Next month, the US Soccer world will turn it’s eyes to the Scenic City as earlier today Chattanooga Football Club, Finley Stadium and Chattanooga Sports Committee announced two massive, unprecedented events to take place in February 2017.
First, the US Men’s National Team will play a friendly against Jamaica in Finley Stadium Friday, February 3rd, at 7:00pm. The US Men’s team has never played in Chattanooga before, making it a truly historic event. Newly appointed manager Bruce Arena will be getting his team in shape for the upcoming 2017 Gold Cup, so it is sure to be a great match.
“This is a great moment in Chattanooga sports history,” said Chattanooga FC Chairman and Finley Stadium Board Member Tim Kelly. “We have a strong soccer culture here in the Scenic City, and it’s because of events like the Women’s game in 2015 and the impressive turnouts for Chattanooga FC games that allow us opportunities such as this. We couldn’t be happier.”
The match comes just 18 months after another National soccer team played in the Scenic City. In August, 2015, the reigning World Cup Champion US Women’s National Team beat Costa Rica 7-2 in front of 20,535 in Finley Stadium.
“I am just delighted that U.S. Soccer recognizes the soccer culture and love of the game that Chattanooga Football Club has been able to build” said Paul Smith, Executive Director of Finley Stadium. “Finley Stadium’s partnership with CFC and the Chattanooga Sports Committee has really helped us begin to realize this venue’s potential.”
Tim Morgan with the Chattanooga Sports Committee agrees. “Chattanooga is a host destination, attractive to various types of National Governing Bodies (NGBs). It is extremely exciting for our community to host the US Men’s National Team and once again conduct business with US Soccer!”
Tickets are available at ussoccer.com.