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Chattanooga FC takes on MLS giants Atlanta United in US Open Cup

By Staff, 04/08/22, 12:45PM EDT

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Chattanooga Football Club will play (MLS) Atlanta United FC in the Third Round of the US Open Cup. The match will take place April 20, 7:30pm at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. The venue seats 8,300 people and is about 95 miles from CFC's home at Finley Stadium. Tickets go on sale April 14 at 10AM at this link. Prices range from $15-$40. If you prefer to stand with the Chattahooligans in the supporters section 130 and 131, click here for those tickets. Supporter tickets are in the northeast corner of the stadium and are $20 each. (Editor's Note: Section 131 sold out in less than 20 minutes. Our hosts agreed to add an additional section, 130. Get those while tickets last.)

This will mark the second time that the two clubs faced off. Chattanooga hosted the MLS club in its infancy, playing their first preseason match ever. The away club beat a then amateur CFC 4-0. 

CFC History in US Open Cup
This will be the club's 7th appearance in the tournament (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). There was no US Open Cup in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. CFC holds a 4-6 overall record in the tournament with four games settled by penalty shootout and a fifth settled in extra time.  

2022
2nd Round - Memphis 901 FC (W3-1)
* This was CFC's first appearance in the Open Cup as a professional team and the highest level opponent defeated in competitive play.

2017
1st Round - Charlotte Eagles (L2-0) 

2016
1st Round - Reading United AC (W0-0, PKs)
3rd Round - Harrisburg City Islands (L2-1)
* Advanced straight to 3rd Round after first win

2015
1st Round - Ocala Stampede, (W1-1, PKs) 
2nd Round - Wilmington Hammerheads, (W1-1, PKs)
3rd Round - Atlanta Silverbacks (L2-1)

2014
*1st Round - Wilmington Hammerheads (W3-1)
**3rd Round - Atlanta Silverbacks (L5-0)
* First win against professional club
** Advanced straight to 3rd Round after first win

2013
1st Round - Carolina Dynamo (L4-4, PKs)

2011
1st Round - Pittsburgh Riverhounds (L3-2) Extra Time
* CFC's first game against a fully professional side

Ticketing
Ticket information will be passed along as soon as the host club makes that information available.

Format
The competition features eight (8) rounds to crown a champion, with draws conducted each round to determine matchups. In total, Chattanooga FC will need to win seven (7) matches to win the U.S. Open Cup.

Chattanooga FC is among 23 Division III pro teams as well as 23 Division II pro teams to see their first tournament action starting in the Second Round, joining 16 winners from the previous stage.

All NISA professional clubs enter the tournament in the Second Round. U.S.-based MLS clubs enter the tournament in either the Third or Fourth Round. In 2022, 17 U.S.-based MLS clubs will enter in the Third Round with eight (8) US-based MLS teams qualifying for an automatic bye to the Fourth Round by virtue of 2021 MLS results.

The Prize
The winner of the Open Cup receives a berth in the 2023 Concacaf Champions League, $300,000 in prize money, and the prestigious Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy. The runner-up will earn $100,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $25,000 cash prize.

Key Dates

  • April 19-21 – Third Round Matches
  • April 22 – Fourth Round Draw
  • May 10-11 – Fourth Round Matches (Round of 32)
  • May 12 – Round of 16 and Quarterfinal Draw
  • May 24-25 – Round of 16 Matches
  • June 21-22 – Quarterfinal Matches
  • June 23 – Semifinal and Final Draw
  • July 26-27 – Semifinal Matches
  • September 6, 7, 13, or 14 – 2022 U.S. Open Cup Final

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
In its 107th edition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer's National Championship – has crowned a champion since 1914 in every year except 2020 and 2021. The history-filled tournament is conducted on a single-game-knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.Atlanta United FC is the defending Open Cup champion, having earned the club's first tournament title thanks to a 2-1 victory against Minnesota United FC on Aug. 27, 2019, in front of an Open Cup Final record 35,709 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

HOW WE GOT THERE

Chattanooga FC progressed to the third round of the US Open Cup in dramatic fashion, beating Memphis 901 FC 3-1 in front of over 2,000 fans at Finley Stadium. Alex McGrath scored in the first minute of play, and both Travis Ward and Taylor Gray found the back of the net to give the home team the win. Read the match recap here.

Taylor Gray during the second half of CFC v Memphis 901 FC

Midfielder Taylor Gray during the second half of CFC v Memphis 901 FC