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Chattanooga FC Strengthens Roster with New Players Before NISA Fall Season

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-07 19:37, modified at 19:39

When Chattanooga’s Football Club travels north for the NISA fall conference opener, there will be some new faces on the trip. The club is proud to announce the signing of defender Shaun Russell in addition to last month’s signing of midfielder David Koloko. Here’s a deeper dive into the new players joining the first team:


David Koloko:

Koloko is a 6’1” midfielder/defender who hails from Cameroon and arrived in the US via Gardner Webb University. After college, David played for Charlotte Eagles and NISA rival Stumptown Athletic before landing in the Scenic City.

“David joins us after playing with Stumptown during the spring portion of the NISA season” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “David is a solid defender and will help us at multiple positions through the back and possibly the midfield. He’s an excellent athlete with good passing qualities. He closes ground quickly and as a solid one versus one defender. I believe he is an excellent addition to the squad at this time.”


Shaun Russell:

Russell is a 26 year old defender who hails from Chesapeake, Virginia. Shaun graduated from St. Francis University, and has played for Virginia Beach FC, Richmond Kickers, and Forward Madison last season before bringing his skills to Chattanooga FC.

“Shaun joins us after playing last year at Forward Madison in USL League One” said Head Coach Peter Fuller. “He provides some much needed experience at the back. He is an excellent defender and an outstanding athlete! He is left footed which helps fill some of the void with Ray Lee leaving. He is an excellent addition as we enter the NISA portion of the season.”


Both players will be making the trip to play against Michigan Stars this Saturday, August 8th, at 7:00pm. Support the boys in blue by watching the match through the MyCujoo streaming service.


Defender Raymond Lee Moves to USL Championship Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-05 14:57, modified at 15:01

Chattanooga Football Club today announces that the club has finalized a deal with Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Championship that will send defender Raymond Lee to the Keystone state, pending league and federation approval.

“From a club standpoint, it is always difficult to see a good player and better person leave” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “But I think I speak for the entire CFC family when I say thank you Ray for your time here with us. He is a class professional and a top end left back! I have known Ray since our days together at Philadelphia Union. To see the development and growth in him as a player and as a person has been magnificent. We wish him well in Pittsburgh and as his career moves forward wherever he may go from there.”

This is Lee’s first year with Chattanooga FC, and he figured prominently in our first ever professional match against Oakland Roots. Lee played for Pittsburgh in 2018, where he played in 29 matches for the Riverhounds. We want to wish Raymond the best at his next stop, and thank him for his time in the Scenic City. Terms of the transfer are undisclosed in accordance with Chattanooga FC Club policy.


Chattanooga Football Club rolls to NISA Independent Cup title

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-02 14:30, modified at 14:38

The Chattanooga Football Club wrapped up a NISA Independent Cup championship with a 3-0 victory over Soda City FC on Saturday night at Finley Stadium.

CFC completed the Southeast Region's round robin with another dominant performance, going 3-0 and outscoring its competition 9-1 in the return-to-play event. The only other match this season for the 12-year-old club was a tie in its National Independent Soccer Association and professional debut in late February.

Although fans were not permitted in the stadium due to coronavirus precautions — just as in a 3-1 win against Georgia Revolution FC on July 11 and a 3-0 win against Savannah Clovers FC on July 18 — CFC displayed plenty of energy against the visitors from Columbia, South Carolina, as first-year head coach Peter Fuller's team once again got off to a quick start.

"Certainly everyone expected us when we started to win this championship," Fuller said. "It was almost a competition to get us started. It's one you wanted to make sure you didn't lose. I give the guys a lot of credit because that's a little bit of pressure."

Read more at the Chattanooga Times Free Press >


Fall Schedule Announced!

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-31 16:00, modified at 16:12

Today the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) released the 2020 Fall Schedule. The fall season will consist of two parts. The first will be a regionalized competition in which teams from the East and West will compete in separate divisions starting in early August. The second part will be a tournament that will include all eight NISA teams playing in the fall and will run from September 21st- October 2nd. Chattanooga FC will open up the season August 8th on the road against Michigan Stars.

“We’re excited to get started. We will get to see some familiar foes return to Finley stadium this fall as well as some new faces” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, Managing Director, Chattanooga FC. “This is what we built this team for, to compete at a professional level against like minded clubs, and we’re chomping at the bit to begin.”

The eight teams competing this fall are: Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, Michigan Stars, New Amsterdam FC and NY Cosmos in the East, and Cal United, Los Angeles Force, and Oakland Roots in the West. Each team will play either a home or away match against each team in the regional competition before joining together to compete in a single location national tournament, from which a champion will be crowned.

“We are excited and thankful to be starting on the Fall season!” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “The four games that we will play leading into tournament play will all be very interesting. Cosmos, New Amsterdam, Detroit City, and Michigan Stars are all quality opponents. The league is performing at a very good standard and we will have our work cut out for us in every match!”

