Chattanooga FC wins Southeast Conference of the NPSL
First international match vs FC Atlas U23 (MEX): 2-1 win in front of 6,317 fans
CFC finishes as an NPSL National Finalist, 8W - 2T - 2L
The 2010 season, held the summer of the 2010 World Cup, the team continued to play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) which had four conferences and 31 teams nationwide. The season started with an away match at Atlanta FC on May 22 and a win.
The next weekend the club hosted its very first international friendly against FC Atlas U23s from Monterrey, Mexico. Ivan Heredia of CFC had played for Atlas in earlier in his career and helped to coordinate the match. There was much excitement in the Mexican community about the game and the match day of May 29 (the Saturday before Memorial Day) made for a great attendance – with 6,317 coming to watch CFC pull out a surprising 2-1 victory.
Riding the wave of World Cup excitement, the team went on to go undefeated in conference play. Chattanooga FC won the Southeast Conference outright with a record of 6 wins, 2 ties, and 0 losses. By winning the Southeast Conference, the team qualified for the NPSL National Semifinal match, hosted by Rocket City United in Madison, Alabama.
DC United Super 20s
The week before the semifinal, the team traveled to Washington, D.C. for a friendly match against DC United’s Super 20 squad, thanks to coordination from VW who sponsored both clubs. Chattanooga FC played in RFK Stadium on a sweltering July 24 afternoon, losing 3-0 and losing starting defender Russell Courtney to a knee injury. This – combined with an injury earlier where starting striker Chris Ochieng suffered a broken ankle during a scrimmage – would have implications in the next two matches.
NPSL National Championship
On Thursday, July 29 CFC took on NPSL Midwest Conference Champions, Madison 56ers, in the National Semifinal. Chattanooga FC defeated a very talented Madison team 2-0 with goals from Thomas Clark and Robbie Hill to advance to the National Championship on Saturday night.
Over 600 CFC fans made the two hour trip to Madison, AL to watch the NPSL National Championship against Sacramento Gold, champions of the West Conference. While things started brightly for CFC with Fynn Glover’s goal in the 12th minute, their fortune changed dramatically by the end of the half. Sacramento scored two goals in as many minutes to take the lead 2-1. But the half was not over, Sacramento had a player shown the red card for a hard foul just before the break.
Sacramento did not seem to be phased at playing a man down and continued to attack the goal throughout the second half. After a foul in the box, it seemed that CFC might be able to equalize with a penalty kick. The penalty was saved by the Gold keeper and in the waning minutes of the game, Sacramento added a third goal to seal the win, 3-1.
Chattanooga FC finished the season with a record of 8-2-2 and the club’s first two trophies – for the Conference Championship and as National Finalist.
6W - 2T - 0L · NPSL League Matches
1W - 0T - 1L · NPSL Playoffs
1W - 0T - 0L · International Friendly Matches
0W - 0T - 1L · Exhibition Matches
8W - 2T - 2L · All Competitions
See the 2010 season results here. Click on individual matches for highlights.
2010 Notable Players
Newcomers Chrispin Ochieng and Luis Salazar led in scoring and assists, with 6 goals by Ochieng and 4 assists by Salazar. Keeper Richard Masters allowed only 10 goals in 12 matches, averaging 0.83 goals per game. Noteworthy players include newcomers Andy Stewart (D), Drew Courtney (M), Luis Salazar (M), Robbie Hill (F), Chris Ochieng (F) and returning starters Russell Courtney (D), Fynn Glover (M), Sasha Viatrov (M), and Moises Drummond (F).
2010 total home attendance was 20,8014 over five games.
Wezley Barnard, Phil Beene, Nick Chase, Thomas Clark, Russell Courtney, Moises Drummond, Irvin Espinal, Reed Farnsley, Mac Gambill, Travis Giles, Fynn Glover, Steve Harris, Aldo Heredia, Ivan Heredia, Robbie Hill, Thomas Hunter, Nate Kettenring, Richard Masters, Chris Ochieng, Ryan Peck, Blake Pelton, Luis Salazar, Josh Scott, Tim Sparks, Andrew Stewart, Aaron Stanton, Logan Threadgill, Sasha Viatrov, Jake Warren.
The 2010 Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Brian Crossman; Assistant Coach: Jimmy Weekley; Goalie Coach: Scott Bosgraf. Volunteer Assistants: Cullon Hooks, Chris Cushenbery.
CFC related news in 2010:
The club helped to host the U20 Men’s National teams from Mexico and Columbia in an international friendly match in Finley Stadium on a wet and frigid Nov 30 match.
CFC started a CFC Camps program in 2010. Camps’ mission is to grow the Beautiful
Game for kids in the greater Chattanooga area by offering fun, inclusive soccer camps.