Boys in Blue drop first match of the regular season
Next up: Home vs Michigan Stars

Chattanooga Football Club head home from a west coast swing with nothing to show for their efforts. An early goal from 18 year old Alex ‘Chile” Araneda became the difference maker, and the team headed back to Tennessee empty handed.

The first half began briskly, with both teams searching for opportunities to score. In the 23rd minute, Alex Araneda found a sliver of space in the CFC box, and took advantage. The lanky midfielder made a quick move right until he had passed the defender, and then fired a laser beam into the lower right corner, an unstoppable shot, which gave the home team a 1-0 lead.

Chattanooga FC’s best chance in the first half came at the feet of Brian Bement, who beat his man on a break away, and launched a chip into the open net, only to have it called back for a foul. Cal United responded with another goal that wasn’t: Former Chattanooga FC striker Darwin Lom, now playing for Cal Utd., fired a header into an open net in the 35th minute, but was called offsides.

The second half showed more spice from CFC, and they picked apart the Cal Utd defense repeatedly, getting a few clever shots on goal. Sean Hoffstatter featured prominently, as well as Cameron Woodfin, Brett Jones, and Tate Robertson, but no one was able to crack the Strikers defense.

“Really tough loss” said Chattanooga FC head coach Peter Fuller. “I thought we had some moments, particularly in the second half, that we played very well. We struggled a little bit in the first half to keep possession of the ball. Now we need to get ready for the home opener against Michigan Stars.”

Next up for the boys in blue is a return to Finley Stadium this Saturday, May 8th, to take on Michigan Stars FC. Get your tickets now at: