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.

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