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Abend Makes Move to 1868 FC

By Staff, 12/07/17, 4:43PM EST


2017 USL Cup-winner with Louisville heads west for 2018 season

Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC

RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC announced on Thursday the club had signed midfielder Guy Abend to a one-year contract. The signing is pending league and federation approval. 

“I’m very happy to join Reno next season,” Abend said. “I’m excited to be a part of this project and really looking forward to working with Ian, the staff and the lads.

“I can’t wait to get on the pitch at Greater Nevada Field and play in front of our fans. Let’s do work and make it one to remember.” 

A central midfielder, Abend arrives in Reno having most recently helped Louisville FC claim the 2017 USL Cup last month. Abend spent the past three seasons in Louisville, where he made 63 appearances and recorded six goals.

“Guy is a technical, holding midfielder,” Reno Head Coach Ian Russell said. “He will bring a physical presence to the game next season.”

A native of Israel, the 27-year-old Abend was a regular starter with Louisville FC during the club’s championship season. Abend made 23 starts in his 27 appearances in the 2017 season, and averaged 58 passes per 90 minutes at an accuracy rate of 81.1 percent, while also recording 16 key passes. Defensively, he notched 39 interceptions and won 23 of 33 tackles while also recording 30 clearances.

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