Independent Clash: Chattanooga FC Hosts Carolina Core FC in Historic MLS NEXT Pro Matchup

Independent Clash: Chattanooga FC Hosts Carolina Core FC in Historic MLS NEXT Pro Matchup

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Chattanooga FC is set to host Carolina Core FC on Saturday in what is billed as the first match-up of independent teams in MLS NEXT Pro history, adding a significant chapter for both clubs. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET at Finley Stadium, with fans able to catch the action on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, or with a free radio broadcast.

Chattanooga FC (3-1-2), currently third in the Eastern Conference with 12 points, looks to rebound from a narrow 1-0 loss to Atlanta United 2, their first defeat of the season. Under the guidance of coach Rod Underwood, the team has continued to show formidable offensive prowess, netting 13 goals in six matches. The club’s attacking thrust is led by captain Alex McGrath- who tops the scoring charts with four goals.

Carolina Core vs. Chattanooga Football Club 
Finley Stadium – Chattanooga, Tennessee  
Saturday, April 27, 2024 – 7:03 p.m. ET 

In contrast, Carolina Core FC (0-3-1), has struggled, and is at the bottom of the conference with just two points. The Foxes are still searching for their first league win. Despite their struggles in league play, Carolina Core has demonstrated potential during an impressive run to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. 

Saturday’s clash will feature a mix of tactical formations, with Carolina Core recently transitioning from a 3-5-2 to a 4-2-3-1 setup in an attempt to secure their elusive first victory. The team relies heavily on David “Pachi” Polanco, who has scored two of the team’s three goals this season.

Stream: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV
TV Talent (English): Josh Tolle (play-by-play)
TV Talent (Spanish):
Unknown/ unavailable 


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

Both clubs are marked by their independence from the MLS team system, setting the stage for a unique rivalry in the league.  As Chattanooga FC aims to solidify its playoff aspirations and Carolina Core seeks to turn around its season, this match promises to deliver both high stakes and high intensity.

Additional attractions include the newly-renovated Ultra Club at Finley Stadium, offering fans a premium experience during the match. This weekend also coincides with the opening of the Chattanooga Market, providing a full day of entertainment for those attending Saturday’s game.

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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