Chattanooga FC Visits NYCFC II in a Clash of Aspirations and Ambitions

Chattanooga FC Visits NYCFC II in a Clash of Aspirations and Ambitions

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In an eagerly anticipated NEXT Pro regular season matchup, Chattanooga FC is set to face off against NYCFC II at Belson Stadium on Wednesday, with kick-off scheduled for 7:33 PM. This matchweek 3 showdown represents not just a clash on the pitch but also a meeting of ambitions, as both teams navigate the early stages of their 2024 campaigns.

Chattanooga Football Club vs NYCFC II  
Belson Stadium – Queens, New York
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 – 7:33 p.m. ET 

Stream: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV
TV Talent (English): Sean Saint Jacques (play-by-play)
TV Talent (Spanish):
Unknown/ unavailable 

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Radio: The Chattanooga Kickoff Radio Network
Radio Talent: Gabriel W. Schray (play-by-play) 

Chattanooga FC, sitting at 2nd in the Eastern Conference with 5 points from two games (1-0-1), has quickly adapted to the rigors of NEXT Pro play. The Tennessee side club, under the guidance of Head Coach Rod Underwood, has shown a blend of resilience and attacking flair, netting 5 goals while conceding just 2. Their recent form, a mixed bag of results with a 1-1-1 record, reflects the competitive nature of their game.

The club’s successful entry into MLS NEXT Pro was highlighted by a victory against Huntsville City FC, decided by penalties after a 2-2 draw. Midfielder Taylor Gray’s landmark goal against Huntsville City FC marked the club’s first-ever goal in the league.

NYCFC II, on the other hand, finds itself at the opposite end of the conference standings, positioned 13th without a point from their sole outing, a narrow 3-2 defeat to Inter Miami II. Despite the less-than-ideal start, the New York side has reasons for optimism, especially after a commanding 3-0 victory over FC Motown in the U.S. Open Cup.

Led by Head Coach Matt Pilkington and Assistant Coach Danny Cepero, NYCFC II is a team deeply rooted in local talent, with all players hailing from the Tri-State area. This local core includes promising talents like forwards Jonathan ‘JJ’ Jimenez and the club’s first homegrown players, defenders Nicholas ‘Nico’ Benalcazar and Samuel ‘Kwaku’ Owusu, who are expected to play pivotal roles.

The match is not only NYCFC II’s first home game of the 2024 season but also marks the first-ever encounter between the two clubs, adding an extra layer of intrigue and excitement. Chattanooga FC looks to continue its unbeaten start and solidify its position at the top of the Eastern Conference, while NYCFC II aims to leverage home advantage to secure its first regular-season win.

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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