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Reno 1868 FC vs. Tacoma Defiance, recap: A hellish half

Five goals is a lot to give up in 45 minutes.

Things went very, very badly for the Tacoma Defiance Tuesday night in Reno. They were taken apart by Reno 1868 and their striker Daniel Muvoski in the first half. The backline could not contain Muvoski, who had 4 goals, and right back Brent Richards, who had three assists. In total Reno hung 5 goals on the Defiance in the first half.

At half coach Chris Little brought in a third centerback and switched the team’s formation to a 3-6-1 (3-3-3-1). It allowed the Defiance to stop the bleeding with sustained possession. They did not threaten to score — aside from a drawn and missed penalty early — in the second half but they also didn’t let Reno score again to limit the embarrassment to a 5-0 loss.

Key Moments

4’- Richards played a long curling ball to Musovski that beat both centerbacks. Josh Atencio attempted to recover but wasn’t able to catch up. Musovski took the ball down with a nice first touch and put it past a slow-to-react Jamie Lowell.

26’- Richards fed Muvoski again with an early cross. Atencio fell asleep and didn’t follow Muvoski’s run into the box and then Lowell came to try and catch it but was beaten to it badly by Muvoski who put it into the open net.

27’- On a Reno break Sam Rogers didn’t move over to track the run of Casiple into the box which left both Rogers and Atencio guarding the man with the ball, Muvoski, who easily slipped Seth Casiple in. Casiple converted his simple finish

30’- Muskovki chopped past Alex Villanueva in the box and hit a curler beyond Lowell from a tight angle for his hat trick

41’- Richards beat Hinds down the side and sent a cross into, who else, Muvoski who had drifted away from Atencio in the box and had a free header which he buried.

45+1’- There was a merciful halftime whistle to allow Little to adjust his tactics.

46’- Ever Rubio came on for Robinson and slid into the backline to give the Defiance three at the back.

47’- Justin Dhillon earned a penalty with a cutback in the corner of the box. His attempt was poor though and Matt Bersano easily saved and controlled it.

67’- Muvoski got in behind through the seam between Atencio and Rogers yet again, but hit his shot right at Lowell. It rebounded into a dangerous area and Luis Paradela had an open volley from 8 yards out but he sent it way over the bar.

69’- Reno got behind the Defiance backline on Atencio and Rogers’ side again but Sam Gleadle couldn’t control the ball out of the air and had to take it out wide. In the left corner he got the ball to Duke Lacriox who drove toward the box and found Lindo Mfeka with a cut back at the top of the box. Mfeka had a clear path at goal but let his shot fly on his second touch and sent it well over.

90+2’- The referee blew the final whistle after the least eventful final 20 minutes you will ever see.

Talking Points

The Defiance need their coach to put them in a position where success is possible

The Defiance are a developmental team; they don’t need to get a result every, or even most, weeks. What they need is for their coach to put them in a position where success is possible, not one where failure is predictable. Little did the latter on Tuesday night.

Against Reno the Defiance started Nick Hinds — a left back who still needs a fair amount of help defending out wide — with Alex Roldan — a player who doesn’t always provide his fullback with enough help when he is an attacking midfielder, especially on the left — in front of him. They also started a centerback pairing, Atencio and Rogers, who have looked very shaky playing together and a 17-year-old right back, Villanueva, making his first start. Last of all they gave Academy goalkeeper Lowell his second start at the USL Championship level. With player development as a top priority it makes sense to make one or two of those lineup choices for a match but when you do all of those make all of those lineup choices the match can easily turn to a chaos that helps none of the players develop, which is what happened in the first half tonight.


First Team call-up power rankings

(A quick explainer of my methodology: The rankings don’t take into account the roster situation of the First Team, so the player at #1 is the player not on a First Team contract most ready for MLS, not the player the Sounders need to fill out their roster. However, the player in Bold is the player most likely to be the first player given a contract by the Sounders taking into account their roster needs.)

  1. Shandon Hopeau (—)
  2. Denso Ulysse (—)
  3. Danny Robles (—)
  4. Marlon Vargas (—)
  5. Jesse Daley (—)

Match Stats


Tacoma Defiance I 0-5 I Reno 1868 FC

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Venue: Greater Nevada Field I Reno, Nevada

Referee: Victor Rivas

Assistants: Andrew Hanks, Conrado Garcia

Fourth Official: Jamie Padilla

Attendance: 3,616


RENO - Daniel Musovski (Brent Richards) 4’

RENO - Daniel Musovski (Brent Richards) 26’

RENO - Seth Casiple (Daniel Musovski) 27’

RENO - Daniel Musovski (Corey Hertzog) 30’

RENO - Daniel Musovski (Brent Richards) 41’


RENO - Will Seymore (caution) 74’


TAC - James Lowell; Alex Villanueva, Sam Rogers, Josh Atencio, Nick Hinds; Danny Leyva, Jesse Daley (Ray Serrano 76’), Herbert Robinson (Ever Rubio HT); Shandon Hopeau, Justin Dhillon, Alex Roldan (Chris Hegardt 61’)

Substitutes not used: Trey Muse, Denso Ulysse, Danny Robles, Austin Brummett

Total shots: 18

Shots on goal: 4

Fouls: 12

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 4

Saves: 5

RENO - Matt Bersano; Brent Richards, Benjamin Galindo, Thomas Janjigian, Duke Lacroix; Sam Gleadle (Raul Mendiola 72’), Will Seymore, Seth Casiple; Lindo Mfeka, Daniel Musovski (Nick Trianni 82’), Corey Hertzog (Louis Paradela 55’)

Substitutes not used: Damion Lewis, Nathan Aune, Emrah Klimenta, Aidan Apodaca

Total shots: 20

Shots on goal: 10

Fouls: 16

Offside: 2

Corner-kicks: 1

Saves: 4

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