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Match Preview: Chattanooga FC hosts Gold Star FC Detroit in their Home League Opener

By Chattanooga FC Communications, 03/29/23, 11:45AM EDT


Quick Hits

  • Chattanooga FC enters this new season with high hopes of silverware. The squad holds big guns such as returning player and the 2022 League Golden Boot winner, Markus Naglestad, and new signing and the 2022 Golden Glove winner, Jean Antoine. 
  • Chattanooga FC and 2022 Coach of the Year, Rod Underwood, registered a total of 11 new signings during the off season to help them in the fight for the title. 
  • Gold Star FC Detroit, the newest addition to the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), celebrate their inaugural season this year, and kick off their first league game this Saturday at Finley Stadium. 
  • An exciting and early homecoming for teammates Roddy Green and goalkeeper Alec Redington of Gold Star FC as they return to Chattanooga to play their former club. 

Match Details

  • Date: Saturday, April 1
  • Kickoff Time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Gates Open: 2:00 PM EST
  • Location: Finley Stadium
  • Tickets: Find Tickets Here

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The preseason gave both teams a chance to experiment with their younger players and rotate the squad. This will be the first matchup of the year where we will see both Chattanooga FC and Gold Star FC Detroit lineup at full strength. Notable recent results for Chattanooga FC include a 3-3 preseason draw between Atlanta United FC (MLS) and a 1-0 victory against Birmingham Legion (USL Championship). Both Chattanooga and Detroit are eager to start the season on the right track. 

Players to Watch

Markus Naglestad (Chattanooga FC) - Finishing the 2022 season with a total of 19 goals and 7 assists in League action, Naglestad not only earned himself a place on NISA’s First Team Best XI, but was also crowned the 2022 Golden Boot winner. The Norwegian striker will be looking to start the year right where he left off. He is sure to be a strong threat to opposing defenses and a player to watch throughout the season.

Roddy Green (Gold Star FC Detroit) - After having a good year at Chattanooga FC, Green made the move to Detroit and joined up with NISA’s newest team, Gold Star FC. This weekend will mark an important moment for both Green and current teammate, Alec Redington, as they both make their return to Finley Stadium in their opening season game. Look for Roddy Green to try and make an immediate impact on his new team. 

Head Coach Rod Underwood on Gold Star FC Detroit 

“The start of the year is always exciting and we’re always looking to start off the season on the right foot. We’re excited and ready. Roddy and Red are great players and good people. It’s always fun getting to play against your old players and seeing them excel, even more so because they’re good people. It should be a great game and we’re looking forward to it.”

About Chattanooga Football Club
Chattanooga Football Club was founded in 2009. The CFC Men's team competes in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), which is in the third division of professional soccer. The CFC Women's team is a summer amateur team that competes in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). 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. CFC plays all home games in Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.