CFC Soccer Team Tops Pensacola 1-0

Team Returns Home For Big U.S. Cup Game Wednesday

Monday, May 26, 2014

John Carrier scored the only goal Sunday afternoon in the Chattanooga Football Club's 1-0 win over Pensacola. 

The Chattanooga NPSL team was on a two game road trip.  They lost to New Orleans on Saturday.  CFC is now 2-1-1 in league play.  

The team returns home to host NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday at Finley Stadium.

CFC beat Wilmington Hammerheads 3-1 in their US Open Cup opener.  

"We billed our last game as a David and Goliath matchup, and we went out and earned the win," said General Manager Sean McDaniel. "But this is David vs. Goliath on a completely different scale."

"The Silverbacks play at the second tier of professional American Soccer, just below the MLS," said Board member Tim Kelly. "This will be the highest level game Chattanooga FC has ever played, and the fact that it's against Atlanta just elevates the drama. This game is about civic pride as much as about soccer. There is no love lost between Chattanooga and Atlanta and we want to fill up Finley to remind Atlanta that we are the best fans in the best city in the Southeast."

The tournament champion wins $250,000 and the runner-up wins $60,000. While it is unlikely for a lower division team like Chattanooga FC to go that far, there still is an opportunity to win $15,000 by advancing farther than any other amateur team, a goal that will likely be met should CFC prevail over the Silverbacks.

Not only is the Open Cup tournament a great chance for Chattanooga FC's young players to test their skills against professional competitors, it is also a great opportunity to get noticed by professional clubs. A good performance could mean a chance to go pro.

"I thought we were the better side against Wilmington, and we have some special chemistry on the team this year, so who knows how far we can go? We are honored by the opportunity to play in such a prestigious tournament, especially at home in front of our legendary fans," said Head Coach Bill Elliott. "We look forward to playing our very best and advancing in the US Open Cup.”  Should Chattanooga FC prevail over Atlanta, they would face MLS team Real Salt Lake, in Chattanooga's Finley Stadium, which would mark yet another historic moment for the club.

CFC’s History in The US Open Cup

Last season, Chattanooga FC automatically qualified for the US Open Cup by winning the National Premier Soccer League's Southeast Conference in 2012. They drew the Carolina Dynamo in Greensboro, NC also a 2012 National Finalist of the Premier Development League (PDL), a league comparable to the NPSL. CFC played well on the road — scoring four goals, forcing the game into overtime and then penalty kicks, where they eventually lost.

ChattanoogaFC


PHOTOS: Hixson Vs. Central

Hixson defeated Central Friday night, 33-12 (click for more)

Chattanooga Holds Off Mercer For Big SoCon Win

If you wanted to see a lot of offense in a college football game, then you should have been at Finley Stadium Saturday afternoon. Playing in front of an announced crowd of 10,763 on a spectacular fall day, the Chattanooga Mocs took advantage of an offensive explosion as they improved to 4-0 in the Southern Conference and 5-3 overall with a 38-31 victory over the Mercer Bears. ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)