Midfielder Raul Mendiola became the eighth Reno 1868 FC player to earn USL Team of the Week honors in 2019. Mendiola was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 20, which featured a pair of road wins over OKC Energy FC and LA Galaxy II. Mendiola recorded the game-tying assist against OKC Energy FC, and his assist on midfielder Seth Casiple’s goal in the 70th minute made the difference in a narrow 2-1 victory over LA.
Earthquakes defender Kevin Partida, midfielder Siad Haji, and Homegrown Players JT Marcinkowski (GK), Jacob Akanyirige (D) and Gilbert Fuentes (M) were all featured in the Starting XI in Reno’s midweek defeat to Orange County SC on Wednesday, July 24 at Orange County Soccer Complex. Forward Corey Hertzog scored Reno’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 58th minute, marking his 10th goal for Reno since joining at the beginning of the season.
Reno rebounded from their midweek defeat with a 4-0 victory over Colorado Switchbacks FC on Saturday, July 27 at Greater Nevada Field, improving their league record to 12-5-5 this season. Reno are second in the Western Conference and three points behind leaders Phoenix Rising FC. Earthquakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and defender Kevin Partida were featured in the Starting XI. Midfielder Siad Haji entered the match as a substitute in the 81st minute.
Mendiola was credited with the assist on Reno’s first two goals of the match scored by Hertzog in the 18th minute and Duke Lacroix in the 27th minute. Mendiola has recorded four assists in his last four matches and is tied for second in the USL Championship in assists with seven. Hertzog is now tied for fourth in the league with 11 goals.
Already ahead by two goals, midfielder Lindo Mfeka further doubled Reno’s lead in the second half with a pair of goals in the 51st and 69th minute. Mfeka is now at four goals this season.
Reno 1868 FC are back on the road for their second match of the season against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday, August 3 (5:30 p.m. PST) at H-E-B Park.