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Tommy Thompson's penalty kick lifts Reno 1868 FC over Real Monarchs in preseason finale

Tommy Thompson's penalty kick lifts Reno 1868 FC over Real Monarchs in preseason finale

Reno 1868 FC closed out the preseason at Greater Nevada Field with a 1-0 win over defending Western Conference champs, Real Monarchs SLC on Wednesday night.

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute to help capture the late, narrow win over the Monarchs. Thompson headlined an Earthquakes-heavy lineup Wednesday as Reno found multiple ways to gel more as a club a week out of its regular season opener.

Wednesday’s match was primarily a defensive grind between Reno and Salt Lake City with San Jose’s most recent Homegrown goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski making multiple saves and keeping the clean sheet for 1868 FC.

The Homegrown Player rule is a Major League Soccer program that allows MLS teams to sign local players from their own development academies directly to MLS first team rosters.

Reno had multiple chances in both halves but couldn’t find the net off of half a dozen headed attempts.

Thompson’s converted PK sealed a well-earned win for Reno heading into their USL regular season opener against Swope Park Rangers on March 17 at 4 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field.

Tickets for that match are available at Reno1868FC.com/Tickets. The first 1,868 fans will receive a leprechaun hat in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Saturday’s regular-season opener is presented by Reno News & Review and Dolan Auto Group.

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