Chattanooga FC Fall 2020 Schedule:

Saturday, August 8th: Away vs Michigan Stars (7:00pm)

Saturday, August 15th: Away vs Detroit City (7:30pm)

Saturday, August 29th: Home vs New Amsterdam (7:30pm)

September 12th: Home vs New York Cosmos (7:30pm)

September 21st-October 2nd: NISA Fall Tournament


Chattanooga FC's Ian McGrath keeps scoring streak going in shutout victory

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-19 15:17, modified at 15:24

Ian McGrath has yet to play a match in front of a lively Finley Stadium, but the young midfielder/striker is already feeling the love around town in his first season with the Chattanooga Football Club.

Fans hope to be able to file into Finley to watch the NISA Independent Cup championship game on Aug. 1, when CFC will try to win what it hopes will be the first of many trophies as a professional team. CFC defended its home turf well against a Georgia opponent for a second straight weekend in the four-team event, beating Savannah Clovers FC 3-0 Saturday night minus fans in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CFC returns to competition next Saturday at 6 p.m. against Soda City FC in Columbia, South Carolina. That will complete round-robin play, and Finley will host both the third-place match and the title contest the following weekend. Soda City, a 2-1 winner against Savannah on July 11, is second in the standings after playing Georgia Revolution FC to a 2-2 draw earlier Saturday evening.

"We want to win the cup, and I think by doing that it will get us flying for the rest of the year in the NISA summer and fall seasons," said McGrath, who turned 24 on Friday. "We have a great group of guys here who have different levels of experience and skill sets. I am excited to be here with a club that has such a tremendous support system. The support from the community, team and staff is unreal and really special."

Read more at the Times Free Press >


Brian Bement-Zeca combination helps lead CFC past Georgia Revolution in return to action

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-12 16:14, modified at 16:25

Missing thousands of fans in the crowd did not stop the Chattanooga Football Club from achieving success at Finley Stadium with a perfect summer sky to play under Saturday evening.

A strong connection was showcased on local television by Jose "Zeca" Ferraz and Brian Bement to take down the Georgia Revolution, 3-1, in the opener of the four-match NISA Independent Cup round robin tournament. Fans were not allowed at the match due to COVID-19 precautions.

"It felt weird," said Zeca, who assisted two goals to Bement in CFC's professional NISA home opener. "It's been a long time. I had to dig in to find my shin guards today. It was good to get rolling again. With everything the city and country has been going through we thought about how soccer could be a positive message for everybody."

Read more at the Times Free Press >


Chattanooga FC Announces Roster Updates in Advance of Independent Cup

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-10 14:30

As Chattanooga’s Football Club returns to action this Saturday, July 11th, in the first leg of the Independent Cup, the club today announced its current roster. Returning members from the Spring 2020 NISA Season are:


Goalkeepers

Alec Redington


Defenders

Soren Yuhaschek

Richard Dixon

Raymond Lee

Erik Panzer

Nick Spielman

Alec McKinley


Midfielders

Cameron Woodfin

Topher Marshall

Ian McGrath

Kyle Carr

Juan Hernandez

Jowayne Laidley

Ryan Marcano


Forwards

Sean Hoffstatter

Brian Bement

Kaleb Jackson

Clayton Adams

Santi Agudelo

Additionally, the club is proud to announce the addition of some new players into the fold:


Zeca Ferraz, Forward

Zeca is BACK! One of our most iconic players returns for his 8th season with the club. Zeca has scored some classic goals for us, and we are thrilled that he is able to return this year.

“This is a dream turning into a reality” Zeca said. “It's an honor to still be part of this organization that has provided me with an opportunity to play professionally. I'm ready to put in the work and help anyway possible. I can't wait to start playing again.”

Head Coach Peter Fuller added “It is a pleasure to welcome Zeca back to the organization! He provides great leadership qualities as well as the ability to score goals and great energy both on the attacking and defensive side of the ball.”


Darwin Lom, Forward

Fans may recall Darwin from his time with the club in 2017, particularly his goal against Chivas U23. Since then the Guatemalan midfielder has played back home in the first tier professional league with his hometown club Guastatoya, scoring a goal for them in March. He also earned a cap with the full Guatemalan National Team. “I am thrilled to be back with Chattanooga FC” said Darwin. “It will be great to return to Finley stadium and play in front of the Chattahooligans.”

“Darwin is another quality signing for us” said Coach Fuller. “He is a guy that has played with CFC in the past so he knows the tradition in the culture of the club. Most recently he has been playing in Guatemala in their top division and has gotten his first Cap for the full national team. I believe Darwin will add a ton to our group up front!”


Matt Mozynski, Goalkeeper

Matt comes to the Scenic City from USL League Two’s Thunder Bay Chill. In 13 games, Mozynski made 37 saves and posted a .92 goal against average. During that time, Matt also served as Goalkeeper coach for the team. Before that, Mozynski started as the primary goalkeeper for Campbell University.

“I’m excited to be a part of CFC” said Mozynski. “The club has great core values and strong roots. It is important for me to work hard in training to gain the trust from my new teammates. We have high expectations for this season!”

“Matt is a solid Goalkeeper who is an outstanding shot stopper and will add a lot to our group both on and off the field” said Coach Fuller.


“Having Zeca and Darwin back is great, I’ve worked with them in the past, each is extremely dynamic in their own way on the attacking end of the field, and we are blessed to have them back” added Bill Elliott, Technical Director for Chattanooga FC. “These guys understand the club, what we’re about, and will only strengthen us as a whole.”

