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CFC Opens NISA Fall Season next Saturday

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-31 14:30, modified at 14:40

Chattanooga Football Club kicks off the NISA Fall Season with a match versus Stumptown AC on Saturday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, August 7 | Finley Stadium | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | #CFCvSTU

CFC (0-0-0, 0 points) vs. Stumptown AC (0-0-0, 0 points)

Tickets: CFCTIX.com (Use code RMHCHATT21 at checkout to save $3.00 and have 20% donated to The Ronald McDonald House. It’s a win-win!)

Chattanooga Football Club will host Stumptown AC, from the Charlotte area, at Finley Stadium this weekend! CFC is happy to return home in front of the The Chattahooligan after winning the southeastern conference of the NISA Independent Cup summer tournament.

But now the march toward a national championship begins. CFC and Stumptown AC last played on June 21 at Finley Stadium in which the visitors edged a 1-0 result over the Boys in Blue. The club has made a few personnel changes and looks to start the Fall season on the right foot.

Stumptown is coached by Ron Underwood, two-time assistant coach for the Portland Timbers in the MLS.

ABOUT CFC

Chattanooga Football Club plays in the third tier of professional soccer in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA). Founded in 2009, it became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries. CFC made the move to pro in 2020. It has called Finley Stadium in downtown Chattanooga its home since the beginning.


Partner Content: The Safest Sports Betting Sites in Tennessee

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-27 00:18

When sports betting was legalized in Tennessee in 2019, the betting offers came in thick and fast! From established sports betting sites we'd all heard of to new brands promoting free bets and wagering bonuses, the Volunteer State was (and still is) inundated with unique betting options.

But, with so much choice can come great confusion, with players understandably unsure of what the best betting sites are and more importantly, which are the safest to place wagers via.

Below, we look at the safest betting sites in Tennessee, drawing your attention to licensed sportsbooks that protect players and employ respectable responsible gambling policies.

If you are looking to register with a sportsbook to place a football wager, or any other type of prediction, absorbing the below information first is advised.

BetMGM

BetMGM is one of the most popular sports betting sites in operation in Tennessee, having been providing online wagering services in the state since November 2020. As a joint venture between MGM Resorts and international betting business, Entain, BetMGM is a trusted brand with decades of experience in the gambling industry. This means it has been continuously audited by gambling authorities to ensure it's protecting its players on many levels.

From giving members the option to set daily, weekly and monthly wagering limits, to ensuring all of the payment providers available are secure, BetMGM is a safe online environment to say the least.

What's more, BetMGM utilizes SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption technology, meaning players’ personal and payment details are 100% protected, always.

BetAmerica

If you are searching for a safe wagering site in Tennessee then you cannot go far wrong with BetAmerica; one of the more established, reputable betting sites servicing the sports betting fans of the state. Again, this betting brand has many years of practice offering wagering solutions, boasting a great understanding of what players want and how to ensure they are gambling responsibly.

BetAmerica has recently launched a page dedicated to the subject of responsible wagering. On this page, players can read through a 'Problem Gambling Checklist'. This is a long list of questions, the answers to which will dictate whether or not the player has a problem with gambling. Questions on the checklist include the following:

  • Do you stay away from work or studying in order to gamble?

  • Do you gamble to escape from boredom or unhappiness?

  • When gambling and you run out of money, do you feel lost and in despair and need to gamble again as soon as possible?

The aim of this checklist is to encourage players to sit back and think about their gambling behaviours.

DraftKings

DraftKings Sportsbook began taking bets in 2020, with its attractive odds and competitive deals seeing it climb to the top of the Tennessee betting industry rather quickly. Although praised for its incredible selection of betting markets and bet types, the brand's attitude towards player safety is just as admirable.

Via a DraftKings account, members can utilize the 'Self- Exclusion' feature. This allows them to exclude themselves from wagering activities completely should they feel their relationship with gambling has become unhealthy.


William Hill US

As one of the largest gambling brands in the world, it was no surprise when William Hill entered the Tennessee betting market in 2020, giving players a full suite of online sports betting and casino services to enjoy on the go.

With unique betting tools such as live streaming and cash-out, William Hill quickly formed a strong user base in Tennessee. This has been enhanced by its in-play betting feature, live NFL scores, statistics page and much more.

As well as ensuring its players can implement spending and time limits, William Hill goes one step beyond its competitors when it comes to stamping out problem gambling. As part of its work in this area, WIlliam Hill created the William Hill Fund for Responsible Gaming. This sees William Hill US donate a proportion of its profits to safe gambling charities. These funds are available to US-based non-profit organizations only. Other work entails research projects on the effects of sports betting among US consumers, providing education and awareness programs and much more!

Other Tennessee-approved wagering sites going above what is expected of them include Fanduel Sportsbook, TwinSpires and WynnBet.

This means should you decide to register with any of the sports betting sites in this post, you will be in safe hands.

This guest post has been provided by our partners at freebets.us. Freebets.us is an online comparison site for the US betting industry, giving users the option to search, compare and claim free bets, daily fantasy sports credits and various other offers with ease. Freebets.us is part of a wider network of betting sites owned by Kontempry Ltd.


Chattanooga FC Breezes to Independent Cup Win

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-25 02:51, modified at 02:54

by Joseph Dycus, The Chattanoogan

Saturday truly did feel like Christmas in July for Chattanooga FC. Instead of presents, they got a handful of goals and a trophy as the winner of the summer Independents Cup. While the visiting Soda City had some talented players, they were no match for the boys in blue, who looked bigger, sharper, and more athletic over 90 minutes. CFC triumphed 5-0 over their overmatched opponents.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to present the 2021 NISA Independent Cup trophy to these gentlemen,” exclaimed former club chairman and current Chattanooga mayor Tim Kelly, who handed the trophy to veteran forward Juan Hernandez.

