Match Recap: Cal United Strikers FC vs LA Force

Published Aug 23, 2021


A physical Saturday night match ends in a draw.


Santa Ana, CA – A physical matchup was on show Saturday night at Valley High School in Santa Ana.


LA Force and Cal United Strikers FC's history is well documented with both teams facing each other in the 2019 Western Conference Championship - a match that saw the first piece of silverware for Cal United Strikers FC.


Since then, the rivalry has been heated, with players switching sides over the years.


Saturday night saw another tense matchup between both So Cal teams as neither have lost so far this Fall 2021 NISA season.


Head Coach Don Ebert gave a debut to new signing Guilherme Farias, with Tony Lopez dropping to the bench.


After a cagey opening 10 minutes, the debutant Farias saw a shot go straight at the keeper after some good build up play.


The other recent signing, Alex Vedamanikam, then began to take over the proceedings in Santa Ana.


His first shot from around 20 yards out was straight at the keeper, but his constant running in behind the LA Force backline would be the theme in the half.


Vedamanikam's five shots in the half would be a team high and he'd count himself unlucky to not be on the scoresheet at the end of the half.


On the other end of the pitch, Hogbin and Fuerte continued their solid partnership from the previous weekend.


Hogbin has been impressive since the opening game, and his ability to deal with LA Force forward Christian Chaney was eye catching.


As the match wore on, more hard tackles started flying in.


One of the final plays of the half saw Vedamanikam through on goal, but a tough tackle from the LA Force defender saw him taken down, though the referee didn't feel there was enough for a penalty.




Farias and Hogbin in action vs LA Force.



The second half saw a couple changes with both Farias and Vedamanikam coming off for Tony Lopez and Minjae Kwak.


The 55th minute saw a goal for Cal United Strikers as a ball over the top was brilliantly taken down by defender Michael Bryant. Quick footwork saw him play forward Omar Nuno through, and he made no mistake from 10 yards out.


This is Omar's fourth goal of the season and his best return so far in Cal United Strikers colors.


Unfortunately, the lead didn't last long as LA Force immediately responded in the 62nd minute with a goal of their own.


A shot from distance saw them equalize and put the game back in balance.


Cal United Strikers didn't let up though, and a couple deflected shots from Bryan De La Fuente and Kwak weren't able to find the back of the net.


The end of the game saw Lopez nearly win it, but it wasn't to be.


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