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Reno 1868 FC
Reno 1868 FC logo.svg
Full nameReno 1868 Football Club [1]
FoundedSeptember 16, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-09-16)
Stadium Greater Nevada Field
Owner Herbert Simon
Head coach Ian Russell
League USL Championship
20185th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
Website Club website
Current season

Reno 1868 FC is an American professional soccer team based in Reno, Nevada. Founded in 2015, the team made its debut in the USL Championship in March 2017.


Previously, northern Nevada has had three other professional minor league soccer teams: Reno Rattlers, Northern Nevada Aces, and Nevada Wonders. Nevertheless, Reno now has a large youth soccer base and growing popularity of the sport. On September 16, 2015, USL announced that they would expand to Reno, Nevada starting in 2017. The club would be owned by Herbert Simon. [2]

To generate interest and increased fan involvement with a successful acquisition of a team, the new "USL Reno 2017" team would be named through a contest. Over 5,300 entries were submitted during a lengthened initial contest portion, followed by fans choosing from amongst the top six names: Reno FC, FC Reno, Reno Silver FC, Reno City FC, Reno United, or Reno 1868. The fans response refined the contest down to three finalists—Reno FC, Reno United, and Reno 1868—with the winner being Reno 1868 Football Club, a nod to the founding year of the City of Reno. [3]

On June 29, 2016, Reno 1868 announced a two-year partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS. It was also stated that San Jose would have control over the technical side of the club. [4] The team hired Earthquakes Assistant Coach Ian Russell as Head Coach on November 22, 2016. [5] On February 10, 2018, San Jose and Reno announced an extension of their affiliate partnership deal through the end of the 2019 season, with an option for the 2020 season. [6] The club won their first ever playoff match on October 20, 2018, in an away match at Real Monarchs. [7]

Colors and crest

The colors of Reno 1868 FC are Nevada Cobalt Blue, Silver Grey, and Light Gold, all colors featured on the Flag of Nevada. "With all home matches played on green grass, all of the colors of the flag will be represented on matchdays in Reno." [8] Similar to the naming of the club, the color choices were fan-driven.

Reno 1868's crest was released on May 25, 2016, [9] with the first kit being released on June 11, 2016. [10] SpineNevada, a local spine care facility, has signed a multi-year agreement as the team's kit sponsors.

Kit suppliers and sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2017– Adidas SpineNevada


Reno 1868 FC plays its home matches at Greater Nevada Field in Reno, Nevada, also home to the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. Greater Nevada Field (formerly known as Aces Ballpark) is a 9,013-seat natural grass stadium. [11]


Reno 1868 FC's first independent supporters' group is known as the Battle Born Brigade. [12][ self-published source?] The group gets its name from the wording "Battle Born" featured on the Nevada state flag, a reference to Nevada gaining statehood during the Civil War.

Team records


As of October 21, 2017
Season USL Championship Play-offs U.S. Open Cup Top Scorer 1 Head Coach Team Captain(s)
P W L D GF GA Pts Pos Player Goals
2017 32 17 7 8 75 39 59 3rd, Western Conference Quarterfinals 3R Jamaica Dane Kelly 18 United States Ian Russell United States Jimmy Ockford
2018 34 16 7 11 56 38 59 5th, Western Conference Semifinals 3R Jamaica Brian Brown 16 United States Ian Russell

^ 1. Top Scorer includes statistics from league matches only.

Head coaches

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Play-offs and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Ian Russell  United States November 22, 2016 present 35 18 9 8 051.43

Average attendance

Year Regular season Playoffs
2017 5,559 4,342

Players and staff

Current roster

As of June 29, 2018 [13]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Russ Klabough   United States
2 Forward Sidney Rivera   United States
3 Forward Jochen Graf (on loan from Tampa Bay Rowdies)   United States
4 Defender Jordan Murrell   Canada
5 Defender Zach Carroll   United States
6 Defender Thomas Janjigian   United States
7 Midfielder Will Seymore (on loan from FC Cincinnati)   United States
8 Midfielder Guy Abend   Israel
9 Forward Mark Anthony Gonzalez   Canada
10 Midfielder Lindo Mfeka   South Africa
11 Midfielder Duke Lacroix   United States
16 Defender Brent Richards   United States
17 Midfielder Sam Gleadle   England
22 Forward Jerry van Ewijk   Netherlands
23 Defender Brenton Griffiths   Jamaica
29 Forward Antoine Hoppenot   United States
35 Goalkeeper Kyle Ihn   United States
84 Midfielder Seth Casiple   United States
99 Forward Brian Brown   Jamaica
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with MLS affiliate San Jose Earthquakes.

Out on loan

As of March 17, 2018 [14]
No. Position Player Nation
19 Midfielder Kevin Partida (on loan to San Jose Earthquakes)   United States

Current staff

Role Name Nation
Head coach Ian Russell  United States
Assistant coach Casey Tate  United States
Assistant coach Chris Malenab  United States
Head athletic trainer Steve Patera  United States


  1. ^ "Reno 1868 Football Club (FC) as the official name". Reno 1868 FC. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "USL Announces 2017 Expansion Club in Reno". Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "USL Reno 2017 Name the Team". Archived from the original on January 23, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Reno 1868 FC, San Jose Earthquakes agree to two-year affiliation". Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "1868 FC Unveils Russell as First Head Coach". November 22, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "NEWS: Earthquakes Extend Affiliate Partnership with Reno 1868 FC". San Jose Earthquakes. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  7. ^ "RENO 1868 FC WINS FIRST PLAYOFF MATCH IN CLUB HISTORY, ADVANCES TO CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS". Reno 1868. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Reno 1868 FC unveils team colors". Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "History in the Making as Liverpool FC U21s Visits Reno". Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Reno 1868 FC Unveils Inaugural Jerseys". Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "Greater Nevada Field". Reno 1868 FC. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Battle Born Brigade Facebook group".
  13. ^ "Reno 1868 FC Roster". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "Reno 1868 FC Roster". Retrieved February 19, 2017.

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