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Sunday, March 27, 2011    |   
Chattanooga FC forward Luis Salazar, second from right, draws a crowd of Atlanta FC players as he takes control of the ball during a match at Finley Stadium. Staff File Photo by Tim Barber
Chattanooga FC forward Luis Salazar, second from right, draws a crowd of Atlanta FC players as he takes control of the ball during a match at Finley Stadium. Staff File Photo by Tim Barber

There are a wide-ranging array of events in Chattanooga every year.

From 70 minor league baseball games featuring the Chattanooga Lookouts and National Premier Soccer League team known as Chattanooga FC and the hometown University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs playing sports in the NCAA’s Southern Conference, there are plenty of sports to watch.

Chattanooga FC board member Sheldon Grizzle has said he’s been pleased with the support the program has received.

Chattanooga FC will open its third season on May 13 at Atlanta FC. The club was hoping to play an exhibition against a Mexican squad, as it did last year, but couldn’t get a deal done, Grizzle said.

A crowd of 6,317 attended CFC’s game last May against the U-23 team from F.C. Atlas, of Guadalajara, Mexico. The CFC and Atlanta-based soccer promoter Scott Spencer hosted a Major League Soccer exhibition match in March.

There are two new teams in the NPSL’s Southeast division, the Georgia Revolution and the Knoxville Force. CFC’s home debut is May 21 against the Force.