The pandemic has caused another American soccer casualty. One of the USL Championship’s more successful clubs, Reno 1868, announced Friday that it was ceasing operations and folding immediately. Reno posted a winning record in each of its four seasons and finished with the best overall record during the second-tier circuit’s 2020 regular season.
“This isn’t the way we saw 2020 going,” club president Eric Edelstein said in a written statement. “Today we find ourselves in a world-wide community beset by a pandemic and we are unexpectedly forced to make a tough decision. I am heartbroken to let go of Reno 1868 FC and I apologize to all who are disappointed that we are ending our participation in the USL Championship.