“The club did have some roster changes during the break created by the pandemic, and that means that some guys won’t be joining us. We wish them the best and thank them for their time with the club”


Jerry St. Vil

Phil D'Amico

Joao Costa

Juan Sanchez

Jordan Dunstan

Daniel Valenciano

Sean Reynolds


The club will continue to look for ways to enhance the roster before the NISA Fall 2020 schedules, and announcements will be made when players are signed.


"What It Takes" Webinar Presented by Vfl Wolfsburg

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-07 13:50, modified at 14:13

For instructions on how to register for the webinar and for troubleshooting information, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

“WHAT IT TAKES” WEBINAR PRESENTED BY VFL WOLFSBURG

WIN A JERSEY SIGNED BY THE VFL WOLFSBURG FIRST TEAM!

Chattanooga FC is partnering with Vfl Wolfsburg for a special webinar detailing life as a Bundesliga academy player and what Academy coaches at the top level in Germany are looking for in their players. In their webinar titled "What It Takes", Vfl Wolfsburg Academy will share stories from their Academy, insight as to what really is going through an Academy coach's mind as they evaluate players, and advice on what young players can do to ensure they are becoming the best player that they can be.

This webinar will be presented by Vfl Academy staff, including main presenter Pablo Thiam, the Sporting Director of Vfl Wolfsburg's Youth Academy. Pablo and his staff have a passion not just for player development, but also for character development. "I want to help our talented youngsters with my experience and quite pragmatically show them the way to deal with the challenges that face them in their new surroundings,” he explained in a recent interview. Pablo and the Vfl Wolfsburg Academy staff do this by taking a holistic view of their Academy players and clearly explaining what expectations their Academy players should and shouldn't have.

The "What It Takes" webinar will take place Thursday, July 23 at 10:00 EST. Peter Woolcock, Executive Director of Operation Get Active, part of the CFC Foundation, will serve as moderator. Attendees are asked to join the webinar fifteen minutes early to work through any technical issues. The webinar is intended as a learning and growing opportunity for players, coaches, and parents of the CFC Academy and Chattanooga FC Foundation. Members of the CFC Academy and CFC Foundation will be sent instructions on how to attend directly. For others interested in attending the "What It Takes Webinar", please email info@chattanoogafc.com and instructions on how to attend will be sent. Space is limited and priority will be given to members of the CFC Academy and CFC Foundation

There is no cost to attend the webinar and fans will have the chance to win a free Vfl Wolfsburg jersey! To learn more about Vfl Wolfsburg, click here. For questions about the "What It Takes" webinar, contact info@chattanoogafc.com.

Fast Facts

"What It Takes" webinar brought to you by Vfl Wolfsburg and Chattanooga FC

Presented by Pablo Thiam, Sporting Director of Vfl Wolfsburg Academy and his staff

Thursday, July 23 at 10:00 EST. Attendees are asked to join the webinar fifteen minutes early to work through any technical issues.

Free for members of Chattanooga FC Academy, Chattanooga FC Foundation, and other community partners

Contact info@chattanoogafc.com to attend or with questions

Webinar hosted on Zoom (no Zoom account necessary to attend the webinar)

How to Register for the “What It Takes” Webinar

No Zoom account needed, just register and follow the instructions!

If you are a member of the CFC Academy of the CFC Foundation, check your email: a registration link should have been sent to your email. Click on the link, fill out the registration form, and then follow the instructions to attend the webinar. Please sign in 15 minutes early to the webinar in case you need technical assistance.

If you are not a member of the CFC Academy or the CFC Foundation, please email info@chattanoogafc.com with your request to attend the webinar. Space is limited, and first priority will be given to CFC Academy and CFC Foundation members.

Trouble registering or attending the webinar?

Call the CFC infoline at (423) 708-4625 or email info@chattanoogafc.com if you have issues attending the webinar.


Chattanooga FC to Broadcast First Match on Live TV July 11th

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-02 17:00, modified on 2020-07-09 14:14

Chattanooga Football Club is pleased to announce that supporters across the tristate area will be able to watch the first match of the NISA Independent Cup live on local television- a first in Chattanooga FC history. Supporters were thrilled yesterday to learn that Chattanooga’s Football Club will return to play Saturday, July 11th, 8:00 against Georgia Revolution in the first leg of the NISA Independent Cup. Now, everyone will be able to tune in to see the boys in blue live on the CW Network. The broadcast will be presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

“It is important to us to give everyone in town a chance to watch the return of live sports in the Scenic City” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, Managing Director, Chattanooga FC. “We’re grateful to our partners, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Sinclair Broadcasting for working with us and helping provide our community this event. We’re all excited to be back on the pitch, and to have our first match back also be our first EVER live televised game is truly special. Chattanooga FC can’t thank BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee enough for their continued support of our club and this City.”

The game will be broadcast live Saturday, July 11th, at 8:00pm and will include a pregame and halftime show for viewers to enjoy. Chattanooga FC will also provide livestream options for fans outside the Chattanooga viewing area via MyCujoo. The TV broadcast will feature new voices to Chattanooga FC: Veteran sports broadcaster John Freeman. John is currently the voice of Nashville SC in MLS, and has done radio play by play for the club for the past four seasons. Joining John in the booth will be Dale Schilly. Dale has been featured on radio and television broadcasts both in St. Louis and nationally, including ESPN+ productions.

