Bay Cities F.C. Returns to Action after Bye Week Against Chattanooga FC

Published Jun 17, 2022

Written by Scott Matulis


Fixture: Chattanooga FC (5-1-1) vs Bay Cities FC (5-3-4)

Date & Time: Saturday, June 18 | 7 pm PCT

Venue: Sequoia Stadium| Redwood City, CA


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Twitter and Instagram: @BayCitiesFC

After a much-needed week off, Bay Cities FC takes on Chattanooga FC (CFC) Saturday night at Sequoia Stadium. The game is part of Bay Cities FC’s first-ever men's-women's double header at Sequoia Stadium.  The Bay Cities FC women’s team kicks off at 3 pm vs. Sacramento United and the men’s team takes the field at 7 pm. Additionally, Bay Cities FC will celebrate its First Annual Pride Night and will be donating 15% of ticket sales to the nonprofit The Trevor Project.

In its last game before the break, Bay Cities FC played ALBION San Diego to a 1-1 draw which maintained its spot in second place in the NISA West division. Saturday night’s fixture will be the second time Bay Cities and Chattanooga FC have met this season.  In the first meeting, last month in Tennessee, Chattanooga defeated Bay Cities 4-2 to move into first place in the NISA East Division.  Chattanooga remains at the top of the division and comes to Redwood City on a four-game win streak in which it has outscored its opponents 14-4. 

Chattanooga FC is led by goal-scoring machine Markus Naglestad who leads NISA in goals scored with seven. Naglestad, a 31-year old Norwegian, converted a penalty in the team's first meeting with Bay Cities and also scored in Chattanooga’s last game, a 3-1 victory on June 11 over Syracuse Pulse. Taylor Gray, a speedy winger who scored a brace last time against Bay Cities, is second on the team in scoring with four goals. 

“We need to be prepared to defend well in transition,” said Head Coach Anders Perez. “The last game, we let them score way too easily. That cannot be the case this time around.” 

After a month where he was forced to stitch together his lineup due to injuries, Perez will have to find the right combination against Chattanooga. Bay Cities will be without defender Christian Dean who moved to USL League Two side Forward Madison earlier this month. It will also miss leading scorer Josiah Romero who is serving the first game of a three-game suspension in response to a straight red card in the ALBION game. Second-leading scorer Anthony Orendain and defender Jonathan Partida will also miss Saturday’s game, who are both out with injury.

It is part of the process,” stated Perez. “This is what it means to be in a professional league. It is about looking to get results when conditions are less than ideal. We have a next man up mentality, and I know our players will be ready.” 

Bay Cities F.C. so far

  • Injury update: Anthony Orendain, Rei Dorwart, Jacob Goyen and Jonathan Partida remain on the injured list. 
  • In 12 games, Bay Cities FC has scored a NISA-leading 21 goals.  
  • Bay Cities FC forward Josiah Romero is second in the NISA Golden Boot race with six goals, one behind Naglestad. 
  • Bay Cities has accumulated three red cards this season, tied for most in the league.
  • Bay Cities July 1 meeting with Valley United has been postponed due to Valley United taking a voluntary 30-day operational pause. 
  • Bay Cities FC has played 12 games this season, more than any other NISA team except Flower City Union



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