As the start of Atlanta United’s inaugural training camp gets closer, more details are emerging about the club’s plans. On February 11, Atlanta United will travel up to Chattanooga to take on the local NPSL club at Finley Stadium. Chattanooga FC general manager Sean McDaniel said that the match will be Atlanta United’s first ever match in a press conference today. Kickoff will be at 3:00 p.m.
CFC v @ATLUTD February 11th, 2017 in @FinleyStadium pic.twitter.com/hjcBnT7Uqf— Chattanooga FC (@ChattanoogaFC) January 3, 2017
“This is another exciting moment for our club, as our preseason tour will start in Chattanooga, signifying our first-ever official match,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said. “We’re happy to begin our preseason in the southeast and are happy that our fans will have the opportunity to see us play at Finley Stadium in February.”
“This is a very exciting time,” Atlanta United Head Coach Gerardo Martino said. “Preseason matches are always a very important time for the coaches and players to establish a rhythm, and especially important for a first-year team to better understand each other.”
Chattanooga will also host the U.S. men’s national team in a friendly against Jamaica on February 3. This will be the first time the USMNT has played in Chattanooga. Tickets will go on sale on Friday at 10:00 a.m.
Chattanooga FC has been one of the most successful clubs in the National Premier Soccer League since their inception in 2009. Regularly drawing crowds among the largest in their league, they set their attendance record in the NPSL championship match in 2015 when 18,227 saw Chattanooga fall to the New York Cosmos B squad.
In addition to the match in Chattanooga, Atlanta United will be participating in the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. One week after the Chattanooga game, Atlanta will face the Columbus Crew in Charleston. They will also play the Seattle Sounders on February 22 and the Charleston Battery on February 25. United will open their first MLS season on March 5 at Bobby Dodd Stadium against the New York Red Bulls.
Tickets for this match are available here.
Atlanta United Preseason Schedule
Saturday, February 11 at Chattanooga FC
Saturday, February 18 vs. Columbus Crew in Charleston, SC
Wednesday, February 22 vs. Seattle Sounders in Charleston, SC
Saturday, February 25 at Charleston Battery