PORTLAND, OR – Coming off consecutive wins, T2 will face Reno 1868 FC Sunday at Providence Park; kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (Pacific). The match will be available on ESPN+ at ESPN.com/watch/espn.
T2 (2-10-0) will matchup against Reno 1868 FC (9-2-1) for the fourth and final time this season. Reno has won the first three contests, most recently defeating Portland 7-1 on September 5. Following a 3-2 home win against the Tacoma Defiance at Greater Nevada Field on September 17, Reno 1868 FC clinched a spot in the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs, moving three points clear of Sacramento Republic FC in the Group A standings with four games remaining. Former T2 striker Foster Langsdorf leads Reno in goals scored with seven in 12 appearances, ranking tied for ninth in the league. Midfielder Christiano François leads the team in assists, contributing five in 12 matches
Portland is coming off back-to-back victories and secured their first road win of the season against Real Monarchs SLC on September 16. The Monarchs led for most of the match before Marcus Epps tied it up 1-1 in the 60th minute. T2’s leading scorer Jorge Gonzalez delivered the game winning goal in the 79th minute for a final score of 2-1. Gonzalez has delivered three goals in the past two games, bringing his season total to five. This is the second time this season Gonzalez has scored in consecutive matches, accomplishing the feat August 15 against Reno and August 22 against Sacramento. Gonzalez also assisted on the game tying goal from Epps, recording his first of the year on the play. Epps’ goal was his second of the season. T2 forward Giovanni Calixtro assisted on the game winning goal to Gonzalez for his second of the season. Goalkeeper Jake Leeker has tallied seven saves over Portland’s last two matches while only allowing one goal.
T2 head coach Cameron Knowles was pleased with the result of the last match stating, “It was our best team performance of the year. The players showed tremendous character to come from behind, and great composure to finish their chances and manage the game appropriately.” Coach Knowles also touched on the upcoming match against Reno saying, “They have been our toughest opponent in the group, and they have a very strong team. That said, the group is confident and will be prepared for a good game against a top team.”
Following Sunday’s match, T2 will face the Tacoma Defiance on September 24 at Providence Park; kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Pacific), and the match will be available on ESPN+.