Cam Woodfin ripped down the right sideline and was confronted by a Soda City defender, but instead of going down, the winger pushed through the contact and pushed toward the goal.

He crossed the ball back to a couple of waiting teammates, who promptly slammed into each other. The ball kindly bounced to Markus Naglestad. The most dangerous striker in Chattanooga booted home CFC’s first goal of the game into the low right corner.

In the 14th minute, the speedy Brett Jones did his best Randy Moss impression to net CFC’s second goal. With Richard Dixon playing the role of Daunte Culpepper, Jones showcased his blazing speed and split the defense by running a go route underneath a high-arching pass.

Dixon lofted a pass from the fifty yard-line, and it didn’t come down until his speedy receiver caught up to it at the 15 yard line. Jones controlled the ball and netted his goal by flicking a cheeky and looping shot over the rushing keeper and giving CFC a 2-0 lead.

“Guys scored some great goals,” coach Peter Fuller said. “I think you’re trying to develop a mentality when it comes to scoring. Look, we scored so few goals this spring that right now, if we get a chance to score, we better score them.”

Naglestad wowed the fans in the 30th minute after Woodfin made another fine cross into the box. Standing in front of the goal but with a defender in his way, Naglestad flicked the ball behind his back like it was a basketball on grass and skated past his defender. While his hard shot into the lower left corner was saved, it was still a spectacular move.

Chattanooga FC’s defense, spearheaded by Nick Spielman, Richard Dixon, and Shaun Russell, locked down the Soda City attack. Any time the visitors thought they had an open lane to attack, it was quickly closed. After getting a good shot off in the first minute, it took until the 39th minute to get a couple of volleys into the box. Keeper Alec Reddington made a couple of nice saves and the threat passed.

“We weren’t too sharp (on defense), but to be honest, when you’re on the ball that much it’s a natural tendency to let your guard down," coach Fuller said. "I know we’ll have to be significantly better when we play Stumptown later in august.”

In the 44th minute, wingback James Kasak buzzed down the left sideline and into the box. He whipped a low cross to Brian Bement. Instead of trying to smash in a contested shot, he flicked a back heel pass into space across the box. Screaming into the area was Naglestad, who sent in a rocket to make it 3-0.

“We’ve played together enough in games and in training to know that if I made my front post run, he’d be following behind me,” assist-man Bement said. “I put it in the spot I knew he would be, and Marcus did the rest.”

Chattanooga FC maintained their form in the second half, with the only negative being an injury to Sean Hoffstatter. Reddington made a diving save to his right on a Soda City corner, and the youthful Damien Rodriguez made a wonderful cutback pass in the 64th minute.

Marcus Naglestad proved he is more than just a scorer in the 68th minute. As the free kick taker, he knifed in a slick pass to a cutting Juan Hernandez. He perfectly timed his run and was completely unmarked when he smacked in CFC’s fourth goal of the night. CFC cruised the rest of the way, adding one more late goal to make it 5-0, and sealed the cup victory.

“I think Markus is the kind of guy who thrives when he has time in the game,” coach Fuller said about the player who had two goals and an assist, “You have to let him go the full 90, and I thought he did very well.”

Naglestad and CFC start their Fall season on August 7th when they host Stumptown AC.

"If you take your foot off the gas, it can come back to bite you in the butt," Bement said. "Tonight we made sure to keep with it, and hopefully the momentum swings with us through the rest of the season."


CFC win inaugural Golden Chaco vs Appalachian FC

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-24 12:22, modified at 13:28

Chattanooga Football Club traveled to Boone, NC on Wednesday for the second leg of a home-away series, that became dubbed as the "Chaco Cup" due to both cities' love for outdoor footwear.

CFC won the first leg at Finley Stadium 3-2 earlier this month. Another large crowd would await them in the high country as 1,100 fans filled the Ted Mack Soccer Complex.

The scoring began early when CFC drew a penalty in the third minute. CFC captain Juan Hernandez put the ball in a place where AFC goalkeeper Nic Bucholz had no chance.

CFC were able to extend the lead in the 33' when Hernandez delivered an assist to Brett Jones who was able to get a low shot into the net. During the fourth minute of extra time in the first half, AFC's Camden Holbrook converted a penalty kick to make the halftime score 2-1.

Chattanooga FC had to play most of the second half down a man, when Alec McKinley was given a straight red card for a tackle on Angelo Fabricio.

In the 82nd minute, Fabricio scored the equalizer. Just a few minutes later, Fabricio scored again to to take its first lead 3-2.

However, Dalton's Damian Rodriquez showed some nifty skill to deliver a great assist to one of two CFC trialists, who tied the game at 3-3 in extra time. The goal gave CFC the 6-5 aggregate win and the Golden Chaco trophy.

Chattanooga Football Club returns to Finley Stadium on Saturday vs Soda City FC at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating is available now at CFCTIX.com.


Markus Naglestad On a Goal-Scoring Rampage

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-18 13:09, modified at 13:18

By: Rick Nyman/WDEF-TV
July 12, 2021

Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) When Markus Naglestad joined the CFC this year, he came with a goal scoring reputation. During his playing days in his home country of Norway, Naglestad scored 104 goals in 126 matches. And over the last two weeks, he has been on a goal scoring rampage for Chattanooga.

You many not find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for the CFC, but you’ll find a pot of goals, courtesy of Markus Naglestad. When the CFC signed him, the team press release said a gunslinger is coming to town all the way from Norway.

Reporter:”Do you like that moniker? Does it feel pretty good when they call you that?”
Said Naglestad:”I guess. It’s the first time I’m hearing it, but yeah I suppose it does.”

Naglestad has been unstoppable of late, scoring 5 goals in the last 3 games.
Said head coach Peter Fuller:”I think the key thing is is getting a run of games for him and getting him 90 minutes.”

