September 28, 2020: Cal United Strikers vs Chattanooga FC

September 28, 2020
2020 NISA Fall Tournament Group Stage, Game Eleven
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI

Chattanooga FC 1, Cal United Strikers 1
CFC Brian Bement (Darwin Lom) 12′
CAL Omar Nuno (Evan Waldrep) 32′

Yellow Cards:
Cameron Woodfin (CFC) 79′
Kyle Carr (CFC) 85′

Like Group A, every team in Group B has a chance to advance today with positive results.  Chattanooga has 4 pts, Cal United and Los Angeles Force each have 3 points, and the New York Cosmos have a point.

Chattanooga made four changes to the starting eleven from their previous draw against the Cosmos.  Wilfred Williams, Juan Hernandez, Jose Feraz, and Ian McGrath made way for Clayton Adams, Sean Hoffstatter, Darwin Lom, and Ryan Marcano.


Chattanooga FC
Alec Reddington – Keeper
Nick Spielman – Defender
Kyle Carr – Defender
Shaun Russell – Defender
Cameron Woodfin – Defender
David Koloko – Defender
Clayton Adams – Midfielder
Sean Hoffstatter – Midfielder
Ryan Marcano – Midfielder
Darwin Lom – Foward
Brian Bement – Forward

Three line-up changes were made for Cal United from their 3-2 loss against the Los Angeles Force.  Gonzalo Salguero, Evan Waldrep, and Omar Nuno started in place of Ikaika Fuerte, Shane Kaemerle, and Duncan Capriotti.


Cal United Strikers
Steven Barrera – Keeper
Gonzalo Salguero – Defender
Christopher Klute – Defender
Ayden Bowers – Defender
Kevin Garcia-Lopez – Defender
Abraham Villon – Midfielder
Michael Bryant – Midfielder
Evan Waldrep – Midfielder
Omar Nuno – Forward
Christian Thierjung – Forward
Shinya Kadono – Forward

It was a wet start to the game, as autumn rain fell on Keyworth.  In the 12th minute, Darwin Lom cut in from his run with the ball along the far side, and put a pass behind the Strikers’ defenders that Brian Bement ran onto and fired past Steven Barrera to give Chattanooga the early lead.  After that, the play opened up with chances on both sides of the dampening pitch.

In the 32nd minute, Omar Nuno scored this, his second goal of the tournament, redirecting Evan Waldrep’s shot from just outside the box.

Both teams having found the back of the net, the rain didn’t stop the intensity of the match.

Chattanooga opened the second half subbing Juan Hernandez in for Clayton Adams.  In the 71st minute, Cal United introduced Kyle O’Brien into the match for Abraham Villon.  Chattanooga countered in the 73rd minute when goal scorer Brian Bement made way for Ian McGrath.  Christopher Marshall replaced Darwin Lom in the 83rd minute for Chattanooga and Cal United followed in the 85th minute with Tony Lopez swapping in for Evan Waldrep.  No one could break the plane of the goal so the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Chattanooga had 5 points in the group stage, and Cal United had 4.  With Chattanooga’s place secure, only a draw or a Cosmos victory over Los Angeles by less than 4 goals would advance Cal United into the semi-finals.

The complete tournament’s page is HERE.

With the rain letting up and the sun peaking out in time to set between the matches, the traditional rainbow appeared behind the Supporters Section of Keyworth Stadium.

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