Reno 1868 FC's 2019 home season will start against the final opponent it played in 2018.
In a rematch of the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs Western Conference semifinal, Reno 1868 FC will open at home against Orange County SC on March 9 at Greater Nevada Field. Orange County SC bumped Reno 1868 FC out of the playoffs last season.
The USL Championship’s home openers were revealed in full Friday as fans of the league’s 36 clubs got their first glimpse of the 2019 campaign, with an opening day of games that includes inaugural home matches for four expansion franchises.
Reno took the regular-season series against Orange County SC with a 3-1 win back on Oct. 13 at Greater Nevada Field. Reno drew against Orange County earlier the year in Irvine. Orange County got its revenge in the playoffs, knocking Reno out of the second round with a 1-0 win in Irvine. Reno is 3-2-1 against Orange County all-time.
In addition to the March 9 home opener, one of Reno's away fixtures was revealed Friday. Reno will play at Fresno FC on March 23. Reno will be looking for its first win against Fresno as both teams drew in both meetings in 2018.
The full Reno 1868 FC schedule as well as the kickoff time for the March 9 match is slated to be released at a later date. Pro soccer returns to Greater Nevada Field on Feb. 9 as Reno will host the MLS' San Jose Earthquakes in a friendly at Greater Nevada Field at 12:15 p.m.