Said Naglestad:”If I spend 90 minutes on the field, I’m going to get at least a couple of chances, and I usually put at least one away.”

Said Fuller: "The one thing with him. When he gets one, he might get three or four. He really feeds off it, and the truth of it is, we as a group feed off of that too.”

In college at Providence, Naglestad set a Division one NCAA record scoring three goals in two minutes. Holy cow.

Said Naglestad:”It’s kind of a freak kind of two minutes where I just got into a couple of spots. Back-to-back-to-back and was able to put them in. That was definitely a lot of fun yeah.”

Simply put, Naglestad is pretty good with his feet.

Said Fuller:”He can strike a ball right or left footed. I was going to say equally well. Obviously his right is clearly his dominant foot. He is incredibly accurate though with his left.”

Said Naglestad:”I love scoring goals. Yeah. Every time I go on the field, I’m there to try and score at least one.”


CFC dominant in 4-0 win over Savannah Clovers

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-18 00:43, modified at 12:08

Chattanooga Football Club traveled to Savannah for an Independent Cup matchup with UPSL side Savannah Clovers.

CFC controlled the match from the beginning and got the scoring going in the 19'. Markus Naglestad played a great ball in on a free kick. The Savannah goalkeeper got his hands on it but Nick Spielman made sure CFC took the 1-0 lead.


Just a few minutes later, a turnover just past midfield led to a Markus Naglestad goal to bring the Boys in Blue up 2-0.


Chattanooga was not finished yet. Naglestad would continue his hot streak of goals in the 35' minutes later. That would be the scored headed into halftime.


The Clovers were able to hold CFC scoreless for most of the second half until Topher Marshall passed to Cameron Woodfin in extra time to end the game 4-0.


Christmas in July comes to Finley Stadium on the 24th

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-16 19:20, modified at 23:45

Your "presents" is requested for Christmas in July with the Chattanooga Football Club. We welcome Soda City FC from Columbia, SC in a final Independent Cup match on Saturday, July 24! The last time CFC faced Soda City was August 1 of last year's Independent Cup, when CFC won 3-0 at Finley Stadium.

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, July 17 | Finley Stadium | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | #CFCvSOD

Tickets Available Here (Use code BBBS2021 to save $3 for yourself and CFC will make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga).

Look for a special drink mixed up just for CFC fans and for one night only! The Jingle Balls is sure to cool you down. It a delicious blend of cranberry, lime, ginger ale, and vodka with festive green fruit popping pearls on top.

Our Kids Corner will feature Christmas-themed drawing activities.

Halftime will feature a Christmas wrapping competition, with a very famous judge.

No Christmas theme would be complete without presents -- so we will have a fun raffle to give away Christmas presents. Eligible recipients can be naughty or nice.

Be sure spend time in the fan shop inside the south concourse. Shop with Christmas music playing and grab a photo with the CFC Christmas tree, complete with CFC ornaments top to bottom. A few special items available to purchase include: new gold ornament, winter scarves and prior season toboggans on sale, as well as mystery boxes for sale under the tree.

On your way out of the gate we have a special gift to keep your holiday mood going.

CFC School Supply Donation Drive

We will accept the following supplies to distribute and put together backpacks for our Community/Club partners.

  • Backpacks

  • No. 2 Pencils

  • Erasers

  • Black, Blue, Red Ink Pens

  • Binders

  • Pocket Folders

  • Loose Leaf Paper (College Ruled, Wide Ruled, Copy)

  • Glue Sticks

  • Water Bottles

  • Scotch Tape

  • Pencil Pouches

  • Note Cards

  • Spiral and Composition Notebooks

  • Dividers

  • Crayons

  • Calculators

  • Highlighters

  • Rulers


Preview: CFC face Savannah Clovers on the road Saturday

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-11 23:25, modified on 2021-07-18 13:08

Chattanooga Football Club looks to keep its July winning streak alive as it leaves for a road match vs Savannah Clovers in its second Independent Cup on Saturday night.

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, July 17 | Memorial Stadium - Savannah | 7:00 p.m. (ET) | #CFCvSAV

Overall Record 2021 (Win-Tie-Loss)
CFC (8-3-9) vs. Savannah Clovers (3-1-0)

Broadcast: ELEVEN Sports

Savannah Clovers is coming off a 1-1 with Soda City FC on Saturday, July 10 in their Independent Cup opener. Savannah plays in the UPSL, which includes more than 300 pro development teams in the country.

The last time CFC faced Savannah was July 18 of last year's Independent Cup, when CFC won 3-0.

"We are excited about playing Savannah clovers this weekend," said CFC Head Coach Peter Fuller.

"They gave us a great game last year at our place and I would expect more of the same down at their place this year! They had a good result against Soda City this weekend and will be looking to put themselves in the driver's seat with a win against us this weekend. It should be a great game!"


CFC win 1-0 over Atletico Atlanta to open Independent Cup play

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-11 15:45, modified at 18:52

Midfielder James Kasak served a 20 yard ball into the box, and the most lethal striker in the city was on the other end. Markus Naglestad used a beautiful high-kick flick with his back heel to tap the ball past the keeper toward the near post. It was an Ibrahimovic-esque strike, and the only goal of CFC’s 1-0 Independent Cup win over Atletico Atlanta, who featured former CFC’er David Koloko.

“It came in really high, and I just tried to get something on it and luckily it went in,” Naglestad said.

“I try to anticipate what my teammates do, and try to do the things right when I have the ball.”

After a storm caused a 45 minute delay, the boys in blue (or in this case, white with blue numbering), focused most of their attacks down the left flank, which featured wide midfielder Kasak and winger Felipe Oliviera. After experimenting with a 4-3-3 last match, CFC went with a 3-43 with midfielder Juan Hernandez playing more of a false-nine role.

