Chattanooga FC Carries Momentum into Tennessee River Derby Against Huntsville City FC

Chattanooga FC Carries Momentum into Tennessee River Derby Against Huntsville City FC

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Chattanooga FC, riding high on early-season success, travels to face Huntsville City FC in a much-anticipated Tennessee River Derby match this Saturday, April 20th, at 8:00 p.m. ET at Wicks Family Field.

In their inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season, Chattanooga FC boasts an unbeaten record (2-0-2D, 1SOW, 9 points), positioning them sixth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Southeast Division. The team comes off a resounding 6-2 victory over Inter Miami CF II, showcasing their attacking prowess and team cohesion.

Chattanooga Football Club vs Huntsville City FC
Joe Davis Stadium – Huntsville, Alabama  
Saturday, April 20, 2024 – 8:03 p.m. ET 

Huntsville City FC, however, has struggled this season with a record of 0-2-3D and sits 14th in the East, sixth in the Southeast Division. They enter this match after a draw against Crown Legacy FC, where despite playing against 10 men, they missed out on a win in the subsequent shootout.

Chattanooga’s captain Alex McGrath and striker Jalen James have been notable standouts, each netting three goals in the season so far. James’s performance was particularly memorable in the last match, where he scored his first professional goals. In addition, Taylor Gray has contributed significantly with three assists.

Stream: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV
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Radio: The Chattanooga Kickoff Radio Network
Radio Talent: Gabriel W. Schray (play-by-play) 

On the Huntsville side, Jonathan Bolanos has been a key player, securing the first hat-trick of the season in a 4-3 loss to Columbus Crew 2. He leads Huntsville with 13 key passes. Alongside Bolanos, Brennan Creek, Maximus Ekk, Adem Sipic, and Ollie Wright have been consistent threats upfront for interim head coach Christophe Berra, who recently took over managerial duties.

Chattanooga’s head coach and sporting director, Rod Underwood, emphasized the importance of controlling the game’s pace and environment. “Huntsville will be difficult,” Underwood noted, highlighting the importance of emotional control and respecting the opponent without fear.

The game also marks the first chance this season for Chattanooga fans to travel in support of their team, promising a vibrant atmosphere. For those unable to attend, Chattanooga FC has organized an official watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings on 120 Market St.

The match will be broadcast on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, with additional audio streaming available on CFC’s Mixlr. Referee Luis Arroyo will lead the officiating crew, assisted by Kevin Huet and Sharon Gingrich, with Andrew Musashe serving as the fourth official. As both teams prepare for the derby, fans eagerly anticipate whether Chattanooga can continue their unbeaten streak or if Huntsville can capitalize on their home advantage to secure a much-needed victory.

Fans interested in attending can purchase tickets online. A free radio broadcast will also be provided for fans to listen to radio play-by-play coverage of the match in realtime.

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