Chattanooga FC Advances to NISA Legends Cup Final With 3-0 Victory over New Amsterdam
Ian McGrath scores two for the boys in blue
Team unveiled Wolfsburg sponsored secondary jerseys
The first two rounds of the NISA Legends Cup have shown the soccer world the best of what Chattanooga has to offer: beautiful stadium, bombastic fans, perfect weather (?!), and two resounding Chattanooga Football Club victories.
Chattanooga FC kept their perfect 2-0 record in the tournament with a 3-0 victory over a very tough New Amsterdam Football Club. One of the newer clubs in NISA, NAFC spent most of their offseason recruiting and developing new talent from around their region, New York City, and this energy was well spent according to coach Peter Fuller.
“Obviously a terrific win for us!” said Chattanooga FC Head Coach Peter Fuller. “New Amsterdam was very good and caused us some problems. Our defending overall was quite good and our ability to counter against them and create some good scoring opportunities off the counter was a huge part in our success. We got some outstanding play from everyone who participated last night.”
The match began fairly evenly, as both clubs flexed their defensive muscles and succeeded largely in shutting down the offense for the first thirty minutes. Chattanooga FC looked sharp on the ball and on the pitch, wearing their new VfL Wolfsburg sponsored secondary kits. The Dutch dam started to crack in the 29th minute as midfielder Ian McGrath launched a right footed missile from ten yards outside the box, hitting the upper right netting and giving the boys in blue, in white, a 1-0 lead. McGrath celebrated in front of the fans, blowing kisses and making a heart symbol in honor of his mother. As the half ended, all momentum lay with the home team.
As the second half started, the CFC defense turned up the intensity. Center backs Shaun Russell, Kaio DaSilva, and Nick Speilman took turns shutting down play and keeping New Amsterdam at bay. When a ball would get past them. Keeper Phil D’Amico handled the shots with ease.
Chattanooga FC’s lead grew midway through the second half, again with McGrath pulling the strings. In the 75th minute, the flying Scotsman slid home his second goal, and celebrated in honor of his father, throwing darts and mimicking a golf swing.
The final score would come as time expired. Newly signed forward Brett Jones caught the defense sleeping and executed an intelligent strike to seal the deal and keep Chattanooga FC at the top of the NISA table.
The NISA Legends Cup continues with three games on Monday, April 19th. Being the only team to win both of their games, Chattanooga FC advances to the final match on April 25th, and will face the winner of the matchup between the #2 and #3 seed, which will be played on April 22nd. Tickets are available now for the rest of the tournament at CFCTIX.com, and most matches will be available to watch on beIN sports Extra.