“I think Markus is good at playing there (as a nine), but in the natural flow of the game he gets the ball played in with his back to the goal as a nine, which means he’s not facing where we want him to face,” coach Peter Fuller said about Naglestad not being a nine in an ideal world. “I want him underneath and running onto things, and people are seeing why we made a play for him.”

CFC looked to have a fastbreak going in the 25th minute after Hernandez pounded on a wayward Atletico Atlanta pass. He threaded a beautiful through ball to his teammate on the right, but the runner couldn’t get a good first touch despite having tons of open space ahead, and the ball trickled away.

There were a few other chances to score, but the home team seemed stuck at 1-0. The defense, led by Richard Dixon, Nick Spielman, and Kai DaSilva, kept the Atletico chances to a minimum. But the offense was just a bit off, with passes being a little out of reach, runs slightly late, and chances being slightly sloppy. The team did their best to push the ball down the wings, but the crosses were either late or did not happen at all.

“We (wasted) a bunch of chances, but I think that in this situation in July, I believe as long as we’re creating chances I’m not going to be too hard on the guys,” coach Peter Fuller said.

CFC avoided disaster in the 44th minute, when keeper Alec Reddington’s punt was deflected by a charging opponent. He scrambled to dive back onto the ball when an Atletico player tried to play an ensuing through-ball. CFC went into the half still up on the UPSL team by a goal.

“Today, they had a couple of shots where Alec was forced to make some saves, and one even hit the crossbar,” Naglestad said. “With all respect to Atletico Atlanta, we’re going to play better teams that will punish us if we don’t sharpen up.”

Oliviera almost made it 2-0 in the first minute after halftime. He broke loose on the counterattack on the left side. But his first shot was blocked by the keeper, and then the rebound was also deflected out of bounds.

CFC’s fans had their breath almost taken away in the 64th minute when an Atletico striker cut to his inside right foot and sized up a shot from 20 yards away. His rocket looked true, but bounced off the top crossbar instead of in the net, and CFC was once again fortunate to still be up 1-0.

Less than two minutes later, Chattanooga should have been up 2-0. Kasak had the ball on the left wing and was being hounded by a defender on the counter. Standing parallel to him was Naglestad, who was just waiting for a pass so he could tap in the easiest goal of the year. Instead, Kasak tried to take the shot himself and couldn’t convert. CFC got a couple of more wonderful chances in the next few minutes, but like in the first half, they just couldn’t get the ball past the keeper.

“I thought he did some very good things, and some very naïve things,” coach Fuller said. “He tends to get a little casual in the midfield, so it’s a little bit of a mixed bag. But he’s a young player with a ton of potential.”

Chattanooga had at least three shots blocked and even more bodies hit the ground on one of the wildest sequences of the year. After Hernandez sent in a short cross, the home squad had multiple chances to score, but every shot was deflected by either a keeper or a defender.

As ugly as the game was, Chattanooga FC held on for the win in front of 2,094 fans. Atletico Atlanta got one more great chance in the 88th minute when a Tate Robertson tackle just outside the box resulted in his second bad foul of the game and a red card. Atlanta’s Israel Kami took his best shot, but the volley was blocked by the wall.

CFC heads on the road next week to play Savannah Clovers next Saturday, before traveling to Boone for a rematch with Appalachian FC on the 21st.


_This story originally appeared at Chattanoogan.com. _

CFC return home on Saturday, July 24 to face Soda City FC from Columbia, SC in a match that could decide the southeast region of the Independent Cup. Grab your first choice of seats early at CFCTIX.com.



Preview: CFC kick off Independent Cup play Saturday vs Atletico Atlanta

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-09 22:59, modified on 2021-07-11 23:25

Chattanooga Football Club looks to earn its second win of the week as it opens Independent Cup play again Atletico Atlanta on Saturday night in Finley Stadium.

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, July 10 | Finley Stadium | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | #CFCvATL

Overall Record 2021 (Win-Tie-Loss)
CFC (7-3-9) vs. Atletico Atlanta (4-1-1)

Chattanooga FC experimented with some different players in different position in their last match on Wednesday night. Now just three days later, they look to knock off a worthy opponent from a couple hours down the road. CFC is one of four teams in the southeast region of this summer's Independent Cup tournament. They play each of the three opponents once for the chance to win the region.

Atletico Atlanta General Manager Joao Garcia said he's looking forward to the trip.

"We are especially excited to play against Chattanooga, which is a big one here in our area," said Garcia. "They have a great atmosphere in their stadium. It’s a beautiful stadium, with a city who just loves that team. So we are really excited about the trip to Chattanooga and to get to play against a professional team. I think that will be a highlight of our time in the Independent Cup.”

Atletico Atlanta plays in the UPSL, which includes more than 300 pro development teams in the country. Atletico Atlanta went undefeated in 2020 to claim the UPSL National Championship. This matchup is the first game for both teams in the NISA Independent Cup, which is a summer tournament that provides competition to professional and amateur sides. Tickets are available now at CFCTIX.com. All seats are reserved seating on the south side of the stadium (home).

View the Matchday Guide here.

Cause of the Night
The CFC Cause of the Night for Saturday is the United Way of Greater Chattanooga. Use code UWGC21 to save $3 off each ticket and CFC will also make a donation. United Way brings people and resources together to address the most pressing human service needs in our community. These issues, like helping families become self-sufficient, preparing children for success in school and helping our most vulnerable achieve health and wellbeing, benefit everyone.


