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Fresno FC is guaranteed a home playoff match, but will they get two? What needs to happen

Playoffs are near for the Fresno FC pro soccer club.

The Foxes will host a playoff match on Oct. 26 against a team to be determined.

What is left for Fresno FC is to pick up a win and a Reno loss to secure another home match in the 10-team conference playoffs.

All the Foxes needed to do Saturday night to make that happen was get a home win and a loss by Reno 1868.

Neither happened. Fresno FC played to a 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy II in a USL Championship league match at Chukchansi Park. Reno came away with a 2-0 victory over Las Vegas. The Foxes sit in third place on the tiebreaker.

The Foxes snapped a three-match losing streak and picked up a point with the draw. Fresno FC and Reno each have 57 points going into the regular-season finale next weekend. Fresno is at fifth-place Orange County and Reno is home against 16th-place Tulsa.

To get a second home playoff match, Fresno needs a win and a Reno loss. Real Monarchs, in fourth place with 52 points, has two matches remaining.

Saturday’s match was seen by 7,752 fans – the third-largest crowd in club history on a night when fans held up signs saying “Stand Up To Cancer” (October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and “Stay In Fresno.”

The team might leave the city before the 2020 season begins if it can’t secure a soccer-only stadium in the area. Foxes officials have said they’d prefer to stay in downtown Fresno.

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