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CFC opens home season after record-breaking year for soccer in Chattanooga

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Chattanooga FC announced will host its first home game of the season Wednesday night in a second round match of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

CFC hosts Reading United AC (Pennsylvania) at Finley Stadium at 7:30 pm. Reading earned the right to play CFC, which had a first round bye, by defeating the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves last week.  

“It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase the longest running cup tournament in the US right here in the Scenic City,” said Sean McDaniel, General Manager for Chattanooga FC. 

“The tournament is a high profile event, and having a match at Finley Stadium demonstrates not only how important soccer is to the city of Chattanooga, but how important the city is to soccer."

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Club Championship and is an annual knockout competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. The tournament puts amateur teams and professional teams, which is unique in that any amateur teams have the chance to knock off the pros, a feat accomplished by CFC before. The U.S. Open Cup has been crowing champions for more than 100 years.

Chattanooga FC is a member team of the National Premier Soccer League, considered the fourth division in soccer.  

Gates open at 6:30 and kick off is scheduled for 7:30. Tickets are $9 without tax at the gate and $7 plus tax online at chattanoogafc.com.

Season pass holders can use their jerseys and wristbands to enter the US Open Cup match at no additional charge. Current CFC Academy youth players are admitted free of charge while wearing their dark blue game jersey.

Last year was a record-breaking year for soccer in Chattanooga. CFC hosted its first ever NPSL National Championship, falling 3-2 to New York Cosmos B in front of 18,277 fans.

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