Reno 1868 preps for playoff opener in Salt Lake City

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RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC will play Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday in Utah in the opening round of the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs.

Kickoff for the Western Conference quarterfinal is set for 2 p.m. PT at Zions Bank Stadium.

Reno and the Monarchs both played to wins to close out the regular season and both finished in the Top 5 in the USL’s Western Conference.

The fifth-seeded 1868 FC squad is on a roll heading into Saturday’s contest at Zions Bank Stadium. Reno closed out the regular season on a seven-match unbeaten streak, most recently beating top-seeded Orange County SC.

The Monarchs are coming off a 1-0 win over Fresno FC, which solidified a home playoff match for the 2017 USL regular season champions.

Reno and the Monarchs met twice in 2018, splitting the series at one match a piece. Reno took a 3-0 win back on July 3 at Greater Nevada Field, the club’s first win all-time against the Monarchs.

The Monarchs evened up the series at Zions Bank Stadium on Aug. 8 in a 2-1 come from behind win.

What: (4) Real Monarchs SLC v. (5) Reno 1868 FC

Where: Zions Bank Stadium (Herriman, Utah)

Kickoff: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2 p.m. PT