Chattanooga FC to host Guatemalan power Comunicaciones FC

Chattanooga FC's Jonathan Ricketts (25) plays the ball amid the Atlanta Silverbacks defense during the National Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference final at Finley Stadium on Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. / Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter

Chattanooga Football Club's first international friendly of the 2019 season will bring Guatemalan powerhouse Comunicaciones Futbol Club to Finley Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff on March 23.

Comunicaciones FC has won 30 league titles and three Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) cups. Other championships include 10 Supercups and eight Copas de Guatemala.

The club's lineup includes many Guatemalan national team players who will compete for spots on the 2020 World Cup squad.

This is the first time an international first-division club will play Chattanooga FC.

"We have always wanted to host a team from Guatemala at Finley," CFC president Sheldon Grizzle said in a news release Friday. "Comunicaciones has won dozens of championships in Guatemala, and so it will be a real test for our guys right out of the gates.