Chattanooga Hosts NPSL Playoffs Friday

Chattanooga FC Plays Nashville FC At 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Chattanooga FC men's soccer team will play host to the NPSL Southeast Conference semifinals on Friday at Finley Stadium.  

Chattanooga earned the right to host the conference tournament as the number one seed in the regular season.  

Chattanooga will play fourth seed Nashville FC on Friday at 8 p.m.

Second seed Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves will play third seed New Orleans Jesters at 5 p.m. on Friday.  

The winners of the semifinal games will  meet at 7:30 pm on Saturday in the Conference Championship. The winner of that game will not only claim the postseason title, but they will advance to the Region semifinals, with a chance to qualify for the National Semifinals.

Tickets will be $10 online and at the gate, but that price will get fans into both games on Friday night. Tickets for Saturday's Championship game are also $10, online and at the gate. But there is also a bargain ticket: $15 for a pass that will get fans into all 3 playoff games.

Chattanooga FC season passes will be honored at the games.

CFC VS TEAMS IN THE TOURNAMENT

Chattanooga FC tied Nashville FC 0-0 in the home opener (played 3 days after a dramatic US Open Cup victory against pro team, Wilmington Hammerheads). CFC then defeated Nashville FC in Nashville 2-0 on June 13. 

Chattanooga FC's only league loss came to New Orleans 3-2 in a road trip on May 24. Chattanooga FC then won the home fixture on June 28, 3-0 at Finley. 

Through an odd scheduling quirk, each Southeast club had one team in the conference that they did not play, and Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves are the team that CFC did not play in the regular season.

Atlanta played New Orleans twice, tying 1-1 on the road and winning 3-1 at home.

Fans will recall Chattanooga FC's 5-0 US Open Cup loss to pro team, Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL, on May 28. The Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves is the development team of that club.

CHATTANOOGA FC SOUTHEAST TITLES & PLAYOFF HISTORY

Chattanooga FC has won the regular season title for the Southeast Conference four times in its six season history: 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In both 2010 and 2013 there were no Conference playoffs.

In 2010 the team won the Southeast title outright and advanced to the National Semifinals, defeating Madison 56ers 2-0, then falling to Sacramento Gold 3-1 in the National Championship.

In 2012, Chattanooga FC won the Southeast-West regular season title, and advanced to the Southeast Conference Championship, where it defeated Georgia Revolution 1-0 in Conyers. The team then advanced to the National Semifinals where they won over Bay Area Ambassadors 3-2. The team ultimately lost 1-0 in its second National Championship match (Chattanooga FC is the only NPSL team to be in two National Final games).

In 2013, Chattanooga FC won the Southeast Conference regular season title and advanced to the South Region Semifinals away at Tulsa, OK – where it won over the previously undefeated Tulsa Athletic 3-0 in penalty kicks (after going 0-0 through regulation and over time). Keeper Greg Hartley saved 3 consecutive PKs. The team fell 1-0 the next week in the South Region Final to RVA in Richmond. RVA went on to become the eventual NPSL National Champion.


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