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Match Preview: Los Zorros take on Reno in 2019 Home Opener

By Fresno FC, 03/22/19, 7:00PM PDT

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First 2,000 fans on Saturday will receive a FREE rally towel & schedule magnet

2019 USL CHAMPIONSHIP HOME OPENER

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019

FRESNO FC vs. RENO 1868 FC

 

CHUKCHANSI PARK

1800 Tulare St., Fresno, 93721

Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. | Gates open at 6 p.m.

First 2,000 fans will receive a free rally towel and 2019 schedule magnet

TV: CW 59 | Radio: ESPN Deportes 1600 AM
Tickets available at the stadium box office and online.

559-320-4497


THE BEST DAY TO GO DOWNTOWN

Los Zorros bring their unbeaten start to Chukchansi Park, where they'll make their 2019 home debut against also unbeaten side Reno 1868 FC. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m. to fans. The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a free rally towel and 2019 schedule magnet.

The Foxes will aim to celebrate a home-opening win on a day all about Fresno, as #FresYes Fest will start the party at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company beginning at 1 p.m.

It is advised to arrive early to adjust for a heavy volume of traffic in the downtown area. All Season Ticket Holders can secure their free parking in Lot H, directly across from the Chukchansi Park box office. 

PARKING OPTIONS

  • Spiral garage on Inyo Street +Van Ness Avenue
  • Lot at H Street + Mariposa Street
  • Garage on Tulare Street + Congo Alley
  • Garage on Tulare Street + Van Ness Avenue
  • Season Ticket Holders park free in Lot H, across from the Chukchansi Park box office (with STH Card or Parking Voucher)

MATCH PREVIEW

Los Zorros bring their unbeaten start to the 2019 season to Chukchansi Park, where they'll look to win their first home opener in club history against an also unbeaten Reno 1868 FC side. The Foxes, fresh off a 2-0 win at RGV FC Toros and its second USL Team of the Week selection in a row (Arun Basuljevic) will kick off against Reno at 7:30 p.m. PT at Chukchansi Park. The match will be televised on CW 59 and ESPN Plus. It is the third meeting ever between the two clubs, with both matches ending in 1-1 draws during the 2018 regular season.

Leading the pack for Fresno FC is newly acquired midfielder Jackson, who has recorded one assist and one goal in his first two games of the regular season. Arun Basuljevic will look to continue his offensive production after a brace at RGV FC and a passing accuracy rating of 91% for the evening. Defensively, the Foxes will look to collect their second consecutive clean sheet of the season against Reno 1868 FC, which has scored four goals through its first two matches.

Behind most of that production is standout forward Brian Brown, who was called up to the Jamaican National Team earlier this week for its friendly against El Salvador. On Tuesday, was voted USL Championship Player of the Week for his two goals in a 3-1 win over Austin Bold FC. He also scored in Reno's 1-1 draw vs. Orange County SC in the season opener. In 2018, Brown scored a team-high 17 goals to help Reno to its second straight postseason.

The match will be Reno's first on the road, after playing the first two weeks at home. Lindo Mfeka scored the team's other goal against Austin. Like the Foxes, Reno 1868 FC is off to its best start in club history with four points in its first two games.

HE SAID IT: HEAD COACH ADAM SMITH

"I think it's obviously very encouraging that we've picked up points on the road and that we get to bring that unbeaten record home to play in front of our fans. We're all excited to finally debut in our own stadium to have the crowd behind us and we hope to give them the result we want against a good Reno team. I think it will be a good match. We've shown that we're a tough and talented side and we're all looking forward to it." 

ON RENO & Brian Brown

"They've proven themselves as a tough opponent to beat. I mean, we played them to 1-1 draws both times last year, and they were a team that made it to the playoffs, and we didn't. But we can compete. This year, with the hard work we have put in during the offseason and early parts of the season, I think we'll show that we're a stronger team. It's still early days, but I'm confident that our boys are on to something this season.

I'm happy for him [Brian Brown]. He's become one of the best goalscorers in this league - he even scored against us last year with a great goal that ended up costing us two points. So, I mean, he's earned the call up for his country. That's a great honor and when you have a goalscorer like that on your side. You're a tough team to beat. I'm happy for him."