Lindo Mfeka | Photo by Jeff Mulvihill, Jr./Reno 1868 FC
After its exit from the US Open Cup, the Foxes head north to continue USL play in Nevada to take on Reno 1868 FC. Fresno will look to build on last weekend's 4-0 win against Seattle Sounders 2 against a tough Reno side that is unbeaten in its previous nine matches picking up five wins along the way.
Jemal Johnson was named to the USL Team of the Week, after his two-goal performance helped the Foxes past Seattle for their first home win since March 31. The Foxes will lean on their defense as they face a Reno side that is nearly identical in offensive production sharing 17 goals scored, and a 13% conversion rate.
Ian Russell is in his second season as boss of Reno 1868 FC, joining the club in their inaugural season in the USL. In their first season, Russell coached Reno to a third-place finish in the Western Conference with a 16W-7L-8D. However, Reno did not make it out of the first round of playoffs, losing to underdog OKC Energy FC in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Reno is Russell's first official gig as manager, having served as an assistant coach from 2008-16 and interim head coach in the 2014 season. Russell is a former midfielder and played seven seasons in MLS, six of those for the Earthquakes. He is also a former player of Fresno FC general manager Frank Yallop, having played for Yallop at the Earthquakes and LA Galaxy.
Daniel Musovski and Lindo Mfeka lead Reno with three goals apiece, with three others right behind at two each - Brian Brown, Jerry van Ewjik, and Mohamed Thiaw. Thiaw and Kevin Partida, who has one goal on the season, were recently called up to MLS affiliate San Jose Earthquakes for their fourth-round US Open Cup match against Portland Timbers.
Running Reno's midfield is Antoine Hoppenot, who has dished a team-best four assists this season. Defensively, the club is anchored by Jordan Russell and Brent Richards, who lead the club in interceptions and clearances, respectively.
Reno 1868 FC beat OKC Energy FC, 2-1, after Lindo Mfeka's game-winning goal at the 78th minute on June 2. It was the second straight win for Reno, which also extended its winning streak to a franchise-best nine matches.
Fresno FC played to an impressive 4-0 win against Seattle Sounders 2, receiving two goals from forward Jemal Johnson and one each from Christian Chaney and Juan Pablo Caffa. It was the third clean sheet for the Foxes and goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.
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