The Chattanooga Football Club today announced a group of seven players as the first returnees to the club for the 2022 season.
This announcement ensures a trend of roster continuity as the club enters its third professional season.
The returning list of players is highlighted by veterans Juan Hernandez and Richard Dixon. Hernandez, midfielder and captain, will enter his eighth year with the club and played in his 100th Chattanooga FC match during the 2021 campaign. Dixon, a defender and vice-captain, enters his fourth year and recently reached the milestone of 150 professional matches.
Goalkeeper Alec Redington returns for his third season in Chattanooga. Redington and the defense finished the 2021 Fall season with four shutouts in the final six games.
NISA All-League First Team Defender Nick Spielman also returns for the 2022 campaign. Spielman started every match in the back line in the 2021 season. This will be the fourth season for Spielman with the club.
Midfielder Tate Robertson returns for his second season with CFC. Brett Jones, a dangerous rookie striker from Oregon State, will return for his second season as a pro.
Damian Rodriquez, from CFC partner North Georgia Soccer Academy in Dalton, has signed his first professional contract and will return in 2022.
Shaun Russell and Alec McKinley had their contracts expire at the end of the 2021 season and are currently free agents.
Angel Hurtado and Ricardo Bahena completed their Academy contracts at the end of the 2021 season.
Phil D’Amico, Nick Nelson, Kaio DaSilva, Cameron Woodfin, Topher Marshall, Cutler Coleman, Brian Bement, Ryan Marcano, Markus Naglestad, and Daniel Jackson did not have their options picked up by the club.
Sean Hoffstatter and James Kasak have decided to retire from professional soccer.
Chattanooga Football Club remains in discussions with several players from the 2021 season and will have additional updates in the coming weeks as the 2022 roster begins to take shape.