The Conference Championship match is upon us!
Chattanooga FC defeated Georgia Revolution Wednesday night at Finley Stadium during the semifinal round of the NPSL Southeastern Conference Playoffs. CFC scored two goals late in the match which lead to their shutout victory and pushed them on to the final round of the tournament where they will face off against the Atlanta Silverbacks. The Silverbacks finished 3rd in the regular season. The match will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at CFC’s home turf, Finley Stadium.
The two teams met twice earlier in the regular season. The Silverbacks traveled to Chattanooga in June, and although they were the first to score, CFC came back to win after scoring 4 goals, leaving the final score at 4-1. CFC traveled to Atlanta just a week ago to play the SIlverbacks again, bringing in some young, new players. CFC struggled a bit more to stay ahead, and the final score of that match was 1-1.
There are a few players on the Silverbacks team that CFC should keep an eye out for. Ebrima Njie and Mo Isshaku are a pair of center backs that could be an obstacle when trying to finish in the final third. Joao Johanning Mora scored from 35 yards out on CFC’s defense the last time the two teams played so the boys in blue should be on alert for shots taken outside the box.
The winner of this match will advance on to the Regional Tournament, where they will face the winner of the Jacksonville Armada/Miami FC match in the Sunshine conference.
Chattanooga FC Head coach Bill Elliott said, “I think the boys are ready. I’m proud of the work they have put in and I’m confident in their ability to execute the things we have practiced all season.”
General manager Sean McDaniel said, “The club can’t wait for the championship game tomorrow! We are excited to see Chattanooga join together to support this team and their hard work. I think it’s going to be a fun environment and a great match against the Silverbacks.”