Chattanooga FC's 2023 season came to a close on Sunday November 5th after losing on penalty kicks to Flower City Union in the NISA semifinal at Finley Stadium.
At halftime of the match, the club announced the first three inductees into its Hall of Legends.
In the aftermath of the brutal defeat, Thomas Clark, Bill Elliot and Zeca Ferraz all had messages for the Chattanooga FC community.
"As someone who has been through situations like the one we witnessed last night at Fort Finley, I just want to express my deep gratitude towards the team, including the players, coaches and staff. It's not easy to comprehend the end of our season, especially after all the hard work and dedication that each one of you put in. I understand that it might be challenging to see the overall accomplishments at this moment, but eventually, we will reflect on this season with a positive outlook, acknowledging the numerous achievements that CFC displayed.
"The level of the game that was played and the momentum the club built within the community are truly remarkable. Even in this difficult time, I encourage all of you to keep your heads high. We learn from these experiences and move onwards and upwards. The time is still right for CFC, and the future looks incredibly bright. I'm immensely proud to be involved with the club at a certain level, and I hope you know you can count on me for anything going forward."
"I feel blessed to have been a part of CFC for such a long time and I am deeply grateful for the honor and to everyone who has supported me and the team throughout the years. Last night’s loss was tough and I feel for everyone involved with the club. I hope the fans as well as the people working in our organization will remember that our club culture has always been about the people who make up our CFC community, and not just about wins and losses. If we continue to focus on a positive supportive club/community culture, CFC will continue to flourish. I hope to see everyone again soon."
"I'm still gutted that we lost on Sunday night. The lads left it all on the field. I'm super proud of how they represented the club and our city. With the makeup of the entire team (coaching staff, front office, players and board), we'll keep pushing to pursue the top. Last weekend was just another opportunity to become sharper."
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.