After two straight weekends of back-to-back playoff victories, winning both the Southeastern and South Region championships, Chattanooga FC is in the NPSL National Playoffs powered by Mitre. The club received news today that its #2 ranking in the league means that the NPSL National Semifinal match will be hosted this Saturday in Finley Stadium.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to host a national semifinal here in Chattanooga," said Board Member Tim Kelly.
"The club has worked so hard to reach this round, and our fans have been so supportive, we could not be more excited to play here at home."
Chattanooga FC will face third-ranked Sacramento Gold, Champions of the NPSL West Region. In their only previous meeting, Chattanooga FC fell to Sacramento Gold 3-1 in the National Championship in 2010.
In the other NPSL National Semifinal powered by Mitre, Midwest Region Champions Lansing United will play Northeast Region Champions Red Bulls U23s in New York, also on Saturday, July 26. The winners of each semifinal will meet in the NPSL National Championship the following Saturday, August 2. Location will be determined by the highest seed.
"All of us at Finley Stadium Davenport Field are proud of the amazing job Chattanooga FC has done this year," said Paul Smith, Executive Director of the Stadium Corp. "They are a great winning organization that does a tremendous job, they create a great fan experience, attract great crowds, not to mention the amazing team they field. I am just so excited that we have them playing here at Finley."
Tickets for Saturday's Semifinal game are $10, online and at the gate. Children 5 and under are free! Chattanooga FC season passes will be honored at the game!
NPSL NATIONAL SEMIFINAL powered by Mitre
Chattanooga FC v Sacramento Gold
7:30 pm, Saturday, July 26 at Finley Stadium
CHATTANOOGA FC HISTORY IN THE NPSL NATIONAL PLAYOFFS
In 2010 the team 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 since the league expanded to more than 20 teams in 2007.
ABOUT CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB
Worldwide, soccer builds community, shapes culture, develops talent and unites diverse peoples. Chattanooga Football Club is helping the same happen right here in Chattanooga, creating true opportunity for all players and great entertainment for all fans. Chattanooga FC is a member team of the National Premier Soccer League, Southeast Region. The NPSL is sanctioned by the USASA as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and FIFA, the world’s governing body for soccer.