Picking ourselves off the ground and dusting ourselves off, our Boys in Green are off to Chattanooga Tennessee to take on Chattanooga FC in our first match of the six-side Members Cup. They are:
Chattanooga is our first stop. Finley Stadium is where the then-Cosmos B side defeated Chattanooga FC in the 2015 NPSL National Championship, so there is some element of payback in the air as the clock ticks down to kickoff. A taste of that match was put together as a retrospective for this weekend, and can be found here. Watching that, there is no doubt that Chattanooga is a soccer town. It's such a soccer town that USL carpetbaggers from Utah set up shop, bribed some CFC staff to switch sides under suspicious circumstances and tried to coopt their history. Stories tend to have a familiar path when it comes to USSF-sanctioned leagues.
Crashing out during the regular season playoffs, Chattanooga FC is coming off a nice long break for this match, whereas our boys have been in nonstop training and prep for an active and uninterrupted season experience.
A video stream will be available, and will be distributed day of the match. Look for it to be added on First Team Podcast's Facebook Event for the match. Kickoff is 7:30pm ET.
So, what are we up against?
A quick glance at their NPSL season record indicates a relatively strong side for its Southeast conference. Their roster is an interesting mix of local college players, internationals and former college players who stayed local and with the club. Players with connections to the Atlanta Silverbacks appear prominently.
Expect a small contingent of your Five Points to make the trek to bear witness and support the club, including yours truly. Fun fact: your correspondent was crestfallen to discover that, in fact, it is not possible to take a ride on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, as Amtrak provides service to only one locale in Tennessee. It is not Chattanooga.
Following this August 10th match will be our home opener of the Members Cup, where we host the Milwaukee Torrent at Mitchel Athletic Complex on August 17th. Details will be collated in our Facebook Event of that match as well. We hear they may bring some good beer with them! Put August 17th on your calendars now, and Vamos Cosmos!