Chattanooga Football Club is gearing up for a return to Fort Finley, where they will host the concluding midweek match of the NISA regular season against Club de Lyon. Having clinched first place, Chattanooga’s Mayor Tim Kelly will award the 2023 NISA League Cup trophy to head coach and sporting director Rod Underwood, as well as the team captains, in a ceremony before the match starts on Wednesday evening.
This game provides a final opportunity for Underwood and his squad to refine their strategy before the NISA semi-final at home on November 5th, where their opponent is yet to be decided. This season has been a memorable journey for CFC. Beyond the games, the club marked its 15th anniversary as Chattanooga’s premier team, enriching the community and showcasing thrilling soccer at Fort Finley. To commemorate this milestone, the club is rolling back ticket prices to $5 for Wednesday’s match, mirroring the cost during their debut season.
NISA MATCH BROADCAST INFO:
2023 Regular Season, NISA League Play Match
Club De Lyon vs Chattanooga FC
Date: October 25th | Time: 7:00pm EST
Location: Finley Stadium – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Television: FIFA+ | Radio: N/A
Announcers: Gabriel Schray, Zeca Ferraz
On the pitch, Underwood and his coaching team have perhaps crafted the most formidable NISA squad in history. With 49 points from 23 matches, the team is on the cusp of setting a new record for the highest NISA point total. While the top spot is a done deal for the club, there’s another unfolding narrative on Wednesday.
Forward Markus Naglestad is neck-and-neck in the contest for the golden boot. Having netted 14 goals in 22 matches, he’s just a goal shy of surpassing Michigan Stars’ forward Leon Maric, who’s currently leading due to his assist count over Nagelstad.
Markus Naglestad has netted 14 goals in 22 matches
The visiting Club de Lyon from Daytona, Florida has had a season of highs and lows. With a tally of 23 points from 23 matches (W6 D5 L12), they narrowly missed the playoff cut. Off-pitch issues hindered the club from realizing its full potential. Though Club de Lyon might technically be playing for honor at Fort Finley on Wednesday, their ambition to upstage the hosts in Chattanooga remains undiminished.
Interestingly, Club de Lyon remains the only team Chattanooga FC hasn’t defeated this season. Their sole past meeting in June ended in a stalemate, with a last-minute free-kick from Naglestad equalizing the score. Despite Club de Lyon not progressing to the playoffs, it’s pivotal for Chattanooga FC to bag the three points, reinforcing their dominance over all competitors.