Photo Credit:  Cal United Strikers FC

On September 22nd, Cal United Strikers FC played their first game of the NISA (National Independent Soccer Association) Fall Championship Playoff series in Michigan against the prestigious New York Cosmos.

Cal United Strikers came out on top with a 2-0 victory thanks to 16-year-old Shane Kaemerle’s first professional goal.  Teammate Christian Thierjung added a second goal to finish off the game.

Kaemerle recently signed his first professional contract with the team after playing for local Irvine club soccer team Strikers FC.  Cal United Strikers FC is the club’s professional affiliate.  The team has a number of other homegrown Irvine athletes — including Woodbridge High School graduate Shinya Kadono and Christian Thierjung, who along with Kaemerle, played for the Strikers FC Irvine Youth Club.

Cal United Strikers play their NISA home games at the Championship Stadium at the Orange County Great Park.  NISA competes as the third tier of professional soccer in the US, under Major League Soccer (MLS – tier 1) and the United Soccer League (USL – tier 2).

For more information on Cal United Strikers, including upcoming games that you can watch online for free, visit their website by clicking here. You can also follow them on Instagram here, and on Facebook here.

The OC Great Park Championship Stadium also plays host to fellow local professional soccer team, Orange County Soccer Club (USL – tier 2).

Joel Smith