RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC captain Brent Richards headed home to be with family after the announcement of the suspension of the USL Championship season, and thinks it’s been good for him to be around his parents while socially distancing in the current climate.
But in addition to the social aspect of having human interaction every day, he’s also been getting to work around the house, helping his dad with projects and adding to his skillset as a craftsman.
“My parents have gotten into gardening quite a bit the last several years, and my dad’s been a carpenter his whole life and he loves projects and building things. Since he’s not working right now he needed a project to do, so we built a greenhouse,” Richards told Reno’s official new podcast “Off The Pitch” and host Stephanie Serrano recently. “I’ve been trying to learn things from him over the years about carpentry and that sort of stuff, so it was a good, fun learning experience for me. We got it all done, we got some tomatoes in there right now, so hopefully we’ll get a good crop there this year.”
As with players across the Championship, Richards is still getting daily work in to try and remain as sharp as possible for when the season resumes. He’s also staying in touch with teammates through group text messaging and regular team Zoom calls each week, which is keeping the squad connected.
“We’re trying to stay positive,” he said. “We want to be playing games right now. We had a long offseason last year, three months off after we were out of the playoffs in the first round, so we were itching to get back at it. So, to have that delayed is a bummer, but obviously we understand.”