(CFC release) Chattanooga, TN – As the Chattanooga FC first team begins training this week, the club is pleased to announce four preseason matches to test the players before the 2021 NISA spring tournament begins. The early schedule features MLS’ Atlanta United, USL Championship teams Birmingham Legion and Louisville City, as well as amateur club KSA from Atlanta.
“We are very pleased with the four preseason matches that we’ve been able to secure” said Peter Fuller, Head Coach, Chattanooga FC. “We have a strong amateur team in KSA who is coming in to play us. We have two USL championship teams and an MLS club who have reached out to us to play preseason games and we are extremely grateful! The games and the variety of teams should prepare us well as we enter the spring portion of the NISA schedule.”
Atlanta United first played Chattanooga FC in 2017, its first match ever. After a few short years, both teams will face each other again, this time in Atlanta. The “5 stripes” have amassed a large organic following in the Southeast, and have experienced much success on the field, including the MLS Cup in 2018, and both the US Open Cup and Campeones Cup in 2019.
Louisville City boasted a 11-3-2 (W-L-D) record last season, as well as a deep playoff run to the conference finals. Birmingham went 7-5-4 in 2020 and made it to the conference playoff quarterfinals.
The first three matches, Birmingham Legion on March 13th, KSA on March 20th, and Atlanta United on March 24th will be played behind closed doors, with no access available for fans or media. The final preseason match, Louisville City on April 3rd, will be open to the public.
2021 Preseason Match Schedule:
March 13- @ Birmingham Legion (CLOSED DOOR)
March 20- vs. KSA, Finley Stadium (CLOSED DOOR)
March 24- @ Atlanta United (CLOSED DOOR)
April 3- vs. Louisville City, 2:00pm ET (OPEN TO FANS)