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Match Preview: Third Round battle between Chattanooga FC and Birmingham Legion FC

By Chattanooga FC Communications, 04/24/23, 4:00PM EDT


Quick Hits

  • Chattanooga FC travels to Tuscaloosa for their Third Round matchup in the U.S. Open Cup against Birmingham Legion FC.
  • CFC successfully defended home turf over the weekend with a 1-0 win over Flower City Union. 
  • Birmingham Legion rallied back to win 2-1 on the road against Orange County.
  • Chattanooga FC arrived into the third round by defeating Des Moines in a 4-1 win on the road.
  • Similarly, Birmingham Legion FC traveled on the road and tossed aside the Chattanooga Red Wolves in a 4-1 victory. 

Match Details

  • Date: Wednesday, April 26
  • Kickoff Time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Location: Alabama Soccer Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL 

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Preseason Meeting
Chattanooga FC visited Birmingham Legion on February 25 for a closed preseason match in Birmingham. The game was locked 0-0 as both coaching staffs rotated several players and trialists. Chattanooga broke the tie near the end of the match with a Fabian Rodriguez goal.

U.S. Open Cup Second Round Results
Chattanooga FC advanced to the Third Round by winning 4-1 over Des Moines Menace, a USL2 team in Iowa. Birmingham advanced with a 4-1 win over the Red Wolves, a USL1 franchise that plays in East Ridge, Tennessee.

Recent Form
Chattanooga FC continues to find ways to get the ball in the net and win games thanks to a Richard Dixon PK conversion over the weekend. CFC improved to 4-0 across all competitions to start the year scoring 13 goals in 4 games while only allowing 1 goal. Birmingham Legion FC enters this Third Round matchup with 5-1-2 record across all competitions. The Legion have recorded 14 goals in 8 games while allowing 11 goals.

Players to Watch

Damian Rodriguez (Chattanooga FC) - The Kid has been lighting up the field in his second year for Chattanooga FC. Rodriguez registered one goal in CFC’s 4-1 rout of Des Moines Menace in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. He’ll be looking to add to his tally in the Third Round.
Juan Agudelo (Birmingham Legion FC) - Agudelo is the co-top scorer this year for the Legion with 3 goals in 8 games. 2 of those goals came in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup against the Chattanooga Red Wolves. The number 9 forward will look to break through the tough Chattanooga defense that has only allowed 1 goal in 4 games.

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.