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After suffering a second loss in as many games, Republic FC will look to get back on track Saturday night as they travel to Greater Nevada Field to take on Reno 1868 FC for the second time this season.
Before the match, refresh your memory and get to know Reno 1868 FC.
Fresh off a brace performance in Sunday’s match against Swope Park Rangers, Brian Brown earned a place on the most recent iteration of USL’s Team of the Week. The 25-year-old has led his club in scoring this season (11) and with his Sunday showing, became just the third player in Reno 1868 FC history to score 10+ goals in a single season. The Jamaican striker has also notched a pair of assists while proving above-average distribution, connecting 77.7 percent of his passes to their intended targets. Along with Cameron Iwasa and FC Cincinnati’s Emmanuel Ledesma, his 11 goals place him ninth amongst the league’s leaders.
After totaling just nine career assists over his past four seasons, Antoine Hoppenot has doubled his career totals in 2018, and is proving to be on the of the league’s best playmakers. The 27-year-old midfielder sits just one assist shy of Ledesma and North Carolina FC’s Kyle Bekker who have each earned 10 on the season. Hoppenot has also connected for 41 key passes this year and has proven strong passing accuracy in his own half with an 81 percent success rate.
After getting off to a 0-3-1 start to the season, Reno 1868 FC turned their luck around at the end of April and started to deliver results week in and week out. Following a 4-0 defeat at the hand of Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Reno put together a streak of undefeated matches in 16-straight games. The run, which added 27 points to the club’s total, improved the Reno’s record to an astounding 10-3-7 by July 11. Since their 4-1 defeat of LA Galaxy II though, Reno has struggled to get back to their winning ways. A 2-1 loss to Saint Louis FC before falling to Real Monarchs SLC at Zion’s Bank Stadium tested the surging team to begin the month of August. However, despite their month’s lone point coming from a split with Swope Park Rangers, the club should not be underestimated. Reno 1868 FC nearly secured the win at Children’s Mercy Park.
Sacramento and Reno have met twice this year, splitting their meetings in USL and US Open Cup action. The last time the two met in league play, Reno prevailed, handing Republic FC their first of only two losses at Papa Murphy’s Park this season. Sacramento came out firing on all cylinders scoring in the second and 12th minutes to take a quick 2-0 lead into the half. However, Reno 1868 FC stormed back in the second 45, breaking their shutout at the 57th minute, before equalizing just two minutes later. Brian Brown proved the hero for the visiting team, securing the go-ahead goal in the 62nd minute. Despite efforts from Republic FC to work their way back into the game, Reno secured all three points in the match.
Despite their .500 winning percentage at home this season (4-4-2), Reno 1868 FC has been phenomenal on the road, picking up points in all but one game that they’ve played away from Greater Nevada Field. Their 6-1-6 road record alone has been good for 24 points this season, while they’ve only been able to accrue 14 points at home.
Saturday’s match between Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. from Greater Nevada Field in Reno. The match will be broadcast live on KQCA My58, Estrella TV and ESPN+.
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