Courtesy of Reno 1868 FC
RENO, Nev. – In a special ceremony at halftime of the match with Portland Saturday evening, Reno 1868 FC midfielder Matheus Silva met with the rescuers who helped pull him from the water at Zephyr Cove Resort in the July 4.
Silva greeted the first responders and individuals who aided in his rescue as the crowd at Greater Nevada Field rose for a standing ovation.
Among those honored were Carson Valley resident and Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Todd Moss, Tahoe Douglas Fire Captain Chris Lucas and Tahoe Douglas Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Robidart.
Reno 1868 FC earned a much-needed point and remained unbeaten for the fifth-straight match after tying Portland Timbers 2 Saturday night.
Reno tied 1-1 with Portland in front of 6,027 fans on a night filled with emotion.
After a scoreless first half, both teams returned for a fast-paced second half. Reno 1868 FC had 28 total shots on Saturday and converted one of them in the 71st minute.
Midfielder Seth Casiple scored his third goal of the season off a deflected shot to put Reno up 1-0. The goal came off USL Midseason Rookie of the Year Chris Wehan’s 8th assist of the year.
But Portland refused to go away and Gio Calixtro made it 1-1 just 12 minutes later in the 83rd minute.
Despite the draw, Reno 1868 FC remains in solid contention for a playoff spot and leads the USL with 42 goals this year.
The team travels to take on USL power Swope Park Rangers on July 30th (2 p.m.) in a clash of the USL’s top teams. That is the first of three road matches in the middle half of the country.
Reno returns home on Aug. 12 against San Antonio FC (7:30 p.m.).
CVT contributing photographer Ron Harpin sent in the photos below from the ceremony.