CFC in 2013
May 11 Rocket City United 7:30 p.m.
May 14 U.S. Open Cup* TBA
May 18 at Gulf Coast Texans TBA
May 21 U.S. Open Cup TBA
May 25 Mississippi Storm 7:30 p.m.
May 28 U.S. Open Cup TBA
June 1 at Knoxville Force TBA
June 7 at Mississippi Storm TBA
June 8 at New Orleans Jesters TBA
June 15 Knoxville Force 7:30 p.m.
June 22 Gulf Coast Texans 7:30 p.m.
June 26 at Rocket City United TBA
June 29 New Orleans Jesters 7:30 p.m.
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The Chattanooga Football Club will begin its fifth season in May with a National Premier Soccer League game against Rocket City United. It's the first of 10 NPSL games in CFC's fullest schedule so far.
Along with playing in the rapidly expanding NPSL, which has grown from 13 teams to 61 in the past seven years, Chattanooga FC also will participate in the U.S. Open Cup for the second time.
CFC general manager Sean McDaniel said the club will bid to host as many Cup games as it can. In addition, it may try to host games not involving Chattanooga FC.
CFC hosted and won a Cup qualifying series at Finley Stadium in 2011; it automatically qualified for the 2013 Cup by winning the NPSL Southeast Conference last season.
There were East and West divisions in the conference in 2012. Now there are four divisions that will have their own conference semifinals and championship games to see who represents the South Conference in the NPSL Championships.
With the new divisions, CFC no longer will play the Atlanta teams: the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves and Georgia Revolution. Added to the schedule are the New Orleans Jesters and the Pensacola, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Texans, coached by 2012 CFC player Felipe Lawall.
"There will be some new faces and teams, including one of our former players as a coach, so there might be a built-in rivalry there," McDaniel said.
Chattanooga FC will continue its relationship with the Major League Soccer club D.C. United, which will send its under-23 team to Finley. McDaniel said a date for that game, likely in early July, has not been finalized.
The CFC is holding open tryouts Saturday at Finley Stadium. To participate, fill out the registration and medical release forms at ChattanoogaFC.com and bring them to registration, which begins at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $40 (cash or check only). Tryouts begin at 10 a.m. Shin guards and cleats/turf shoes are required.
John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...