Reno 1868 FC's Kevin Partida, Christiano Francois make All-USL team

Kevin Partida
Kevin Partida was named second-team All-USL. (David Calvert/Reno 1868 FC)

Reno 1868 FC standouts Kevin Partida and Christiano Francois made the USL Championship's all-league second team.

The midfielders are the fifth and sixth players in Reno’s history to be named to an all-league team, which includes Corey Hertzog making second team last season. Both players posted career years in 2020, with the duo starting every game of the season.

The 25-year-old Partida dominated defensively in the central midfield role, leading the team in duels won with 96, placing second in tackles with 37 and fourth in interceptions with 21. The Sparks native also scored a career-high four goals. He also was second on the team in total passes and sixth in key passes.

Francois was the key to Reno 1868 FC's offensive attack. The winger finished third on the team in goals with six and led in assists with eight. The Haitian was one of two players in the league to finish the regular season with six or more goals and six or more assists. The eight assists were a career best and the third-most in a single season in club history despite the condensed season.

This is the second time in club history that Reno has had multiple players on an all-league team. In 2017, Dane Kelly and Chris Wehan made the first team while Jimmy Ockford made the second team.

Championship All-League First Team

GK – Ben Lundt, Louisville City FC

D – Forrest Lasso, Tampa Bay Rowdies

D – Kalen Ryden, New Mexico United

D – Sean Totsch, Louisville City FC

D – Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

M – Bruno Lapa, Birmingham Legion FC

M – Speedy Williams, Louisville City FC

F – Solomon Asante, Phoenix Rising FC

F – Cameron Lancaster, Louisville City FC

F – Augustine Williams, LA Galaxy II

Championship All-League Second Team

GK – Brandon Miller, Charlotte Independence

D – Leland Archer, Charleston Battery

D – Alex Crognale, Birmingham Legion FC

D – Neveal Hackshaw, Indy Eleven

D – Jordan Scarlett, Tampa Bay Rowdies

M – Christiano Francois, Reno 1868 FC

M – Kevin Partida, Reno 1868 FC

M – Chris Wehan, New Mexico United

F – Rufat Dadashov, Phoenix Rising FC

F – Dane Kelly, Charlotte Independence

F – Tyler Pasher, Indy Eleven

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