RENO, NV (KOLO) - 'Beat Vegas', it's a simple phrase that applies to a number of teams across Northern Nevada. But tomorrow Reno 1868 FC will try its luck right at Greater Nevada Field to get a positive result against the Las Vegas Lights.
"I think it's really big. Northern Nevada versus Southern Nevada. It's big for us. There's nothing better really than the Silver State Cup so hoping to come out with 3 points and make sure we bring it home," said midfielder Seth Casiple.
Los Azules have a couple of advantages going into the match. On paper, Reno 1868 is the better club sitting in 7th place in the western conference standings, while Vegas would just be out of the playoff picture if the season ended today. The second advantage Reno has comes from a personnel standpoint. This past offseason Los Azules acquired one of the Lights best players in Raul Mendiola. He says he's looked forward to this match for quite some time.
Mendiola added "I have to be honest but it is another match. It could go any other way. We have prepared. The staff has done a good job, the players are focused, so we're going to go out there and try to get a win."
"He's let us know about a couple of their players, giving us little habits that they have, but we're really focused on ourselves. We know if we come out and work hard and we do what we want to do we'll get a result," said Seth Casiple about his team's approach.
Reno 1868 took the Cup last year after a win and a couple draws, but head coach Ian Russell says this year's Lights' team is completely different.
"Everyone can handle the ball. They do try to play. Last year they were very direct. We have some ways we're going to go about things that we think are going to be effective so we'll see how it goes tomorrow night."
Reno and Las Vegas battle Saturday at 7:15 p.m. from Greater Nevada Field.
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