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Energy FC back home after epic comeback at Reno

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Energy FC returns home Saturday night after its largest comeback in club history in its last outing at Reno.

Energy FC trailed 3-0 in the match and 3-1 heading into the second-half stoppage time but scored in the 92nd minute and the 94th minute to achieve a 3-3 tie and pick up a point in the USL standings.

Christian Eissele scored first on an assist from Omar Gordon then the two flipped roles on the second goal, with Gordon scoring and Eissele providing the assist.

“It’s all about the lion in us,” Gordon said. “It showed us that we can score goals at any time. The guys work hard, fight and always play until the final whistle.”

Gordon’s play earned him a selection on the USL Championship’s Team of the Week.

“He comes in every single day and puts his work in,” Energy FC coach Steve Cooke said. “What people don’t see is he has a real toughness about him. He’s got a real desire to be successful and win games, and I think in the last half-hour against Reno he was a real spark for us.”

Goalkeeper Cody Laurendi made three saves late in the match to make the comeback possible.

“It just shows you never give up in anything,” Cooke said. “I think to claw back, especially the two goals in extra time, was absolutely top quality by the guys.”

The rally against Reno prevented an O-2 road trip and now Energy FC (2-1-1) gets its second home match of the young season Saturday night against Portland Timbers 2 (2-1-1).

“With Portland you are always in for a tough game because not only are they well-organized, but they are very good with the ball and are tough to play against and have some real attacking threats,” Cooke said. “So we expect a great game and hopefully one we can get on top of.”

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ENERGY FC VS. PORTLAND TIMBERS 2

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Taft Stadium

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