cincinnati
Charlotte Independence vs. Ottawa Fury FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. LA Galaxy II
Fresno FC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC
Louisville City FC vs. Nashville SC
New York Red Bulls II vs. Toronto FC II
North Carolina FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
OKC Energy FC vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Orange County SC vs. Phoenix Rising FC
Reno 1868 FC vs. Swope Park Rangers
Sacramento Republic FC vs. San Antonio FC

Sunday, March 18
Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Richmond Kickers

Saturday, March 24
ATL UTD 2 vs. New York Red Bulls II
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Reno 1868 FC
Nashville SC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Phoenix Rising FC vs. OKC Energy FC
Richmond Kickers vs. Indy Eleven
San Antonio FC vs. Saint Louis FC
Swope Park Rangers vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Bethlehem Steel FC
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC

Saturday, March 31
Indy Eleven vs. FC Cincinnati
LA Galaxy II vs. San Antonio FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Penn FC
Real Monarchs SLC vs. Portland Timbers 2
Saint Louis FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Toronto FC II vs. Ottawa Fury FC

Saturday, April 7
FC Cincinnati vs. Louisville City FC

Wednesday, April 18
Portland Timbers 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC

Saturday, April 21
Penn FC vs. Charleston Battery
Ottawa Fury FC vs. North Carolina FC