For the first time in three years, Chattanooga Football Club’s Women’s team will open their season with an away game against Nashville Rhythm FC.
The team's return to the pitch has both coaches and players buzzing with excitement.
“This is what you’ve been waiting for, right? Women’s soccer back in Chattanooga with Chattanooga FC,” Head Coach Randy Douglas said.
With a freshly constructed roster, Douglas is curious to see how the team plays together.
“I think their style of play will be formulated as we go,” Douglas said. “It’s the beginning of chemistry, it’s a fun thing to see.”
The game against Nashville is the beginning of a soccer-packed summer for Chattanooga FC. After a three year hiatus, there are four home matches scheduled for the team's inaugural season.
For Douglas, the summer is about taking advantage of games in order to develop players.
“We have eight opportunities in the regular season to do something,” Douglas said. “If we’ve got players who can put the ball in the net, we need to give those players those opportunities.”
Chattanooga FC defender Avery Catlett is looking forward to seeing the Chattanooga faithful for the team’s first home game.
“I think the fanbase is really exciting and I’m just happy to be part of the relaunch,” Catlett said.
Catlett has played excellent defense in her three seasons at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In her sophomore year, she was a part of a UTC defense that only allowed five goals in 11 games, all of which Catlett started.
Players from schools from across the southeast form the Women’s team. With some current teammates on the roster, chemistry is already forming amongst the team.
“I think it’s pretty cool that we have girls all over from different schools coming together for the team,” Catlett said. “I think that we’re going to mesh together well.”
Fans can get a chance to see the team in action in Nashville at 5 p.m. CDT. The game will be streamed on ELEVEN Sports. Streaming info available at ChattanoogaFC.com/watch.
The team will soon be in Chattanooga for the action inside Finley Stadium, with a home opener on June 4.
About Chattanooga Football Club
Chattanooga Football Club was founded in 2009 with a Men's team and established a Women's team in 2013 to begin play 2014. In its most recent season of 2018, CFC Women went undefeated in the regular season to become the WPSL’s Southeast Conference Champions. The Women's team went on hiatus for three years during a club reorganization and during the pandemic. Chattanooga Football Club became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries.
About the Women’s Premier Soccer League
In its 24th season, the WPSL is the longest active women’s soccer league and with more than 125 clubs from coast to coast in 35 states and, serves as the largest women’s soccer league in the world. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international, and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain.