1904 FC Plays Home Opener Against Cal United
San Diego 1904 FC played its first home match of the NISA Spring 2020 season to a 0-0 draw against conference champions California United Strikers at Lincoln High School this past Sunday.
The game started off slow with both teams getting used to the turf conditions at Lincoln High. Cal United almost opened the score in the 12th minute on a free kick that was well saved by goalkeeper Jean Antoine (21).
Two minutes later, 1904 midfielder Christian Enriquez (8) took his chance from 30 yards out, but Cal United’s goalkeeper was there to make the diving stop.
After a few other chances for both clubs, the sides went into halftime scoreless.
The second half began much better for 1904 who seemed to really start controlling the pace of the game. Head coach Alex Gontran made a double substitution in the 56th minute. Eder Arreola (13) and Felipe Liborio (7) came into the game, replacing Alexis Velela (2) and Enriquez respectively.
A minute later in the 57th, Billy Garton’s (19) shot from outside the box bounced off the crossbar and right into the waiting Tito Ramirez (9) who knocked it home. Unfortunately the celebration was short lived, as the referee signaled the striker offside. The decision was not a correct one as the 1904 forward was onside and the goal should have given 1904 a 1-0 lead.
In the last 15 minutes of play, 1904 pushed to open the score, but chances by captain Ozzie Ramos (4) at the 76th, Mac Clarke (3), and Liborio at the fourth minute of stoppage weren’t enough, as the match ended in a scoreless draw.
1904 FC will get another shot at Cal United when the clubs face off again once more at Irvine’s Championship Stadium this Saturday, March 14.
21 – Jean Antonie
3 – Mac Clarke
29 – Joseph Perez
6 – Dallin Cutler
2 – Alexis Velela
4 – Ozzie Ramos
8 – Christan Enriquez
19 – Billy Garton
25 – Don Tchilao
9 – Tito Ramirez Jr.
10 – Moe Espinoza