Chattanooga FC returns home for a thrilling win over Appalachian FC.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-09 02:16, modified at 12:06

  • 18-year-old Ricardo Behena (Dalton HS) sees first pro soccer start for CFC
  • Local Academy product Michael Barrueta starts 2H in goal for CFC
  • Norwegian striker Markus Naglestad scores two goals and one assist

Wednesday’s rain gave way to a beautiful night of soccer at Finley Stadium. And it was raining goals as CFC and Appalachian State combined for five balls into the net.

Early in the match CFC applied pressure to Appalachian FC with several long goal attempts but none on target. It would be Appalachian FC with the first goal in the 20’ from a corner kick. They team from Boone, NC would add another six minutes later. This one was produced by a free kick.

CFC decided to pick up the pace and just five minutes later Markus Naglestad sent the ball flying into the right corner of the goal, producing hope for a CFC win.

Several substitutions were made by CFC to start the second half. Michael Barrueta went into goal for Alec Reddington. Nick Spielman, Cameron Woodfin, and Tate Robertson subbed in for Ricardo Bahena, Juan Hernandez, and Cutler Coleman.

After several attempts to tie up the match it was Naglestad again with a dash of brilliance into the left side of the net for the 2-2 standoff at the 51’ minute.

The roar from the crowd could be heard from outside the stadium. Naglestad was not finished. In the 58’ he assisted Felipe Oliveira,who scored the game winner against the Sasquatch. Plenty of attempts to regain the lead came from Appalachian FC but Barrueta and the defensive players made sure of a second half shutout.

After the match, Head Coach Peter Fuller said he was pleased with the finish following a disappointing start.

“It was great to be back in Finley, among our great supporters,” Fuller said. “We got some good performances in the second half from several players. One player in particular, Marcus Naglestad, was excellent scoring two goals and continued to cause problems for their defense all night long.”

Chattanooga Football Club begin play in the Independent Cup on Saturday in Finley Stadium. Kickoff against defending UPSL national champions Atletico Atlanta is 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats are required so be sure to purchase early at CFCTIX.com.


Busy summer schedule includes Independent Cup before NISA Fall Season begins

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-07 10:53, modified at 11:45

Chattanooga Football Club will compete in the Independent Cup as part of a busy slate of summer games before the start of the regular NISA Fall Season.

For the Independent Cup, CFC is in the southeast region with Atletico Atlanta, Savannah Clovers, and Soda City FC from Columbia, SC.

The Independent Cup, introduced last year as a regionalized competition, provides independent professional and amateur clubs a platform to play together on a national stage. This year's competition will feature 54 matches in 4 weeks in the nation's largest interleague tournament of 2021. The tournament kickoff date is July 9. Each of the nine regional competitions will crown a champion.

NISA expanded the Independent Cup field to include a total of 28 amateur sides to assist clubs after the US Open Cup cancelled.

“The Independent Cup champions the independent spirit of open competition,” says NISA Executive Vice President Josh Prutch. “Over the last year, we have seen competition after competition get shut down. The Independent Cup gives these clubs more opportunities to compete, develop and succeed – and that is why we expanded the field for 2021.”

"The Independent Cup last year served as a beacon of hope for sports," said CFC Managing Director Jeremey Alumbaugh.

"It was one of the first competitions to be back up and running last summer and showed our fans and supporters that CFC was back after the shutdown with the pandemic. In a similar sense it is a beacon of hope for soccer in our nation."

Alumbaugh, entering his second year a managing director, says he is excited about the growth of the event and happy to see a community-driven club like CFC be part of growing the game in this small way.

"The Independent Cup is a competition that thrives on amateur and professional clubs competing on the field under the premise that communities know best how to support their clubs and clubs themselves," said Alumbaugh.

About CFC's Opponents:

Atletico Atlanta
July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Finley Stadium
Tickets
Atletico Atlanta plays in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) as an amateur club. They were undefeated in 2020 and claimed the UPSL National Championship. They're 2-time regional champions and 3-time state champions in Georgia.

Savannah Clovers
July 17, 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium, Savannah
Savannah Clovers Football Club was founded in 2016 as an amateur soccer club. Being the first of its kind in Savannah, the Clovers currently competes in the nationally recognized 5th division, United Premier Soccer League (UPSL).

Soda City FC
July 24, 7:30 p.m.
Finley Stadium
Tickets
Soda City FC (SCFC) was founded by passionate local soccer players, and is a semi-professional soccer team that plays year-round in the southeast division of the United Premier Soccer League(UPSL), a professional development soccer league.

NISA Independent Cup full schedule can be found at https://nisasoccer.com/indcup.

About NISA
The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. A member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer Independent Cup, open to independent professional and amateur clubs alike. For more information about NISA visit NISASoccer.com or contact at info@nisasoccer.com. Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and on Instagram @nisasoccer.


Preview: CFC vs Appalachian FC

Permalink - Posted on 2021-07-01 12:05, modified on 2021-07-09 23:16

Chattanooga Football Club returns to Finley to host Appalachian FC in the first leg of a home-away series with new club in the NPSL.

MATCH INFORMATION

Wednesday, July 7 | Finley Stadium | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | #CFCvAPP
LIVE STREAM: ELEVEN

Overall Record 2021 (Win-Tie-Loss)
CFC (6-3-9) vs. Appalachian FC (4-4-2)

This is the inaugural season for Appalachian FC, which plays in the National Premier Soccer League. CFC fans will remember the NPSL well -- the league where Chattanooga FC played for years before turning pro. Appalachian FC is coached by Dale Parker, who played professionally in England and has coached US Youth National Team players as well as at the collegiate level in the U.S. The club is owned by former Appalachian State University Men’s Soccer Coach Jason O’Keefe, who helped start the club when Appalachian State discontinued Men's Soccer.

Tickets are available now at CFCTIX.com, including hospitality options and the CFC Cornhole Tournament. We look forward to opening all seats on the south side of the stadium (home) so we can be together again without seating restrictions. The north side (away) will no longer be open. Order early for the best seats.

