Mathers 9.9
Charis Wilson

Sounders FC 2 earns point in 1-1 draw with Reno 1868 FC at Starfire Stadium


TUKWILA, WASH. - Midfielder Zach Mathers scored a goal in the first minute of the match, as Sounders FC 2 (9-15-3, 30 points) drew Reno 1868 FC (14-6-7, 49 points) 1-1 at Starfire Stadium on Saturday evening. Still 11th in the Western Conference, S2 hosts Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC next Saturday (7:00 p.m. PT / Live-streamed on

Saturday's fixture featured an incredible start for the Rave Green, with Mathers finding the back of the net in the opening minute. The second-year midfielder out of Duke delivered a well-struck shot on a free kick from the left flank, which blitzed through a crowded area and tucked inside the far post.

Reno 1868 FC equalized in the 38th minute on a goal by Brian Brown. From a corner kick, Brown was stationed at the near post, where he managed to tap in the equalizer on a scramble in front of the goal.

S2 had a few chances to break the deadlock in the second half. Moments after Seattle goalkeeper Tyler Miller managed a goal-line save in the 68th minute, Mathers' effort almost gave S2 the lead. Lorenzo Ramos then nearly scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute, but his volley was cleared by former Sounders FC defender Jimmy Ockford.

Despite a frenetic attack by a trio First Team players - Mathers, Henry Wingo and Seyi Adekoya - in the final minutes of the match, S2 was unable to convert a chance.

Four points below the postseason cutoff line, Ezra Hendrickson's side continues its three-match homestand against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC next Saturday evening. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. PT.


Seattle Sounders FC 2 |1 - 1| Reno 1868 FC
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Venue: Starfire Stadiumz
Referee: Mike Hohnholz
Assistants: Raul Sheran, Robert Gilbert
Fourth Official: Kelsey Harms
Attendance: 1,011
Weather: 64 degrees and cloudy


SEA - Zach Mathers 1'
RNO - Brian Brown 38'


RNO - Jimmy Ockford (caution) 21'
SEA - Rodrigue Ele (caution) 24'
RNO - Marc Pelosi (caution) 85'


Seattle Sounders FC 2 Tyler Miller; Denso Ulysse, Sam Rogers, Rodrigue Ele, Steve Whyte, Ray Saari, Calum Mallace (Lorenzo Ramos 41'), Zach Mathers, Henry Wingo, David Olsen (Guy Serge Edoa 73'); Felix Chenkam (Seyi Adekoya 64')

Substitutes not used: Sam Fowler, Charles Renken, Brian Nana-Sinkam, Javorn Stevens

Total shots: 19
Shots on goal: 3
Corner-kicks: 5  

Reno 1868 FC -  Matt Bersano; Jordan Murrell, Brenton Griffiths, Brent Richards, Jimmy Ockford, Matt LaGrassaLuis Fernandes (Dane Kelly 62'), Chris Wehan (Darwin Espinal 80'), Junior Burgos (Marc Pelosi 62'), Antoine Hoppenot; Brian Brown

Substitutes not used: Russ Klabough, Seth Casiple, Lindo Mfeka, Marc Pridham

 Total shots: 8
Shots on goal: 5
Corner-kicks: 5
Saves: 2