CFC Falls At Home To New York Cosmos

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - by Joseph Dycus
- photo by Greg Davick

Chattanooga’s Member’s Cup debut against the New York Cosmos was inches away from ending in a draw. However, the northern powerhouse finally broke through in the 83rd minute.  After a CFC defender grappled and fouled a Cosmo in the box, New York’s Junior Burgos launched a penalty kick toward the top right corner of goal. It flew past the defensive wall and just inches away from Phil D’Amico’s outstretched mitts.

This late score gave the Cosmos the point they needed to secure three more in the standings, as CFC fell on their home turf of Finley Stadium. But despite the outcome, Chattanooga coach Bill Elliott still took time to give praise to his team’s opponent..

“It was a really good game,” he said, “They’re a really great team, and they’re the kind of team we want to play.”

The first half was a scoreless one, highlighted by missed chances and wondrous goalkeeping. While CFC dominated possession, the goals just weren’t there. Chattanooga’s peerless midfielder Zeca was sensational, dashing through the defense while creating chances for his teammates. Of course, the New York Cosmos showed why they were the second-best team in the NPSL when they stymied every shot Costa and company tried to get past the Cosmos’ keeper.

“It was a tough loss, especially at home, but we’ve got to continue on, since we have another game next week,” said Zeca.

Juan Sanchez got a decent crack at turning a zero into a one when he attempted a free kick right in front of the goal. Unfortunately for Chattanooga, his volley boinked off the top crossbar and skied harmlessly into the back concourse.

Perhaps the most interesting moment of the first half came when Zeca was “awarded” a yellow card. With the ball in the air, Zeca jumped to gain possession, and in the process knocked a Cosmos defender out of the air like a middle linebacker nailing a slot receiver on a crossing pattern. While a few words were exchanged during the brief scrum, cooler heads prevailed and no fight occurred.

The defense was sterling throughout the match, holding the usually-potent New York offense scoreless for most of the match. Jordan Dunstan and company mirrored their opposition, and suffocated New York’s forwards in the final third. The 62nd minute saw the long-awaited return of Genki Miyachi, when the defensive-midfielder entered the match for Joao Costa.

“We’re glad to have him back,” said coach Elliott, “He’s going to be a big player, I’m sure of it, but he’s been out for 12 weeks. So for him to get a few minutes tonight is important for the weeks to come.”

The CFC’s frustrating offensive night continued during the 70th minute. Alun Webb ripped down the sideline and received a pass. Because he was not called offsides, the forward was able to continue his trek toward the goal. As he approached goal from the right side, he began slicing in. His slick run amounted to nothing though, as his inevitable shot sailed wide left of the pipes.

After 83 minutes of scoreless play, New York finally broke through with Burgos’ score. After this, New York withstood a series of last-minute surges by CFC, with Chattanooga coming inches away from scoring in stoppage time. Alun Webb lined up a free ball in the box and attempted to head it in. Unfortunately for Chattanooga, the ball sailed over the bar and New York held on for the victory.

“I think New York showed up here and thought they were going to have an easy game,” said Zeca, “And we proved to them that we’re as hard as any team to get points away from at their home.”

Chattanooga squares off against Detroit City next Saturday, and the match kicks off at 7:30.


Prep Scores - Week Of August 11, 2019

Report Your Team’s Scores To The

PREP FOOTBALL Jamboree Schedule: At Finley Stadium SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 3:30 - Howard vs Copper Basin 4:00 - Cleveland vs Red Bank 4:30 - Howard vs Signal Mountain 5:00 - ... (click for more)

Submit your team results HERE Cross Country Football Girls Soccer Golf Volleyball Cross Country Back to Top Football ... (click for more)

Attention all area athletic directors, coaches and statisticians: The now has an email address just for you to report your game and match scores. As our sports staff continues ... (click for more)



PREP FOOTBALL Jamboree Schedule: At Finley Stadium SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 3:30 - Howard vs Copper Basin 4:00 - Cleveland vs Red Bank 4:30 - Howard vs Signal Mountain 5:00 - East Ridge vs Copper Basin 5:30 - Walker Valley vs Red Bank 6:00 - Sale Creek vs Signal Mountain 6:30 - Walker Valley vs McMinn County 7:00 - Brainerd vs McMinn County 7:30 - Brainerd ... (click for more)

Prep Scores - Week Of August 11, 2019

Submit your team results HERE Cross Country Football Girls Soccer Golf Volleyball Cross Country Back to Top Football Back to Top Girls Soccer Back to Top Golf Girls' Golf Sale Creek 79, Soddy Daisy 82 Back to Top Volleyball ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Man, 44, Stabbed To Death On East Main Street

Chattanooga Police said a 44-year-old man died after being stabbed in the 1200 block of East Main Street around midnight Thursday. Upon arrival, officers located a man suffering from a stab wound. Hamilton County EMS responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. Officers secured the scene and called for the Violent Crimes Bureau to respond. Investigators ... (click for more)

Gary Cross, 23, Is 4th Suspect Arrested In Shooting Death Of Tracy Calloway On July 21

On Friday a fourth suspect, Gary Cross, 23, was arrested on outstanding warrants in relation to the July 21, 2019 shooting which occurred in the 4600 block of Trailwood Drive. The victim from that shooting, Tracy Calloway succumbed to injuries sustained from that shooting on July 22. The arrest of Cross is a result of an extensive investigation by the CPD Homicide Unit. ... (click for more)


Good Sports Bar News

Just had dinner Tuesday night at Jonathan's Grille location in Hendersonville, Tn. When in Murfreesboro or Nashville, it's one of my favs. Just a great sports bar concept and menu. So happy to hear the Revelette brothers are bringing their brand (and their pizza night) to the old 212 Market location in downtown Chattanooga. Bring it on! Garry Mac (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

As I stood in the checkout line of the Walmart in Tiftonia this week, my newest friend named Harold asked me, “What’s the difference between an outlaw and an in-law. As I searched my mind, Harold responded, “Outlaws are wanted!” I immediately accepted his joke as a good omen. It helps me to remind readers of The Saturday Funnies, I just collect them during the week and pass them ... (click for more)