Media Members will need be sent instructions on Monday regarding credentials and revised access policies around this game due to distancing requirements.


Chattanooga FC vs Georgia Revolution

Date: July 11th, 2020

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Finley Stadium

TV: CW Network Station Listings-

  • AT&T: (HD-1006, SD-6)
  • Charter: (HD-708, SD-6)

  • Comcast: (HD-435, SD-6)

  • DirecTV: (SD-53)

  • DiSH: (HD-53, SD-53)

  • EPB: (HD-306, SD-6)


Chattanooga FC Returns July 11th in NISA Independent Cup

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-01 16:00, modified at 16:25

Professional soccer returns to the Scenic City this month as NISA announces the Independent Cup, a tournament bringing together clubs from NISA and established amateur leagues in a regional format together to play in a round robin tournament starting Saturday, July 11th. The teams with the best record will be seeded in a playoff format, with the finals taking place on August 1st. The clubs have been in frequent discussions to plan the return to play as safely as possible.

“We couldn’t be happier to get our guys back on the pitch, but it is imperative that we take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of every player, coach, and staff member” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, Managing Director, Chattanooga FC. “Discussions are ongoing to determine what potential limited attendance scenarios may look like at Finley, and we are appreciative of the support we continue to receive during this pandemic. We are confident in our ability to host matches in a safe manner with reduced capacity and will continue to finalize those plans with local officials.The Independent Cup will be a tremendous pre-season type of event as our full focus is on beginning the NISA 2020-21 season in August.”

The players have been practicing in small groups for the last few weeks, and will begin contact practice next week. Having a definitive match list for which to prepare gives the team an added spring in their step.

“I would echo Jeremy’s sentiments about getting back on the field” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “We are excited to be back training and looking forward to the Independent Cup. Obviously, we are concerned about everyone’s health: players, coaches, staff members, and our great supporters. We hope everything goes as planned and we are able to get back on the field on the 11th against Georgia Revolution. They beat us here during the NPSL season last year so it will be great to have another crack at them during this cup competition.”


The schedule for the Independent Cup will be as follows:

July 11

CFC vs Georgia Revolution 8:00pm (Finley Stadium)

Soda City at Savannah Clovers

July 18

Soda City vs Georgia Revolution 5:00pm

CFC vs Savannah Clovers 8:00pm (Finley Stadium)

July 25

Georgia Revolution vs Savannah Clovers 3:00pm

CFC vs Soda City 6:00pm (Columbia, SC)

Aug 1 (Finley Stadium)

3rd Place Game 5:00pm

1st Place Game 8:00pm

It is confirmed that the matches on July 11th and July 18th will be held without fans in the stadium. Plans for fan attendance on July 25th and August 1st will be announced at a later date as details are finalized.


CFC + North Georgia Soccer Academy

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-12 15:00

Chattanooga FC is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the North Georgia Soccer Academy that will enhance the level of play for both organizations. The agreement will allow the sharing of knowledge between coaches, staff and players, and will give NGSA players access to additional professional level coaching. Talented players will also have an opportunity to train with the professional team, while maintaining collegiate eligibility.

“Chattanooga FC is pleased to establish this affiliation with North Georgia Soccer Academy” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, Managing Director, Chattanooga FC. “It is evident that the leadership at North Georgia Soccer Academy understands the meaning of being a community soccer club and how involved you can be in all areas of your community. This partnership will be beneficial both on and off the field for both organizations. We look forward to helping NGSA continue on their already strong path of developing outstanding soccer players on the field and in the community.”

Community is a key focus for Chattanooga FC, a team founded eleven years ago as a conduit for community engagement across all areas of the tri-state region. Building our community through the global game of soccer is a core tenet of our mission, and something that was key in building this partnership with North Georgia Soccer Academy.

“Our North Georgia Soccer Academy is excited to learn from the CFC Pro coaching staff and administration as they will come and work with our NGSA Coaching staff and players” said Kerem Daser, Founder & Director of North Georgia Soccer Academy. “I am personally excited as I know CFC and NGSA will be great neighbors in Georgia and Tennessee and we can help reach our goals together. Our NGSA families will come out and support the CFC professional team, and I am very excited to work with everyone at CFC on some strategic partnerships and what we can do for soccer in our area.”

As part of the deal, Chattanooga FC will provide:

  • Coaching education and development

  • Insight into Club Development

  • Player training opportunities for players of all levels

  • Opportunities for players to train with the first team

As part of the agreement, both organizations will finalize strategic steps for the remainder of 2020 in the coming weeks. Initial plans are for NGSA players to have access to training opportunities with the Chattanooga FC technical staff and a coaching development program where best practices will be shared between the organizations.


Chattanooga FC Players Return to Practice. Safely.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-01 18:07, modified at 18:23

Chattanooga Football Club players will return to the field for the first time in an official capacity on June 1st. In accordance with the CDC and Hamilton County Department of Health, players will be training in groups of ten or less, which includes players, staff, and coaches. Player groups will be staggered throughout each practice, and their assignments will be based on off field living conditions. Although practice officially begins again on June 1, the team has prepared for this for quite some time.

“For the past few weeks, each player has been self monitoring their health and reporting their medical wellness to club staff” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, Managing Director, Chattanooga FC. “We are thrilled to be able to return to practice, but we have to make sure we do so safely. Our players’ and coaches' health is priority number one for the club. We’ve been working with the Hamilton County Health Department and Finley Stadium officials to hammer out this protocol, and are so grateful to them for their assistance as we work through this together.”

When players arrive for practice, they will undergo temperature checks, answer a medical wellness questionnaire and confirm that they have not knowingly been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19. Training sessions will be initially restricted to club technical and medical staff only. No media or other club personnel are allowed. Regardless of the restrictions, the players are just glad to be back

“We are so thrilled to be able to return to play” said Cameron Woodfin, veteran CFC midfielder. “It’s been a long process, but the club has been working hard to get us back in Finley. I know all of us are ready to start preparing for the games to come!!”

Additional details regarding the 2020 season will be announced in coming weeks.


Important Announcement from NISA

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-27 16:00

NISA Announces Cancellation of Spring Season; Aims for Summer Tournament and Fall 2020 Campaign

  • Spring season scheduled to run February-June, halted due to COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Chattanooga FC management in close communication with NISA front office to ensure player, fan safety when time to reopen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chattanooga, TN (April 27th, 2020)- Today the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) announced that the Spring 2020 season, originally scheduled to run from February 29th-June 20th, has been cancelled. Although making up the lost games is not feasible at this time, Chattanooga FC is optimistic about returning to the pitch in the future, and is working with NISA officials to build out a plan that will bring soccer back to our community in the safest way possible. Here are some key points regarding our plans for 2020:

  • Players and staff will look to resume training in late May within the guidelines set forth by National & Local Government Agencies and Governing Sports Bodies. Returning to the field with the safety and well-being of players and staff is our first priority.
  • NISA Independent Cup: Plans continue to be put into place for a summer based tournament that will include NISA and some key high level amateur clubs. This event will likely bring 4-6 matches to our summer calendar with matches beginning in July.
  • 2020-21 NISA Season: The Fall portion of our season will take place with ten clubs, matches running from August through November. The Spring portion of the season will begin in late February of 2021.

More details will be available over the coming weeks, and we will continue to update our community as we receive updated information. Chattanooga FC is committed to our community. Although the word “cancellation” has a sting to it, today we look at it as an opportunity to move forward and continue to work on preparations for a meaningful, although different than anticipated, season here in 2020.


Chattanooga Football Club Rewinds Another Classic Matchup

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-30 20:07, modified at 20:08

The next match in the Chattanooga FC Rewind series is set. Next Sunday, April 5th, at 6:00pm, the boys in blue will face Seattle Sounders U23 in a great display of skill and determination. Supporters will remember this match as an evenly matched contest in which Chattanooga FC went out in front early, then gave the lead back only to see the home side regain the lead in the waning moments of the match to secure a 2-1 victory.

"This matchup was a great test for our guys" said Bill Elliott, Chattanooga FC Head coach in 2018, and current Technical Director. "That Sounders team had some top notch prospects, and for our guys to play as well as they did, it really gave us the boost we needed to go into the regular season."

The move to rebroadcast the classic game comes after NISA announced that the spring season will be postponed through May 10th due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Last month, fans were able to reminisce over the classic 2016 regional playoff victory over Miami United FC. The club still has several upcoming events planned for the next few weeks so that supporters can stay engaged and get excited for the season.

“Every one of us has been affected by COVID-19 and our quarantine. Providing reminders of some simpler times can give everyone a chance to exhale. At the same time, we’re grateful to be able to use these rewind matches to raise money for local groups that are all dealing with their own unique challenges during these trying times” said Alumbaugh.

Chattanooga FC will hold raffles during the match for exclusive player worn jerseys, as well as some game day experiences for kids and adults alike. The proceeds from the raffle will go towards the CFC Foundation. Sunday’s event will be available for everyone on the Chattanooga FC official YouTube Channel this Sunday, April 5th, at 6:00pm.


Chattanooga Football Club to Host a Rewind of Classic Game

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-19 18:19, modified at 20:30

Supporters looking to get their fix of Chattanooga FC will get their chance this Saturday, March 21st, at 3:00pm. One of the most iconic matches in CFC history will be re-broadcast on YouTube for fans old and new to enjoy: The 2016 Regional Final against Miami United FC, in which Chattanooga FC advanced on penalty kicks.

“It’s a CFC Classic” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, Managing Director, Chattanooga FC. “After the National Championship match against NY Cosmos in 2015, this is probably the most iconic Chattanooga FC match in history. It will be great to give fans the experience of watching it unfold again.”

The move to rebroadcast the classic game comes after NISA announced that the spring season will be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. It’s just one of several upcoming events the team has planned for the next few weeks so that supporters can stay engaged and get excited for the upcoming season.

“Saturday would have been a great day, full of community, tailgating at Finley and a fantastic opponent in the Cal United Strikers” said Alumbaugh.. “So we decided to still make it a great day of community, just virtually. People can tailgate in their backyards, on their front porches, prior to the 3:00pm Kick-Off and we can enjoy a match together.”

