Reno Looks to Keep Lead on Group a in Trip to Portland
Sunday, September 20 - @ Portland Timbers 2
6:00 p.m. PT kickoff @ Providence Park
Broadcast: ESPN+ (national), Nevada Sports Net (local)
Radio: ESPN Radio 94.5
Fresh off clinching a playoff berth on Thursday, Reno 1868 FC travels to Portland to take on Timbers 2 as the team looks to secure the lead on Group A. Reno leads the group with Sacramento just three points behind, and four games to play.
"It'll be a tough game," said head coach Ian Russell. "I know that right now. They've won two in a row ... It's a team that's going to have a little more confidence than the last time they came here. But again, we need to stick to our game plan."
Reno enters on a six-game unbeaten streak, thanks to a 3-2 win over Tacoma on Thursday. The streak is the fourth-longest in club history, and has seen Reno score three or more goals in five of the six games.
The trip to the playoffs will be the fourth-straight for Reno, in just the club's fourth year of existence.
Portland enters the game hot for the first time all season. T2 has won their last two games, behind three goals from Jorge Gonzalez Asensi. Gonzalez Asensi leads the team with five goals this season.
In the sides' three previous matchups this season, Reno has won 4-1, 5-3 and 7-1. All time, Reno owns a 9-1-1 record against Portland. The nine wins are 1868 FC's most against a single team.
The road trip should not intimidate Reno, with the boys in blue going 4-1-1 and averaging 2.8 goals on the road. The last two road games for Reno have both resulted in three goals.
Dominating as of late has been forward Foster Langsdorf. Langsdorf has scored in six straight games, bringing his goal total to a team-leading seven. The six-game streak is tied for the longest in club history, tied with Dane Kelly's six-game streak from 2017. Additionally, Langsdorf has scored in each of the previous three games against Portland this season. A former Timbers draft pick that spent the last two seasons in Portland before coming to Reno, Foster has scored in every game against his former team.
Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. PT from Providence Park. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+, Nevada Sports Net and ESPN Radio 94.5. More information about how to watch the game from home is available at https://www.reno1868fc.com/page/show/5906159-where-to-watch, and information on where to participate in in-person watch parties can be found at https://www.reno1868fc.com/-watchparties.
Scouting report - Portland Timbers 2
* Portland enters on a two game winning streak, their only two wins of the season.
* Portland has fallen to Reno three times this season, surrendering 16 goals.
* Jorge Gonzalez Asensi leads Portland in goals with 5, including three in the last two games.
* Portland's 14 goals on the season are the 10th-fewest in the USL.
Inside 1868 FC
- With a win against Tacoma on Thursday, Reno locked up a fourth-straight trip to the USL Championship Playoffs. The club has yet to miss the playoffs in any of its first four years of existence.
- Reno is 9-1-1 all time against Portland, the most regular season wins against any opponent. This season, Reno is 3-0-0 against the struggling Group A foe with a +12 goal differential and 16 goals scored. The last time the two sides met, Reno scored seven goals in a rout at Greater Nevada Field.
- Reno takes on another Group A foe this week, and the club is currently alone atop the group with 28 points. Sacramento is close behind with 25 points, but Reno has the first two tiebreakers over Sacramento, with more total wins and a +18 goal differential compared to Republic FC's +7. On the season, Reno is 6-2-1 against Group A, and 3-0-0 against out of group opponents.
- Reno's 28 points are the second-most in the Western Conference, trailing only San Antonio FC's 30. The point total is good for third-most in the entire league as well, and the +18 goal differential is second in the west, and third in the USL.
- Reno is unbeaten in six-straight games, the longest such streak of the season. The six-game streak is tied for the fourth-longest unbeaten streak in club history, and longest since 2018. If Reno avoids a loss on Sunday, it will make seven straight and tie for third-longest all time. Additionally, Reno is unbeaten this season when scoring even a single goal.
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