By Ljeon Cacevic/Michigan Stars FC
Michigan Stars FC played its first game for Members Cup away against Chattanooga FC
at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The game resulted in a 1-1 tie where
NPSL Midwest Region XI midfielder Steven Juncaj scored in the seventh minute of the
The match had to come to a stop due to poor weather conditions in the 15th minute.
Once the lightning had passed the referee resumed the game at approximately 8:45 pm
with both teams taking advantage of a 10-minute warm-up.
Shots were fired left and right to Chattanooga and vice versa. But unfortunately, one of
the Stars defenders deflected the ball to one of the opposing players’ chest and goal.
At approximately the 35th minute another weather delay took place due to lightning and
extremely heavy rain, forcing the referees to stop the match again. Moments later,
security asked all of the fans to gather their things and to wait in the concourse until
further notice. While many people were assuming that the game might be cancelled and
postponed due to poor weather conditions, the storm passed away and the referees
resumed the game.
Michigan Stars came back and shots were fired at the Chattanooga goalkeeper and vice
versa, but the score still remained 1-1 for the first half. Because there were two delays in
the first half, the referees gave only a five-minute halftime.
Michigan Stars came back to the second half strong yet still the score still remained the
same. The Stars will now play August 31 st at home against New York Cosmos B.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Juncaj/Michigan Stars FC