The Chattanooga Football Club and Detroit City FC started Saturday night’s National Premier Soccer League Members Cup showdown at Finley Stadium slowly, but the visitors began applying pressure in the second half and came away with a 1-0 victory.
Jalen Crisler’s header on a crossing corner kick in the 77th minute ended CFC’s hopes of finishing in the top two of the six-team Members Cup competition, which is serving as a farewell tour of sorts for the Chattanooga team to the NPSL and amateur competition. CFC will begin competing in the new National Independent Soccer Association next spring, and Detroit will be making that jump as well.
The home team opened Saturday’s match by controlling possession but never made any meaningful connections to get good shots on goal.
“Some of our possession was good, but we didn’t really hurt them with it,” CFC coach Peter Fuller said. “And they’re very well organized. They came here for a draw and obviously we’re trying to push the pace and see if we can’t cause them some problems.”