Also Chattanooga FC will have a raffle for a few of the actual jerseys worn in this match. Fans will have a chance to win a piece of history, and give some money to a great cause, the JA Henry Community YMCA Mobile Fit. The link to enter will be posted at a later date.

Saturday’s event will be available for everyone on the Chattanooga FC official YouTube Channel this Saturday, March 21st, at 3:00pm.


Chattanooga FC Signs Veteran Defender Erik Panzer for 2020 Season

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-16 15:30, modified at 16:06

Chattanooga Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of defender Erik Panzer to the club for its inaugural professional season. Erik Panzer is a familiar name in his home country of New Zealand. The 26 year old spent the last three seasons in the top tier of New Zealand soccer. Erik graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2016, where he started in over 70 matches for the Bobcats. Panzer can play a variety of positions on defense, and has seen the most action as a central defender and defensive midfielder. He is eager to ply his trade in the Scenic City.

“To be able to represent Chattanooga as a football club and a city is an honor and I’m very excited to be a part of this amazing community” said Panzer. “I look forward to pulling on the jersey, representing so many people around the world, and I can’t wait to hear the Chattahooligans in full voice, home or away.”

Erik gained immeasurable experience after college, playing professionally around the globe. First with Truro City FC in England, then Nordvärmlands in Sweden’s second tier. His experience in Scandanavia earned him a trip to the New Zealand Premiership, where he played for a number of clubs, most recently Southern United FC, before coming to the states to play for Chattanooga FC

“Erik is a quality defender that we are excited to add to the group” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “He is a strong communicator who brings good defensive presence on the field. His experience will be valuable as we navigate through this first professional season.”

Supporters will get a first chance to see Erik in action when the NISA Spring schedule begins in a few weeks. Annual passes, flex tickets, and single game tickets are available now at ChattanoogaFC.com.

Erik Panzer

Birthdate: July 13, 1993

Position: Defender

College Career: Quinnipiac University

Senior Career: Truro City FC, Nordvärmlands FF, Team Wellington FC, Southern United FC, Olympic United FC, Southern United FC


Chattanooga FC COVID-19 Update

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Chattanooga FC Fans,

At Chattanooga FC, our mission is to create community through the World’s game.

At this time, the NISA league office has decided to suspend matches for the next 30 days. It is not a decision that we take lightly, but ultimately we love our fans, players, and employees too much to put them in any danger. At the appropriate time, we will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of all club and league events.

Annual Pass holders and ticket buyers should expect an email soon with information as it becomes available.

Building Community has many faces, and usually for us it looks like playing soccer. For now however, it means being prudent, and starting again once we are sure it is safe to do so.

Sincerely,

Chattanooga FC


Chattanooga FC Partners with Station Street for Irishfest

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This Saturday will be one to celebrate on the South side. Chattanooga Football Club announces today a partnership with Station Street to give fans the best St. Patrick’s celebration ever. First up, Chattanooga FC host NISA rival Michigan Stars for its inaugural professional home opener Saturday, March 14th, 3:00pm. After the big win (with the help of the luck of the Irish,) fans who want to continue the party at Station Street’s IrishFest will get $5 off the event’s entry fee and enjoy green beer, great Irish music and food all night long. The event begins at 6:00pm, and all you need to do to save some green is show your CFC ticket stub at the Irishfest gate.

Grab your Green and get ready to celebrate with Chattanooga’s Football Club and Irishfest!


Chattanooga Football Club Kicks Off Opening Week Activities in Advance of First Home Match

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Chattanooga Football Club looks to kickoff the 2020 season with a bang, offering supporters new and old opportunities to engage with players, coaches, and fans in the week leading up to the 2020 NISA home opener.

“You only get one chance to make a first impression, and this is our first opportunity to show our supporters what being a professional football club means to the city” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, Managing Director, Chattanooga FC. “We’ll have trivia night, a kick around with the players at Miller Park, and even an exclusive meet up with Coach Fuller, all to get people engaged and excited about our home opener next week.”

The festivities begin on Tuesday, March 10th, with an exclusive “Tech Talk” with Coach Peter Fuller at Hi-Fi Clyde’s on Main. Annual pass holders will get a special opportunity to engage with Coach and talk tactics. On Thursday, March 12th, Chatt Trivia in conjunction with Five Wits Brewery will host a special trivia night specifically about CFC history and local trivia, with beer and food specials to boot. On Friday, the team will gather at Miller Park for a “Meet the Team” event. This is a great lunch break opportunity to meet our new players, welcome home our veterans, and get excited about Saturday’s match.


OPENING WEEK CALENDAR:


Tuesday, March 10th: Tech Talk with Coach Peter Fuller

Location: Hi-FI Clyde’s

Time: 8:00 pm


Thursday, March 12th: CFC Trivia Night

Location: Five Wits Brewing

Time: 7:00 pm


Friday, March 13th: Meet and Greet with the players

Location: Miller Park

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm


Chattanooga FC Announce Drew Courtney as First Team Assistant Coach

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Chattanooga Football Club is pleased to announce that Drew Courtney will join the first team as assistant coach for the 2020 campaign. Drew has a long resume of coaching success, and has done a masterful job of developing young players at the college and amateur level, with multiple players now plying their trade in the professional level.

