CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A tie was more like a major victory for Salt City Union on Saturday night.

Playing the National Independent Soccer Association leaders on their own turf, Salt City recorded a scoreless draw with Chattanooga FC at Finley Stadium on Saturday night.

Salt City Union (5-8-2, 17 points) extended its unbeaten run to six games (4-0-2) across all competition as it secured its second consecutive draw. As the Flower City Union, the team recorded a 1-1 draw with Club de Lyon at home on Wednesday night.

Chattanooga FC (11-0-5, 38), which cracked a shot off the crossbar in the sixth minute of stoppage time only seconds before the match was whistled over, hasn’t lost in more than a year.

To appreciate Salt City Union’s performance and achievement, it must be noted that the Tennessee side has outscored its opponents this season, 30-5.

Goalkeeper Michael Mejia recorded the team’s fifth shutout of the season.

Saying that, serious scoring opportunities were few and far between for both sides.

Salt City Union’s defense, – team, back four and Mejia – did a superb job of keeping the hosts off the scoreboard. They either forced Chattanooga to shoot wide or managed to slow their foes down in the field.

The visitors’ best scoring chances came in the second half as Noah Cavanaugh shot wide left on the hour. Malik Stewart had a pair of opportunities off counterattacks, but he shot wide of the target in the 78th and 81st minutes.

Rochester’s lone professional outdoor soccer team will return to action when it meets Michigan Stars FC on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

Flower City Union will return home to host the LA Force at the Rochester Community Sports Complex on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m.


Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at at