Chattanooga FC returns to Finley Stadium Sunday night, squaring off against Gold Star Detroit FC. The match-up arrives following Chattanooga FC’s three-week hiatus since their two-game Californian tour.
The club’s last home appearance was on September 3. With the playoffs on the horizon, head coach Rod Underwood has primed his squad for a strong finish to the regular season.
Positioned atop the NISA standings, Chattanooga FC has amassed 42 points over 19 matches (W12 D6 L1). To clinch first place, the team must secure up to nine points in their remaining five games. The significance? Playoff hosting rights are dictated by regular season rankings, potentially setting the stage for Finley Stadium to host national playoff matches.
NISA MATCH BROADCAST INFO:
2023 Regular Season, NISA League Play Match
Chattanooga FC vs Gold Star Detroit
Date: October 1st | Time: 6:00pm EST
Location: Finley Stadium – Chattanooga, Tennessee
TV: FIFA+ | Radio: N/A
Announcers: Gabriel Schray, Zeca Ferraz
Chattanooga FC’s performance has been stellar this season, notching 34 goals while only letting in 8, leading the league in both categories.
Markus Naglestad, the team’s leading scorer and current top scorer in the league, will be a player to watch. Despite his goal drought in the last four matches, Naglestad is anticipated to be a key player against Detroit.
This season introduced Gold Star Detroit FC as one of NISA’s expansion teams. Their campaign has been less than stellar, with the club sitting at the bottom of the standings. Their record stands at 11 points from 19 games (W3 D2 L14), placing them on the brink of playoff elimination. As they face the league’s frontrunners, it’s a pivotal moment for Gold Star.
Roddy Green, a former CFC player, stands out as Gold Star’s notable threat, having previously scored against CFC.
In their two encounters this season, Chattanooga FC emerged victorious on both occasions, outscoring Gold Star 5-1 in aggregate. Their initial face-off, at the season’s inception, witnessed stellar performances from Mutaya Mwape and Naglestad. The subsequent match in July was a tighter contest, with Chattanooga FC rallying from a deficit to secure a 2-1 win.
In collaboration with La Paz Chattanooga, the club has organized a grand celebration on Sunday. Starting at 3 pm, a complimentary block party will be held outside Finley Stadium on Chestnut Street. Attendees can revel in food, games, and live performances from Ensamble de Mexico, Marilin Perez, DJMCPRO, and Raul Enrique. The festivities will continue with the match’s 6 pm kickoff and conclude with a post-game fireworks display.