Fresno FC and Reno 1868 FC played to a 1-1 draw at Greater Nevada Field in their first meeting of the season on June 9, 2018. / Photo courtesy of Reno 1868 FC
FRESNO FC vs. RENO 1868 FC
Fresno FC returns to Chukchansi Park where the Foxes aim to defend the den against sixth-place Reno 1868 FC. It is the second and final meeting between the two clubs, who last played to a 1-1 draw in Reno on June 9th that happened during Reno's 16-match unbeaten streak. Since then, however, Reno took a slip, falling 2-1 to Saint Louis FC in late July. Reno then lost three of its next four matches before they regained their footing with a 2-1 win over Las Vegas Lights FC on Tuesday of this week. The Foxes, however, will look to defend their home field where they have won four straight and conceded just 1 goal during those 360 minutes, while also allowing just two goals in the last 450 minutes played at Chukchansi Park. The Foxes are unbeaten in their last two matches as they come played to a 2-2 draw at Las Vegas Lights last week that saw Renato Bustamante's stoppage-time goal help Fresno escape with a point on the road.
HEAD COACH ADAM SMITH
Reno are a very good team so we’ve got to be on our guard and use the home field advantage of course and use the crowd as an advantage. The guys enjoy playing at Chukchansi Park, so we’ve got to take that. If we can pick up close to maximum points from our home games, it gives us a great opportunity. I met with the guys today, sat down with them, told them that they can do it. It’s going to be up here that is going to be the difference. They get that right and they’ll be fine. A lot of the teams that we’re playing that are above us are all teams that we’ve played before and most of them we’ve beaten, so that’s encouraging. But everyone is fighting right now so every game is going to be a battle. We’re gonna have to roll our sleeves up, we’re going to have to stay focused and concentrate right until the very end and we’re going to have to take our chances when they come.