Missing thousands of fans in the crowd did not stop the Chattanooga Football Club from achieving success at Finley Stadium with a perfect summer sky to play under Saturday evening.

A strong connection was showcased on local television by Jose “Zeca” Ferraz and Brian Bement to take down the Georgia Revolution, 3-1, in the opener of the four-match NISA Independent Cup round robin tournament. Fans were not allowed at the match due to COVID-19 precautions.

It felt weird,” said Zeca, who assisted two goals to Bement in CFC’s professional NISA home opener. “It’s been a long time. I had to dig in to find my shin guards today. It was good to get rolling again. With everything the city and country has been going through we thought about how soccer could be a positive message for everybody.”

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