Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 0, Reading United AC (PDL) 0 (4-1 PKs)
While both teams saw multiple chances to score, neither could find the back of the net, sending the match to extra time, which yielded penalty kicks. Chattanooga FC sunk its first four penalties, while Reading United AC could only convert one, continuing the NPSL side’s good fortune on penalty kicks in the tournament. Chattanooga FC will face the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) on June 1.
Reading United AC (PDL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reading United AC Previous Appearances (Best Finish): 10 appearances (Third Round: 2013, 2014)
Chattanooga FC Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Fifth appearance (Third Round: 2014, 2015)
- Reading United made their way to the second round via goals from Khori Bennett and Frantzdy Pierrot in the team’s 2-0 victory against Atlanta Silverbacks on May 11.
- Making their seventh straight appearance in the U.S. Open Cup, Reading United AC qualified for this year’s tournament via an At-Large berth after finishing with an 8-3-3 record during the 2015 PDL season.
- One of the darlings of last year’s tournament, Chattanooga FC will hope replicate their run to their third round run in 2015 where they defeated the Ocala Stampede 4-2 on penalty kicks in the first round and Wilmington Hammerheads 5-3 on penalty kicks in the second run before falling 2-1 to the Atlanta Silverbacks in extra time.
- The NPSL’s highest finishing participant club in 2015, Chattanooga was granted a first round bye in this year’s tournament.