“I am honored to be joining the coaching staff at CFC” said Courtney. “As a former player and coach of the women's team my investment in the club is over ten years strong. I am grateful to Jeremy, Bill and Peter for the opportunity to help lead these young men.”

Coach Courtney returns home to Chattanooga FC, having played in the men’s squad in 2010 and 2011. Most recently, Courtney comes from USL 2’s Dalton Red Wolves U23, where he coached the team to a 7-1-6 record. Prior to that, Drew managed the Bryan College Men’s team, where the squad amassed a 66-26-9 record, including two top 10 rankings (NAIA), the 2015 AAC Conference Championship, and Coach of the Year honors. In 2016, Coach Courtney helmed the Chattanooga FC Women’s team, where the team had an 8-2-6 record.

“Regardless of what industry you work in, adding a quality person like Drew to the organization is good business” said Bill Elliott, Technical Director, Chattanooga FC. “We are all excited to have him here.”

Coach Courtney will be on the sidelines for Chattanooga FC’s first home match of the NISA season next Saturday, March 14th against Michigan Stars. Ticket packages are on sale now at CFCTix.com.

Drew Courtney

Assistant Coach, First Team

Born: May 26, 1986

Playing Career: Lander University, Mississippi Brilla, Southern California Seahorses, Chattanooga FC

Coaching Career: Belhaven University, Covenant College, Mississippi Brilla, Bryan College, Chattanooga FC Women, Dalton Red Wolves


Chattanooga Football Club Earns a Draw in First Professional Match on the Road

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The first professional match in Chattanooga FC history is in the books and CFC brings home a point, earning a draw against Oakland Roots in Oakland, CA. Chattanooga FC Midfielder Ian McGrath etched his name in history as the first to score a goal for CFC in the professional era, sending a header past Roots keeper Taylor Bailey from a perfect Kyle Carr corner kick into the box in the 33rd minute, giving the away side a 1-0 lead.

Less than ten minutes later, Oakland Roots defender Robert Hines earned a red card after getting into a scuffle with Ian McGrath, forcing the home team down to ten men for the rest of the game. Chattanooga FC held onto the lead for the second half, but as extra time expired former MLS forward Jack McInerny received a well weighted ball in the box and slid a shot past CFC keeper Phil D’Amico to take back two points for Oakland Roots in front of 5,603 people and sending Chattanooga FC back home with a draw.

Chattanooga’s Football Club has the week off before welcoming Michigan Stars to Finley Stadium on March 14th, 3:00pm for the NISA home opener. Tickets are available now at CFCTIX.COM


Chattanooga FC Adds Three Players Ahead of First Professional Match

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Chattanooga Football Club is proud to announce the signing of Ryan Marcano, Alec McKinley, and Nick Spielman to the club for the 2020 Spring season. Each player brings their own specialty to the club, and Head Coach Peter Fuller is thrilled that they are here for the Spring. Here's a rundown on each player:

Defensive Midfielder Alec McKinley: Alec joins us from the University of Mobile, and led the team deep into the NAIA playoffs. McKinley started his career with the Portland Timbers youth academy.

Head Coach Peter Fuller: “Alec has had an excellent youth career most recently playing with Portland Timbers of the US developmental academy. He played this last fall for the University of Mobile and was one of the main cogs in a team that went to the round of 16 in the NAIA national tournament.”

Alec McKinley: “I’m delighted to be joining such a good club like Chattanooga FC and looking forward to learning and becoming a better player under top class coach Peter Fuller.”

Forward Ryan Marcano: Ryan comes to the Scenic City by way of Oglethorpe University, where he scored 12 goals in 19 games last season. His 2019 season earned him a spot on the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Men's Division III All-South Atlantic Region Team.

Coach Fuller: “It is a pleasure to welcome Ryan Marcano to the fold. He has had an outstanding career at Oglethorpe University and has been in training camp with Birmingham Legion of the USL Championship. Ryan is an outstanding athlete who has great potential in terms of pro soccer in this country. It is a pleasure to welcome him to CFC!”

Ryan Marcano: “The best is yet to come.”

Midfielder Nick Spielman: Nick may be a familiar face to the most eagle-eyed supporters in the Scenic City. Spielman played in a few of the non conference matches for Chattanooga FC in 2019. Prior to that, Nick played alongside another CFC fan favorite, Cameron Woodfin at ETSU

Coach Fuller: “We are pleased to welcome Nick Spielman to the CFC family. Nick has participated in past non-conference matches for us during the 2019 season. He will add depth to our defensive midfield and central defender positions.”

Nick Spielman: “I’m really excited and grateful to have the opportunity to play for Chattanooga FC this season… the atmosphere is amazing; from the professionalism of the organization to the community support. I look forward to being a part of it all.”

Supporters will get a first chance to see all three in action on February 29th in Oakland, CA against Oakland Roots, and March 14th against Michigan Stars. Chattanooga FC’s NISA Spring schedule is out and is available on ChattanoogaFC.com. Annual passes, Flex tickets, and single game tickets are available now at ChattanoogaFC.com.


Chattanooga FC Strengthens Midfield, Signs Kyle Carr for 2020 Season

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Chattanooga Football Club is thrilled to announce the signing of midfielder Kyle Carr for the historic 2020 campaign with NISA. Kyle comes to the Scenic City from USL One franchise Lansing Ignite, where he was viewed as a lynchpin at the base of the midfield and a steadfast, consistent player.

“I’m very excited to play in Chattanooga for Chattanooga FC” said Carr. “I’ve heard so much about The Chattahooligans, and heard really great things about the community, I can’t wait to get out and explore the area, go hiking, and really get rooted in the city.”

Carr excelled in Lansing, starting 10 of the first 12 matches for the Ignite. The Florida native stood out on the pitch for his intensity and passion for the game.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Kyle Carr to CFC” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “Kyle comes to us from Lansing of USL One. He is a player that can play multiple positions, is a tenacious defender, a good passer, and an outstanding teammate. We are lucky to have him.”

Supporters will get a first chance to see Kyle in action on February 29th in Oakland, CA against Oakland Roots, and March 14th against Michigan Stars. Chattanooga FC’s NISA Spring schedule is out and is available on ChattanoogaFC.com. Annual passes, Flex tickets, and single game tickets are available now at ChattanoogaFC.com.


Five Questions with Bill Elliott

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In advance of the season opener, we wanted to check in with Technical Director Bill Elliott about his new role and what this season holds for the club.


What are your primary responsibilities as Technical Director for CFC?

Up to this point the majority of my time has been spent evaluating and recruiting talent for Coach Fuller to review. I also go through game film with Coach Fuller and speak daily to review how things are going. I look forward to being in Chattanooga for training and ges each month as well.

This past month I enjoyed time on the field with them while they were in Florida for preseason. Working as a technical director is uncharted territory for me but I look forward to the challenge. Jeremy Alumbaugh has experience in this role and has been a tremendous addition mentoring me to this point. I am sure we will all settle in to our new roles soon enough and grow as a team over the course of this year.


What were the biggest challenges this offseason constructing the roster?

The biggest challenge was transitioning from a roster heavy with International players and finding ways to be creative within the seven international player roster limit in NISA.

We also face the challenge of entering a new league which means relearning the lay of the land on many levels. Otherwise our challenges were the same as most teams staying within a budget, applying for P1 visas etc..


What is the biggest difference on the pitch that fans will see this year from last?

Coach Fuller will be implementing his ideas more so the style could change a bit but the main thing fans will notice is a higher level of play as well as the competitiveness of the matches of professional clubs with professional players.


How different is it going to be for you not being on the sideline every match?

I am very thankful the club has given me the chance to remain in my position as head coach of UWF while remaining involved with CFC as the Technical Director. Having said that it is gut wrenching for me not to be on the practice field with the group everyday or on the sideline for all the games. However at the end of the day I still get to be involved in a meaningful way helping the club I love to represent my home town in the world of professional soccer.


What should we expect this weekend in Oakland?

I think fans need to be patient as we have still been sorting through contracts and final team selections this week for a variety of reasons. I believe the team will work hard and fight but they don't know each other very well yet so it's unrealistic to expect them to be a well oiled machine. To be on the road against a great organization like Oakland right out of the gate is a big mountain to climb. We always expect to get a result when we take the field but regardless of the result this weekend I do think the team will make great progress in the coming week.



Chattanooga FC Adds Defender Sean Reynolds to Team for 2020 Campaign

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Chattanooga Football Club continues to stock its backline with top level talent for the 2020 NISA season, as the team is thrilled to announce the signing of defender Sean Reynolds. Reynolds is a true professional, having played the last five years for professional teams in Iceland and here in the states.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of CFC and continuing my career” said Reynolds. “Bill (Elliott) has been asking me to come to Chattanooga for years... He’s told me a lot about the club and it’s tremendous fan base. So I look forward to seeing Finley packed!”

Sean began his career at the University of West Florida, under the tutelage of Chattanooga FC Technical Director Bill Elliott. Since then, Reynolds has played all over the country and even overseas, playing for Icelandic club Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (FH), where they won the Icelandic League Cup. But it was back here in the states where Reynolds saw the most success, winning the USL Cup with Louisville City alongside Chattanooga FC alum Niall McCabe in 2017. Additionally, Reynolds played for Saint Louis FC with Chattanooga FC Managing Director Jeremy Alumbaugh, where he helped lead the team to its first playoff appearance in team history.

“We are so pleased to welcome Sean Reynolds to CFC” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “I have known Sean as a player for a long time. He has had a great career in the USL championship and as a former player of Bill Elliot’ts at University of West Florida. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber to step in and play for us in our inaugural professional season. We welcome him warmly and know he will do a great job for our club.”

Supporters will get a first chance to see Sean in action on February 29th in Oakland, CA against Oakland Roots, and March 14th against Michigan Stars. Chattanooga FC’s NISA Spring schedule is out and is available on ChattanoogaFC.com. Annual passes, flex tickets, and single game tickets are available now at ChattanoogaFC.com.

Sean Reynolds

Born: April 11, 1990

Position: Defender

College Career: University of West Florida

Senior Career: Baton Rouge Capitals, Thunder Bay Chill, Orlando City U23, Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar, Louisville City, Saint Louis FC