Reno 1868 FC extends unbeaten streak after draw with Portland Timbers 2
Reno, Nev. —
Reno 1868 FC earned a much-needed point and remained unbeaten for the fifth-straight match after tying Portland Timbers 2 Saturday night.
Reno tied 1-1 with Portland in front of 6,027 fans on a night filled with emotion.
At halftime, Reno 1868 FC midfielder Matheus Silva returned to Greater Nevada Field for the first time since an accident at Lake Tahoe on July 4.
Silva met with the heroes who helped pull him from the water and received a standing ovation from the Greater Nevada Field crowd.
After a scoreless first half, both teams returned for a fast-paced second half. Reno 1868 FC had 28 total shots on Saturday and converted one of them in the 71st minute.
Midfielder Seth Casiple scored his third goal of the season off a deflected shot to put Reno up 1-0. The goal came off USL Midseason Rookie of the Year Chris Wehan’s 8th assist of the year.
But Portland refused to go away and Gio Calixtro made it 1-1 just 12 minutes later in the 83rd minute.
Despite the loss, Reno 1868 FC remains in solid contention for a playoff spot and leads the USL with 42 goals this year.
The team travels to take on USL power Swope Park Rangers on July 30th (2 p.m.) in a clash of the USL’s top teams. That is the first of three road matches in the middle half of the country.
Reno returns home on Aug. 12 against San Antonio FC (7:30 p.m.).