Reno 1868 FC's match Wednesday against the Tacoma Defiance has been postponed a day after a Tacoma member tested positive for COVID-19.
The game will be played at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Greater Nevada Field. Reno would clinch a playoff spot with a win or draw against Tacoma.
"Reno will continue to follow all league, local and state health and wellness protocols, and look forward to playing on Thursday," the organization said in a statement.
Reno 1868 FC currently sits atop the standings in Group A with 25 points. The point total is tied with Sacramento, but Reno holds tiebreakers in total wins and goal differential and has a game in hand. Reno is 2-0-0 against Tacoma in 2020, with a win before the COVID-19 shutdown (3-1) and a win after it (2-1). Reno is 5-0-3 all-time against Tacoma, which is 2-1-7 this season.
Reno enters the match on a five-game unbeaten streak.
“We’ve got to handle business at home,” head coach Ian Russell said. “It’s a big game for us, it’s our game in hand. If we can win and get three points it’s going to put us in a really good position.”
Forward Foster Langsdorf has scored in five straight games, bringing his total to a team-leading six. The five-game streak is the second-longest in club history behind Dane Kelly’s six-game streak from 2017.
Thursday's game will air locally on Nevada Sports Net and nationally on ESPN+.
Reno adds midfielder
Reno 1868 also added midfielder Justin Sokuw on Tuesday, pending league and federation approval. The Texas native started 20 games for Loyola Chicago in 2019. He also played at South Carolina. At Loyola, Sukow finished with nine goals and five assists in 20 games for the Ramblers. He earned Third-Team All-West Region honors, as well as First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference.