Saint Louis FC Will Take On Red-Hot Reno 1868 FC Saturday Night
Saint Louis FC travels to Nevada this weekend to take on Reno 1868 FC Saturday night in Reno.
Reno 1868 sits in fourth on the USL West table with a record of 10-3-7.
Saint Louis FC is tied for 12th place in the conference with a 5-6-8 record.
Kickoff on Saturday evening in Reno is set for 9:30 pm CT. The match can be seen on the ESPN+ streaming service and in the St. Louis area on KPLR 11.
Last Time Out
Loanee Pierre Da Silva struck for the Chupacabras in the 79th minute at World Wide Technology Soccer Park last weekend against Orange County SC. The goal drew STLFC even with Orange County and earned each team a point in the 2-2 draw.
Reno extended its unbeaten streak to 16 games with a 4-1 win over LA Galaxy II back on July 10th. They have not played a USL game since, with a friendly against Monarcas Morella of Liga MX its only soccer since.
What To Expect From STLFC
While Aedan Stanley was a late substitute last weekend and only spent two minutes on the pitch, the Chupacabras will be completely without the youngster for the rest of the season. Stanley departed for Duke University last weekend to begin his collegiate career.
With Stanley unable to start against Orange County, fans got a glimpse of what a post-Stanley lineup will look like for Anthony Pulis. Austin Ledbetter, whose start last weekend was just his second start of the season, is one player who could see more playing time as the season moves forward.
STLFC fans may also see the last of Pierre Da Silva this Saturday. The midfielder was picked up on a two-match loan from Orlando City last week and is set to return there after this weekend. In his second Saint Louis FC match of the season last weekend, here was also with the team for a lone match earlier in the season, Da Silva added an interesting dynamic to the Chupacabra midfield with his ball handling and crosses. The 19-year old scored the equalizer for the home side and was named the Pleats Man of the Match.
Wouldn’t the youngster being better suited playing minutes for Anthony Pulis rather than spending minutes on the bench or in the stands for James O’ Connor? We can only hope that Ant makes a phone call or sends a text to his friend.
After starting the team’s first 19 USL games, Sam FInk and Lewis Hilton were both absent from the Starting XI against Orange County. Fink was a substitute in second half stoppage time, but Hilton received the night off and watched the match from the stands. Could Coach Pulis be experimenting with his lineup? Will Fink and Hilton return to the lineup this Saturday?
We might not find out until Saturday night.
Pulis didn’t give any hints about his lineup in this week’s edition of Buggin’ The Coaches from Blue Chip Pest Control, but you can watch it below.
Tickle Your Earholes
Want to hear more Saint Louis FC talk? Chupacabra fans are quite lucky to have a couple of great audio options.
Check out the latest episode of This Is Silly! podcast from the St. Louligans. Yes, when they aren’t doing cool things like raising $1,021 for the Missouri Humane Society they put together a podcast. Mitch sat down with Aedan Stanley before he left for Duke and has the full interview on this week’s episode.
St. Louis radio station The Big 550 KTRS airs FC Soccer Weekly from 7 – 9 pm on Friday nights. Hear STLFC talk from former head coach Dale Schilly, current head coach Anthony Pulis, general manager Jeremy Alumbaugh, players and more. Listen online at KTRS.com,
** UPDATE **
Listen to Friday night’s epsiode of FC Soccer Weekly below.
Scouting Greater Nevada Field
Reno 1868 FC plays its home matches at Greater Nevada Field in Reno. The baseball stadium is the home of the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. The field seats just over 9,000 for soccer, with Reno 1868 averaging 5,559 fans through nine matches this season.
Tickets for Saturday night’s match start at $15 for Standing Room Only tickets. The club is offering a 4 For $44 ticket package that includes four tickets to the match as well as four Wienerschnitzel combo meals at the stadium.
Scouting Reno 1868 FC
Reno holds the longest unbeaten streak in the league this season at 16. They have not lost since a 4-0 setback to Colorado Springs back in April and have also won their last five matches.
Brian Brown leads the team with eight goals in 18 appearances this season and Antoine Hoppenot leads the team with eight assists. The pair definitely work well together on the pitch.
21-year old goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski has played 17 of Reno’s 20 matches this season in goal and recorded 4 clean sheets.
Watch Bryan Samudio and Alex Maguiles break down Reno’s 16-match unbeaten streak below.
Chupacabras Return Home August 4 To Take On Seattle Sounders 2
Saint Louis FC returns to Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park next Saturday, August 4 to take on Seattle Sounders 2. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased in advance online at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
Join The St. Louligans At Kirkwood Station Saturday
Want to watch soccer with friends on Saturday night? Join the St. Louligans at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company to watch Saint Louis FC take on Reno 1868 FC. The supporters group hosts tailgates before every STLFC home match and viewing parties for every away match. RSVP to the Watch Party on Facebook.
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