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Match Preview: 2022 semi-final rematch as CFC visits Michigan Stars

By Chattanooga FC Communications, 04/28/23, 12:15PM EDT


Quick Hits

  • A busy week for CFC as they travel from Alabama to Michigan for their next competitive game of the season.
  • CFC will look to bounce back after a draw in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup vs Birmingham Legion FC, that ended with Birmingham winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout. 
  • Chattanooga FC visits Michigan Stars, for the first time since their semifinal meeting in 2022.
  • Both Michigan (1-1-0) and Chattanooga (3-0-0) will be looking to continue their undefeated run in league action.

Match Details

  • Date: Saturday, April 29
  • Kickoff Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Location: Romeo Stadium

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Recent Form
Both Michigan Stars and Chattanooga FC enter this game in good form. The teams have only registered one loss each across all competitions coming in the U.S Open Cup. Chattanooga FC will enter this matchup looking to bounce back after a penalty shootout defeat to Birmingham Legion FC. CFC has scored 14 goals across all competitions while only allowing 2 goals.

Michigan tasted victory for the first time this season in their last match defeating Gold Star FC Detroit 2-1, a team CFC defeated 3-0. The Stars will attempt to keep the momentum rolling and defend home field. 

Last Meeting

Chattanooga FC and Michigan Stars last met in the 2022 league semi-final where Michigan was able to get the better of CFC in a close 1-0 win to advance to the final. The teams had already faced off an additional 4 times in 2022 with score lines of 0-0 in the first 3 games and with CFC taking the last match 3-2 before the semi-final. 

Players to Watch

Jean Antoine (Chattanooga FC) - It’s hard to discuss which player has been the most important to CFC in these early games without bringing up goalkeeper Jean Antoine into the conversation. The 2022 Golden Glove winner has been a key piece of the defense only allowing 2 goals in 5 games, while making multiple critical saves at important times. He has shown that he is beyond capable of rising to the occasion. 

Leon Maric (Michigan Stars) - The 6 '5, 24 year old will be looking to impose his will on CFC’s back line. Maric got the ball in the net not once but twice in the Stars last match against Gold Star FC Detroit. He’ll look to continue his good form against a sturdy Chattanooga defense that has allowed teams little to no room for goals.

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.