View the Matchday Guide here.

Cause of the Night
The CFC Cause of the Night for Wednesday is Friends of the Troops, a 501c3 nonprofit organization established to help members of the United States Armed forces who, for any reason, slip through the cracks of other organizations. They support deployed and stateside service members by sending them cards and care packages, helping their families in times of need, such as the Holidays or after the birth of a new baby. Use code TROOP21 to save $3 off each ticket and CFC will also make a donation.


Up 2-0, Chattanooga FC fall to LA 3-2 in NISA semifinal

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• Will be the third meeting this spring between the two clubs; each has won one.

• Former CFC player Samuel Goni now part of Los Angeles Force

MATCH INFORMATION

Wednesday, June 30 | Kenworth Stadium Detroit | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | #CFCvLAF

CFC (2-2-4, 8 points) vs. Los Angeles Force (6-0-2, 18 points)

Watch: BeIN Sports Xtra

When Los Angeles Force came to Finley Stadium on April 13, it was Chattanooga FC winning on its home field 4-1. Two months later on June 9, it was LA's turn to host and it was LA's night. Christian Chaney scored both goals in the last 20 minutes in a 2-0 win for the LA Force. The third meeting between the clubs will be on a neutral site in Detroit with a spot in the NISA league championship on the line.

"I expect the Los Angeles Force team we played (in June) rather than the team that we played (in April)," said CFC Head Coach Peter Fuller.

"They're very different. Made lots of changes. I expect they'll be a real handful."

Fuller went on to say, "One thing I was really impressed with when we were out there is they worked really hard for each other."

Chattanooga FC advanced to the league semifinal by making it to the final in the Legends Cup tournament hosted in Chattanooga earlier this spring. Los Angeles Force advanced to the semifinal based on its standings for the spring regular season. Detroit City FC advanced straight to the final by winning the fall regular season. Detroit will play the winner of Chattanooga FC and Los Angeles Force on July 3 in Detroit.

ABOUT CFC

Chattanooga Football Club plays in the third tier of professional soccer in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA). Founded in 2009, it became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries. CFC made the move to pro in 2020. It has called Finley Stadium in downtown Chattanooga its home since the beginning.

MILESTONES

1 National Championship: USASA Amateur National Champions
4 NPSL National Finals
3 NPSL Regional Championships
8 NPSL Conference Titles
11 seasons with winning records


Detroit edges CFC 2-1 in final regular season match before playoffs

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Chattanooga Football Club held Detroit City FC scoreless for the final 65 minutes but fall 2-1 on the road in front of 4,751 fans.

Not long after kickoff Detroit created a turnover in the 2nd minute just outside of the 18. That turnover led to a goal by Pato Botello Faz. A few minutes later in the 18th minute, Detroit's Jimmy Fireman was able to put the home team up 2-0.

Chattanooga would hold Detroit for the rest of the half and head to the locker room down 2-0.

In the second half, Detroit made two substitutions in the 68th minute. The goal CFC had been looking for came in the 79th minute. The Boys in Blue had an excellent build-up that ended with Markus Nagletad making a perfect pass to the top of the box where Felipe Oliviera was waiting.to take advantage.

Chattanooga FC had the opportunity to tie the match in the 85' when Detroit's goalkeeper took Ryan Marcano down in the box. Oliviera was unable to convert as the keeper dove to the correct side to stop the shot.

The visitors were still not finished with the fight -- as a screaming corner kick in the extra time was headed toward the goal, only to punched away.

Chattanooga FC had two more shots than Detroit (9-7) in the game but Detroit had 5 shots on goal compared to three. Both teams earned three corner kicks each.

Chattanooga Football Club continues its spring season with NISA League Semifinal on Wednesday versus Los Angeles Force. The winner of that match will face Detroit on July 3 for the national championship.

Watch the match recap.


Emmy-nominated media veteran tapped to lead CFC content team

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Chattanooga, TN (June 23, 2021) -- Chattanooga Football Club is thrilled to announce that local media veteran Derrall Stalvey has joined the club as Director of Communications and Content. Derrall brings to the club a keen skill set focused on both visual and digital storytelling, and will significantly improve an already robust team to ensure that CFC’s presence in the community and online is second to none.

“It was important to us to bring into this position someone who had the experience needed to do the things we were looking to accomplish, while also having a passion for local soccer, Chattanooga, and our community. Derrall checks all those boxes.” said Jeremy Alumbaugh, Managing Director, Chattanooga FC. “He has hit the ground running, and I think that supporters will see an immediate impact.”

Stalvey previously served as News Director for WRCB (NBC) for 10 years. He was recently nominated for an Emmy for The Social Divide, a documentary he produced and directed for WRCB’s parent company.

Outside of television, he has focused on the youth game by guiding the communication and social media outreach for the Chattanooga FC Academy as well as providing creative direction for the nationwide movement of SoccerParenting.com and TheSidelineProject.com. He will continue in those roles while working with the first team.

“Our family has loyally supported CFC since the beginning and to support this club at this time and in this new way is a privilege,” said Stalvey. “Plus, joining a professional soccer club in my own community is not something I could pass. CFC already has a rich and well-documented history but I can’t wait to help us show brand new fans why everyone loves CFC!”

Supporters will no doubt recognize Derrall from the CFC stands, where he has been an ardent supporter since 2009. He and his wife, Heather, have been married for 20 years and have lived in Chattanooga since 2007. They have two daughters who joined the CFC Academy at the U9 and U8 ages. Their oldest daughter, Zoe, will be a senior on Baylor’s soccer team and Ella Claire, 8th grade, plays for Baylor as well.

Please help us in welcoming Derrall to the team! You can follow him on Twitter at @Derrall. Media may reach him at derrall@chattanoogafc.com.


CFC faces Detroit for one more match before the playoffs

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Chattanooga Football Club travels to Detroit for a matchup before the start of the NISA payoffs

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, June 26 | Kenworth Stadium Detroit | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | #CFCvDET

CFC (2-2-3, 8 points) vs. Detroit City FC (5-2-0, 17 points)

Watch: BeIN Sports Xtra

Two of the most storied clubs in independent soccer will face off in Detroit as Chattanooga Football Club travels north in advance of the NISA semifinal.

This will be CFC's final test before it faces #1 Los Angeles Force the following week in the playoffs.

ABOUT CFC

Chattanooga Football Club plays in the third tier of professional soccer in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA). Founded in 2009, it became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries. CFC made the move to pro in 2020. It has called Finley Stadium in downtown Chattanooga its home since the beginning.


CFC falls 1-0 to Stumptown AC on a rainy Saturday night

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Chattanooga Football Club fell 1-0 to Stumptown AC on Saturday in front of 2,485 loyal fans who braved an uncertain weather day to cheer on their Boys in Blue.

See the video highlights from the BeIN television broadcast here.

Chattanooga FC head next to Detroit to close out the spring regular season on June 26 before the NISA playoffs, also in Detroit. The team returns to Finley Stadium on Saturday, July 7 to host Appalachian FC in the first leg of a home-away friendly. Reserve the best seats now at CFCTIX.com.


CFC supports The Bethlehem Center ahead of Juneteenth Festival

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Chattanooga FC players and front office staff spent part of a sunny Wednesday afternoon at The Bethlehem Center, ahead of its Juneteenth Festival this weekend.

CFC players Juan Hernandez, Richard Dixon, Shaun Russell, and Cameron Woodfin stopped by to play soccer and do activities with the kids who are participating in programs there.

Players demonstrated soccer moves to the students and taught several soccer fundamentals. Others participated in numerous arts and crafts activities and enjoyed being together with the professional athletes.

On Saturday before the CFC match, you are invited to The Bethlehem Center for their festival to include food, music, arts, and more. If you use code BETH21 at checkout, CFC will donate 20% back to the organization to support its ongoing work. Additionally, you will save $3 off each ticket just by using the code. It's a win-win! Go to CFCTIX.com.

About The Bethlehem Center
It is a 100 year-old nonprofit organization helping Alton Park residents in Chattanooga, TN become stable and productive citizens by providing discipleship, education, and leadership development programs for children and families. They serve children, adults, and families. Learn more and get involved at www.thebeth.org today.


NISA Fall Schedule Includes More Home Games for CFC

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Chattanooga Football Club will have a guaranteed 26 matches, including 13 at home, over the next six months. The announcement was part of the fall schedule release by National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) on Wednesday.

All home games are included in the annual pass at CFCTIX.com.

The schedule features the table debut of Chicago House AC. Ten clubs will play in a single-table format of nine home and nine away matches. The Fall league play official kicks off for CFC on Saturday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Finley Stadium as Stumptown AC comes to town.

Chattanooga FC travels to New Amsterdam FC in New York the following weekend before returning home of four consecutive Saturday nights in Finley Stadium. It will host Maryland Bobcats FC on August 21 followed by Los Angeles Force on August 28. Detroit City FC then come to town for the Labor Day weekend match on Saturday, September 4.

The Boys in Blue then start a run of 5 matches in 4 weeks vs California teams. It goes to Los Angeles Force on September 11 before returning home on to face San Diego 1904 FC on Saturday, September 18. It is then back on the road for two games in California and then a Thursday night game in Finley Stadium on October 7. New Amsterdam FC comes to Chattanooga on Saturday, October 23.

November includes two games at home with newcomer Chicago House AC on Wednesday, November 3 and then Michigan Stars comes to town on Saturday, November 13.

“The competitiveness of our league has been on full display this spring and is fueling our excitement for an expanded table in the fall,” says NISA Commissioner John Prutch.

See the full schedule for all teams here.

About NISA

The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. A member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer Independent Cup, open to independent professional and amateur clubs alike. For more information about NISA visit NISAsoccer.com or contact at info@nisasoccer.com. Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and on Instagram @nisasoccer.


CFC returns home Saturday for Father's Day weekend match

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Chattanooga Football Club returns home for a match versus Stumptown AC on Saturday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, June 19 | Finley Stadium | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | #CFCvSTU

CFC (2-2-2, 8 points) vs. Stumptown AC (2-1-1, 8 points)

Tickets: CFCTIX.com (Use code BETH21 at checkout to save $3.00 and have 20% donated to The Bethlehem Center. It's a win-win!)

Chattanooga Football Club will host Stumptown AC, from the Charlotte area, at Finley Stadium on Father’s Day weekend! CFC is happy to return home in front of the The Chattahooligan after a two-game trip to California last week.

CFC is coming off a dramatic finish against San Diego 1904 FC, which saw the Boys in Blue tie it in the closing minutes 1-1 on Saturday. Stumptown AC will have a short week after drawing 1-1 with Cal United on Tuesday night.

Stumptown is coached by Ron Underwood, two-time assistant coach for the Portland Timbers in the MLS.

ABOUT CFC

Chattanooga Football Club plays in the third tier of professional soccer in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA). Founded in 2009, it became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries. CFC made the move to pro in 2020. It has called Finley Stadium in downtown Chattanooga its home since the beginning.


Join us for a special presentation to celebrate 100 CFC matches for Juan Hernandez!


Recap: CFC earn hard-fought draw in San Diego

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Chattanooga FC earn hard fought draw in San Diego vs.1904 FC

The boys in blue looked likely to head home from their West Coast trip empty-handed. After a Wednesday night match in which they fell 2-0 to Los Angeles Force, Chattanooga’s Football Club found themselves down by a goal in San Diego with only minutes to play.

