California United Strikers FC

California United Strikers FC is an American professional soccer club based in Orange County, California.

California United FC
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Full nameCalifornia United Strikers Football Club
FoundedMay 10, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-05-10)
StadiumChampionship Soccer Stadium
Irvine, California
OwnerBronwyn & Pete Capriotti
PresidentMichael Collins
Head coachDon Ebert
LeagueNational Independent Soccer Association
Fall 20212nd Place
WebsiteClub website
Current season


The club was founded by Bronwyn & Pete Capriotti and Michael Collins, who have had connections to the adult amateur United Premier Soccer League.

California United FC intended to join the North American Soccer League (NASL) as an expansion franchise for the 2018 season. However, due to the instability of the league, California United withdrew its franchise agreement from NASL in early 2018 and announced that it was exploring all professional league options for the 2019 season. On November 15, 2018, the club was announced as a participant in the 2019 NPSL Founders Cup and as a founding member of a new league to being in 2020.[1]

On March 2, 2019, the team tweeted out their intention to withdraw from the NPSL and NPSL Founders Cup.[2] Three months later, on June 10, 2019, the team was accepted into the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) as a member for the league's inaugural season.[3]

The club participated in the Western Conference NISA championship in Fall 2019. On November 10, 2019, the team won the 2019 NISA Western Conference championship.[4]

Players and staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of April 2, 2022[5]
No. Position Player Nation
0 GK Steven Barrera   United States
2 DF Gonzalo Salguero   United States
3 DF Aydan Bowers   United States
4 DF Garrett Hogbin   United States
5 DF Xavier Ikaika Fuerte   United States
6 MF Duncan Capriotti   United States
7 MF Luis Garcia Sosa   Mexico
8 FW Tony Lopez   United States
9 FW Omar Nuño   Mexico
10 MF Gustavo Villalobos   United States
11 MF Shane Kaemerle   United States
12 DF Marc Bermudez   United States
13 MF Felipe Liborio Jr.   United States
14 FW Andy Contreras   United States
16 FW Christian Thierjung   United States
17 DF Brady Treinen   United States
18 MF Leonel Alvarenga   United States
19 MF Bay Kurtz   United States
20 MF Caleb Suh   United States
21 MF Francis Jacobs (on loan from Orange County SC)   United States
22 DF Kevin Garcia-Lopez   United States
23 MF Shinya Kadono   Japan
24 DF Joseph Patrick Pérez   United States
25 MF Guilherme Farias   Brazil
29 FW Marcus Lee   United States
30 FW Bryan Medina   United States
33 GK Jean Gamain Antoine   Haiti

Marcus Lee[6]Edit


Season League Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Name League
2019–20 NISA Fall - West Coast[a] 2nd 6 2 3 1 13 9 9 Champions Second Round   Christian Thierjung 6   Don Ebert
Spring[b] 2nd 2 1 1 0 1 0 4 Cancelled
  1. ^ The Fall 2019 NISA season had eight teams split into two separate conferences, East Coast and West Coast
  2. ^ Spring season cancelled before completion[7]

California United FC IIEdit

California United maintains a second Team which participates in the Pro Premier division of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). The team played as the L.A. Wolves FC in the 2017 UPSL Spring Season, then as OC Invicta in the 2017 UPSL Fall Season. Both teams were coached by Eric Wynalda and both were crowned UPSL National Champions in each season. In the Fall 2018 season, under the California United FC II name, the team went undefeated(13–0–0) and won a third UPSL National Championship.[8][9]

Additionally, as L.A. Wolves FC the team placed third in the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) 2017 National Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The club also maintains an academy team in Irvine, called the Irvine Strikers.


  1. ^ "Eleven Founding Members To Launch A New League In Association With The National Premier Soccer League". Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Out of Their League: California United Strikers drop out of NPSL, Founders Cup". Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Kivlehan, Chris (June 11, 2019). "Miami FC, Cal United Accepted Into NISA, Pro Soccer For Baton Rouge & Other News From NISA Board of Governors Meeting". Midfield Press. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "California United Strikers Defeat LA Force in PKs".
  5. ^ "Roster". Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  7. ^ Kennedy, Paul. "NISA cancels spring season, sets sights on August start to fall championship". Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "California United FC II Wraps Up Unbeaten UPSL Fall Season with Championship". Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "CALIFORNIA UNITED FC II CROWNED UPSL FALL CHAMPIONS • SoccerToday". SoccerToday. February 14, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.

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