RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC returns to Greater Nevada Field on Saturday when the club hosts Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in an important Western Conference showdown.
Kickoff for Saturday’s match is slated for 6:45 p.m. with gates opening at 5:45 p.m.
Reno 1868 FC will be looking for its first win of the 2018 season and break an all-time series draw against Colorado this Saturday. Reno is coming off a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Phoenix Rising FC on March 31 at Greater Nevada Field.
Reno 1868 FC players said that despite not having a win through its first three matches, they remain upbeat and focused.
“(The mindset) remains the same since the beginning, it’s the fourth game,” midfielder Seth Casiple said. “Guys are trying to get comfortable playing with each other, making sure we are doing the right things and fix the little mistakes. it’s a long season and it’s just another game.”
Head coach Ian Russell echoed Casiple’s sentiments and said it’s a huge plus for the reigning scoring champions to be back at Greater Nevada Field.
“Every team wants to play at home,” Russell said. “Whether we’re at home or on the road, I feel like we’re in a position to win games.
“And obviously having that week off before our next match helps.”
Switchbacks FC is 2-3 this season, sitting in ninth place and is coming off a 2-1 win over Rio Grande Valley FC. Jordan Burt, who was one of the highest-scoring defenders in 2017, leads the squad with two goals in 2018.
Reno and Switchbacks FC last played in the preseason with the Switchbacks taking a 1-0 win in Reno. The regular season series is tied at 1-1.
Prior to Saturday’s match, Reno will hold its first ever “Halfway to Oktoberfest” upstairs at Greater Nevada Field. Fans who are 21 years or older can purchase a $15, all-you-can-drink pass that is good from 4:45 p.m. until halftime of Saturday’s match. Fans can purchase that pass (promo code: OKFEST) and tickets at Reno1868FC.com/tickets or by calling the ticket office at 775-334-7001.