Match Recap: Cal United Strikers FC vs Stumptown AC

Published Aug 31, 2021


Cal United Strikers FC notches their first loss of the season on the road to Stumptown AC.


Matthews, NC – Cal United Strikers FC notched their first loss of the 2021 NISA Fall season on the road in North Carolina.


After 3 games undefeated, with draws against the top two teams from the Spring 2021 season (Detroit City FC and LA Force), there was a lot of confidence heading into their fourth game of the season.


Head Coach Don Ebert brought in midfielder Felipe Liborio Jr back into the starting eleven, while forward Minjae Kwak was given a start after three promising performances from the bench this season.


Cal United Strikers' season has seen the partnership between forwards Omar Nuno and Christian Thierjung flourish in the opening 3 games.


That partnership was in full effect in the opening sequences of the game, with Nuno almost getting on the end of the cross from Thierjung.


The second minute saw a fantastic through ball played from midfield by Nuno into Thierjung's feet, and he notched his first goal of the season to give the visitors an early lead.


Stumptown almost responded immediately, but their effort was saved by Steven Barrera, who started his fifth game in a row for Cal United Strikers FC.


Unfortunately, great build up by the Stumptown midfield saw their forward Sosa put the ball in the net in the 15th minute.


Kwak tried to respond with an effort of his own, but his effort was dragged wide.


The 35th minute saw Stumptown AC take the lead with Stripling getting on the end of a cross from a short corner.


Midfielder Bryan De La Fuente almost had an opportunity, but his chance was denied by the Stumptown goalkeeper.


Halftime saw Don Ebert make a few changes, with Araneda and Lopez coming on to add physicality in the midfield


It almost paid off as Nuno was denied a fifth of the season by an acrobatic save from the Stumptown keeper.


New signing Guilherme Farias was subbed on, and he saw a chance also saved.


Despite a late push, Stumptown's defensive line handled everything Cal United Strikers threw at them.


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