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Reno 1868 FC Makes History with Win Over L.A.

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Reno 1868 FC etched its name into the USL record books Monday night, with a 9-0 win over LA Galaxy II.

The win in front of 5,140 fans was the largest win in USL history and the game was in Reno’s hands from the start.

An own goal by LA Galaxy’s Castellanos made it 1-0 Reno in the third minute. Five minutes later, Dane Kelly scored his 13th goal this season off a Chris Wehan assist.

In the 11th minute, defender Jordan Murrell scored off a Seth Casiple assist, their first hookup of the night.

Reno entered halftime with a commanding 4-0 lead and did not stop after coming back onto the pitch.

Another Jordan Murell goal in the 49th minute, with another assist by Seth Casiple, made it 5-0 Reno 1868 FC.

In the 66th minute, Chris Wehan found Matt LaGrassa on a cross into the box and LaGrassa headed in Reno’s sixth goal of the night.

The goal tied Reno 1868 FC’s mark for most goals this season. 

The man of the match scored in the 76th minute (assist to Antoine Hoppenot) and 84th minute. That 8-0 lead tied the previous USL record set in an 8-0 win by VSI Tampa Bay against Antigua Barracuda FC in 2013.

Then in the 88th minute, Darwin Espinal etched Reno 1868 FC into the record books with Reno’s ninth goal of the night and his first in a Reno 1868 FC uniform.

Reno 1868 FC closes out their weekend with four USL points earned ahead of Saturday match against Liga MX side Atlas FC (7:30 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field). Tickets for that match are still available at Reno1868FC.com/Tickets.

Reno 1868 FC Postgame Quotes

Reno 1868 FC head coach Ian Russell

On making history…

“I don’t think this was something I planned for or thought about. It just shows that our team can score a lot of goals. We can get goals from any position. A lot of different players can score goals.”

On Darwin Espinal’s first goal being historic…

“Darwin is the type of player that has really good quality in moving forward. He’s electric, dangerous and that’s what he can bring.”

On exploding for nine goals after drawing in previous match…

“I think it was just one of those nights where everything kind of worked. It was one of those magical nights.”

Reno 1868 FC midfielder Chris Wehan

On win…

“Coach put one thing on the board tonight and it was ‘teamwork.’ He told us to move the ball and it showed out there. We were all sharing the love.”

On setting the new USL record…

“I think it shows that if we stick to the game plan, nights like tonight can happen.”

On scoring nine goals after a draw on Friday…

“I think we saved them all for tonight.”

Reno 1868 FC midfielder Matt LaGrassa

On putting up nine goals against LA Galaxy II…

“This team played excellent tonight and I think it showed out on the field.”

On netting a goal…

“We’ve been joking about it as a team. I mean I take a lot of shots and tonight I was able to find the back of the net. It felt good.”

On the fan support…

“They were unbelievable. All weekend they were fantastic. I think we gave the fans what they deserved tonight.”

Reno 1868 FC Press Release

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