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Chattanooga FC falls on PK's in Open Cup

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GREENSBORO, NC (WRCB) -- There was a bad case of deja vu for Chattanooga FC in its second appearance in the prestigious U.S. Open Cup.

The local side blew a two-goal second half lead and squandered another advantage in overtime before losing to Carolina Dynamo 5-4 on penalty kicks in the opening round of the 100th edition of the nation's oldest soccer tournament.

The Dynamo, a USL Premier Developmental League team with a similar roster makeup to that of Chattanooga FC, tied the match at four in the closing minutes of the second overtime period before beating CFC 4-1 in penalty kicks.

Two years ago Chattanooga FC blew a second-half lead and lost in overtime to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a pro squad, in its U.S. Open Cup debut.

Chattanooga FC erased an early 1-0 deficit with three straight goals, the first two coming from Luke Winter and Thibault Charmey.

The Dynamo pulled within 3-2 on a penalty kick in the 75th minute before tying the game with just three minutes left in regulation.

Fynn Glover's goal off a corner early in the second OT period put CFC back up 4-3, but they couldn't hold the advantage.

Chattanooga FC had several other scoring chances in the match, but had at least three shots ricochet off the posts.

CFC will return to NPSL play this weekend with a Saturday visit to the Gulfcoast Texans. The team will then return to Finley Stadium on May 25th to host the Mississippi Storm.

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