CFC returns to the US Open Cup
Chattanooga FC wins NPSL Southeast Conference (3rd time)
GK Greg Hartley saves 3 PKs in Region Semifinal
2013 record of 7W - 3T - 3L
Head Coach Bill Elliott returned for his second season and picked up where he had left off – leading the club to another very competitive finish, with a second consecutive Conference Championship and the first trip to the South Region Championship. Notable absences from last year’s roster were founding players Russell Courtney and Moises Drumond along with a 3-season veteran Nick Chase. Notable newcomers would be two French nationals, Thibault Charmey and Samuel Mansour and a Brazilian called “Zeca” (Jose Ferraz).
Chattanooga FC finished the season with 7 wins, 4 ties and 3 losses, and only 1 of those losses came in NPSL league play. The club won its second consecutive Southeast Conference in dramatic fashion with an 87th minute goal by Michael Brooks at home vs New Orleans on the final regular season game (claiming its third title in just five seasons).
South Region Semifinal in Tulsa
By winning the Southeast, CFC earned a berth in the NPSL South Region Semifinal and defeated Tulsa Athletics in Tulsa — the highest scoring team in the South Region — 3-0 in penalty kicks. While the entire defense shone in that game, it was goalkeeper Greg Hartley who stole the show by blocking three straight penalty kicks!
South Region Final in Richmond
In the South Region Championship, the team lost in a close 1-0 game, traveling away yet again to RVA (the eventual NPSL National Champions). The game was a defensive battle, and not without controversy, as a clear and obvious hand ball by RVA in their own box went uncalled by the officials in the waning minutes of the match.
US Open Cup
The team also competed in the longest running tournament in the US: The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The playoffs include amateur, semi-pro and pro teams alike, such as USL-Pro, the NASL and even Major League Soccer teams. Competing in its second US Open Cup, CFC travelled to Greensboro, NC to face the 2012 PDL National Finalists, Carolina Dynamo. CFC came from behind, then gave up two leads to end deadlocked 4-4 at the end of over time, ultimately losing 4-1 in penalties. The team also qualified for the 2014 US Open Cup by winning the NPSL Southeast.
6W - 3T - 1L · NPSL League Matches
0W - 0T - 1L · US Open Cup Playoffs
1W - 0T - 1L · NPSL Playoff Matches
7W - 3T - 3L · All Competitions
See all the 2013 results here. Click on individual matches for highlights.
2013 Notable Players:
Greg Hartley’s performance in the South Region Semifinal was standout: he kept the highest scoring team in the NPSL scoreless through regulation and extra time, then saved all three penalty kicks taken for the away win! The defense was stellar overall as they only allowed nine goals in thirteen matches (0.69 avg) and only five goals in all NPSL matches (0.42 avg). Offensively, Luke Winter led the way with 5 goals and 6 assists. Ochieng, Zeca and Charmey contributed four goals each and eight assists between them.
2013 total home attendance was 12,665 over five matches.
The 2013 Roster:
Nate Adams, Mohamed Aden, Sam Barnsley, Phil Beene, Michael Brooks, Builder Brock, John Carrier, Thibault Charmey, Nick Chase, Jose “Zeca” Ferraz, Jamie Garcia, Fynn Glover, Clay Green, Greg Hartley, Nate Hodges, Matt Hudnutt, Thomas Hunter, Lance Hutchinson, Brent Lesnick, Wil Linder, Clark Lydon, Samuel Mansour, Orlando, Chris Ochieng, Nickson Odeny, Alex Pratt, Adam Reakes, Sias Reyneke, Andy Stewart, Matt Watts, Ben Wilks, Luke Winter.
The 2013 Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Bill Elliott; Assistant Coach: Jimmy Weekley; Goalie Coach: Richard Northcutt.