In a game Chattanooga’s newest mayor called “the most Chattanooga thing ever,” their opponent turned it into a “very Detroit kind of game.” Detroit City FC may have been playing on a couple of days’ rest, but one would have thought they were the team who hadn’t played in a week if one didn’t know any better. The visitors used their physicality and some aggressive fouls to whittle down CFC in their 3-0 championship rout.
“They did not respond well in the first half,” coach Peter Fuller said. “I thought we ended up on the wrong end of all the battles in the first half, but we were a little better in the second half.”
Wingback Tate Robertson was a key member of the attack early, and he was comfortable spraying passes to all areas of the field.
Sometimes he would switch play back to Shaun Russell, while other times he would launch longballs to attackers like Brian Bement and Ian McGrath, who usually came down with the ball or knocked it to a teammate. He and opposing midfielder Cyrus Saydee jostled back and forth throughout the game, neither wanting to give ground in the final match.
“I thought Tate was very good and he played with his heart on his sleeve like he always does,” coach Fuller said. “We just didn’t have enough other good performances tonight.”
Detroit City FC started to find their rhythm around the ten minute mark. After a counterattack ended in a couple of corner kicks, CFC’s bitter rivals were able to take advantage of a kind bounce off the corner. Defender Matt Lewis flew into the box and blasted the rebound past Chattanooga’s keeper Phil D’Amico for their first goal of the game.
“I think the long layoff did hurt us, but I think Detroit would turn around and say they had to play on two days’ rest, so you have to give them a lot of credit too,” coach Fuller said. “They’re a well-organized and well coached team and tonight they were better than we were.”