Rhys Gordie broke the deadlock just as the first half expired, sending a rocket from just outside the box through multiple defenders and past goalkeeper Alec Redington.

The second half was just as tightly contested as the first, each team testing the other goalkeeper with both sides holding firm. Redington made some key saves late in the match that would’ve put a result out of reach. It wasn’t until the last embers of the match began to fade, in the 89th minute, when Tate Robertson laced a beautiful free kick into the box and found Ian McGrath, whose header snuck past the goalkeeper and evened up the game.

CFC had one last chance and nearly took the lead but the shot from Sean Hoffstatter went just over the crossbar, and the match ended 1-1.

“Obviously disappointed to not get all three points” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “Especially with the way we played in the second half and the amount of quality chances that we created. I’m proud of the guys for fighting back from a very disappointing goal given up just before halftime. I thought we got some excellent performances from our substitutes yesterday. Excited to get back home after a long trip and looking forward to the Stumptown game on Saturday night in front of our great fans.”

This Saturday will be a massive match for CFC, which will welcome Stumptown AC to Finley Stadium Saturday, June 19, 7:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now at CFCTIX.com.

WATCH: Match Recap


Preview: CFC take on San Diego 1904 FC

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Chattanooga Football Club continues its west coast swing with a match versus San Diego 1904 FC Saturday night at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 8:00 p.m. ET.

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, June 12 | Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center | 8:00 p.m. (ET)

CFC (2-1-2, 7 points) vs. San Diego1904 FC (2-0-2, 6 points)

Match Recap: ELEVENSports

Chattanooga Football Club will be hosted by San Diego 1904 FC as CFC looks to bounce back from an 0-2 loss on Wednesday night to Los Angeles. Both teams are coming off midweek losses, with 1904 FC losing to Cal United 1-3.

This is the first matchup between the two clubs. CFC and 1904 FC current sit #5 and #6 on the table respectively. A win tonight will move one of them into 4th place behind Detroit, Los Angeles, and Cal United.

ABOUT CFC

Chattanooga Football Club plays in the third tier of professional soccer in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA). Founded in 2009, it became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries. CFC made the move to pro in 2020. It has called Finley Stadium in downtown Chattanooga its home since the beginning.


Chattanooga FC comes up short against Los Angeles Force.

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• Los Angeles Force win 2-0 against Chattanooga FC

• After accumulating two yellow cards Richard Dixon is ejected off the field.

June 10, 2021

Chattanooga FC travelled to the west coast to play Los Angeles Force in sunny California on Wednesday. Early into the match you could tell this was going to be a fantastic back and forth contest between the two teams. During the first half of the match there were several shot attempts from both teams with no success. At the 31st and 34th minute Alec Redington saved two on goal attempts from LA Force. First half of the match ended scoreless.

LA Force came out the gate in the second half with guns blazing and another shot attempt in the 48th minute. Cameron Woodfin was there to clear it. Without remorse Chattanooga FC fired back at the 55th minute, but once again was sent out by the Force defense.

A 62nd minute CFC corner kick received by Kyle Carr goes up and over the bar just short of a goal. Not long after, in the 66th minute, team captain Richard Dixon earned his first yellow card of the match. LA took the lead two minutes later with a header by Christian Chaney. Dixon earned a second yellow shortly after. Two yellow cards in four minutes ended the CFC captain’s night.

LA took advantage with another goal by Chaney, to put the Force up 2-0. In the 78th minute, CFC made several substitutions but the score would not change.

Head Coach Peter Fuller thought there were good parts for his side, despite the disappointing loss.

“Certainly disappointed to give the two goals away in the last 20 minutes,” Fuller said.

“They are a very good team and one that we may very well see in the league semifinals. They have quality players everywhere and they have an excellent collective spirit. We had a light day today and then training day tomorrow as we prepare for San Diego on Saturday night.”

CFC faces San Diego 1904 in California on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EDT. A link to the live stream will be available at ChattanoogaFC.com.

The next home match is Saturday, June 19 for a showdown against Stumptown AC. Grab the best seats early at CFCTIX.com.


Preview: CFC takes on the LA Force

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Chattanooga Football Club heads west this week to take on Los Angeles Force Wednesday night at Silverlakes Sports Complex in Norco, California. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 9:00 p.m. ET.

MATCH INFORMATION


Wednesday, June 9 | Silverlakes Sports Complex | 9:00 p.m. (ET)


CFC (2-1-1, 7 points) vs.Los Angeles Force (4-0-2, 12 points)


Live Updates: ChattanoogaFC.com and social media channels

Chattanooga Football Club will be hosted by the LA Force in a midweek match as CFC looks to carry its momentum from Saturday’s 2-0 victory over New Amsterdam FC at Finley Stadium. Both teams are coming off wins this weekend, with LA Force beating Michigan Stars 2-1.

Chattanooga is facing Los Angeles for the second time this spring. In the last matchup between the two clubs in April, CFC went on a scoring frenzy for the 4-1 win in front of the home fans at Finley Stadium to open the Legends Cup tournament.

"We’re looking to keep building on the previous game being in a new formation” said Midfielder Cameron Woodfin. “We’re wanting to push to be more creative in our buildup and our attacking third play. We’re definitely wanting to score more goals! I want to thank everyone for continued support even as we travel across the country. We think about you every game day."

LA sits in second place thanks to having played two more games than CFC so far. CFC can still move into third place with a win over LA.

The referees may need to keep the cards ready, as Los Angeles have been booked more than any other team in NISA this spring with 14 yellows and no reds.

ABOUT CFC

Chattanooga Football Club plays in the third tier of professional soccer in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA). Founded in 2009, it became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries. CFC made the move to pro in 2020. It has called Finley Stadium in downtown Chattanooga its home since the beginning.