Two of America’s most well-known independent soccer clubs, Chattanooga FC and Detroit City FC, today announced a non-conference matchup in Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium on April 6th, 2019. Recently, both teams announced their intent to participate in the inaugural NPSL Founders Cup, where they will meet each other again later in the year.
Chattanooga FC and Detroit City FC are both home to large and vocal supporters groups, known as the Chattahooligans and the Northern Guard, respectively. The atmosphere in and around Finley Stadium is sure to be entertaining. During halftime of this year’s match, Operation Get Active will host their annual Corporate Cup championship on the pitch to help raise awareness and funds for their work in the local schools and recreation centers. Last season, Chattanooga FC and Detroit City FC played a home and away series, which resulted in a tie in Chattanooga and a victory for Detroit at home. “This is a match up that we will always relish, but we are especially looking forward to a victory in this game to pull the series even,” said Sheldon Grizzle, president of Chattanooga Football Club. “These two teams demonstrate to communities across the country that grassroots soccer teams and passionate, loyal fans are here to stay.”
Tickets are included as part of all season pass packages for Chattanooga Football Club fans. Individual tickets will go on sale for $10 in advance on March 1st at chattanoogafc.com and $12 the day of the match at Finley Stadium. “We will always look forward to playing Chattanooga,” said Detroit City FC co-owner Sean Mann. “It’s a match-up of two organizations that have redefined what an American soccer club can be, and it will also be a chance for some of the best soccer fans in the country to come together in the stands.”
Both clubs deserve credit for growing the beautiful game at a grass roots level. Matches like these will be sure to draw eyes from all over the country and all levels of the sport. “We expect these matches will generate considerable buzz, as both clubs are telling exciting stories in the soccer landscape” said NPSL Chairman Kenny Farrell. “We are proud to showcase this event to all the supporters of the NPSL and bring further awareness to teams in our league.”