Match Preview: Austin Bold FC Continues Road Trip with Match in Reno on Saturday
AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Bold FC will look for the first win in club history in Reno, Nev. on Saturday, March 16, where the team will face Reno 1868 FC. Kickoff at Greater Nevada Field is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. CT and the match will broadcast live on ESPN+.
The contest will close out a season-opening two-match road swing in Nevada for ABFC, after the club picked up a point in a 0-0 draw against Las Vegas Lights FC last weekend. Short-handed in the first match due to injury and delays in the international transfer process, the Bold shut down a Lights FC attack that took 18 shots, with goalkeeper Diego Restrepo collecting three saves to earn the clean sheet.
Following the match in Las Vegas, the club remained in Nevada to train, working out at the Peter Johann Soccer Field facilities at UNLV for much of the week.
"We believed that with opening the season with back-to-back matches in Nevada, it would be a good opportunity to have the team focus on training and avoid long stretches of travel," said Austin Bold FC general manager Roberto Silva.
This weekend's matchup with Reno will have midfielder Valeri Saramutin and defender Jorge Troncoso available for the first time this season, with both completing the international transfer process earlier this week.
"The team performed very well in the first game - defending very well and creating good scoring opportunities," said ABFC head coach Marcelo Serrano. "Having two very important players like Valeri and Jorge available to the club will strengthen what we are working towards."
What You Need to Know
Of the seven USL Championship expansion teams to begin play last weekend, Austin Bold FC was one of two to earn a point in its inaugural match - host New Mexico United tied Fresno FC, 1-1 - and the only one to earn a point on the road
Austin Bold FC was the first USL Championship expansion club to shut out their opponent in their first match since 2016 (Bethlehem Steel FC; San Antonio FC)
Reno picked up a 2-2 draw with visitor Orange County SC, as OCSC battled back from a two-goal deficit and scored the equalizer on a stoppage-time penalty kick
Reno has an all-time home record of 18-7-9 and currently on a seven-game home unbeaten streak
Following the match in Reno, the Bold will have two weeks to prepare for the first-ever home match on March 30 with the debut of Bold Stadium, the first soccer-specific facility in Central Texas. ABFC will face San Antonio FC, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are available for the match and can be purchased at www.AustinBoldFC.com or by calling the Austin Bold FC sales office at 512.872.8700.
Game 2 - Austin Bold FC at Reno 1868 FC
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. CT
Stadium: Greater Nevada Field (Reno, Nev.)
Austin Bold FC: 0-0-1, 1 pt
Reno 1868 FC: 0-0-1, 1 pt
All-time Series: This is the first matchup between ABFC and Reno 1868 FC
Stats: USL Match Center
Out - Promise Isaac (hamstring)
Out - Marcelo Saragosa (calf)
Out - Josué Soto (knee)
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