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CFC midfielder Taylor Gray kicks a ball past a Memphis defender

Chattanooga FC Dismantles Memphis 901 FC, Advances to 3rd Round of US Open Cup

By Staff , 04/07/22, 11:00PM EDT


Alex McGrath scores an opening goal in the first minute of play against Memphis 901 FC

Alex McGrath puts CFC up 1-0 in the first minute of play

Finley Stadium has seen some big wins over the past 13 seasons, but perhaps no bigger upset than the 3-1 victory that 2,057 supporters witnessed tonight.  The boys in blue advance to the 3rd round of the US Open Cup

Coach Rod Underwood fielded a largely unchanged lineup from last Sunday's postponed match against NISA newcomer Syracuse Pulse AC. The full strength squad wasted no time in flexing their muscles, as midfielder Alex McGrath blasted a far post shot past the keeper to give the boys in blue a 1-0 lead. 

Just 28 minutes later, defender Travis Ward cleaned up a rebound from an Ian Cerro cross and added another goal to the tally. 2-0 CFC. 

Taylor Gray adds 3rd goal and wins Man of the Match

Memphis pulled a goal back in the 39th minute thanks to defender Patrick Seagrist, bringing the match to 2-1. 

As time expired in the first half, future Man of the Match Taylor Gray launched a ball in stride straight past the keeper to end the half at 3-1.