Chattanooga Football Club dominates to advance to third round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / Chattanooga FC forward Taylor Gray picked up an assist off a header in the first half of Wednesday's 4-1 road win over the Des Moines Menace in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.

This story was updated on April 6 to correct the teams that could possibly serve as third-round U.S. Open Cup opponents for the Chattanooga FC.

Chattanooga FC cruised into the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The boys in blue proved to be the menace as they dominated Wednesday's 4-1 road victory over USL League Two's Des Moines Menace.

CFC put on a scoring clinic as the National Independent Soccer Association club struck the back of the net on four of its seven shots, including both of their attempts in the first half.

Attacking midfielder Alex McGrath broke Des Moines' spirit in the 73rd minute as he scored on an open goal from 50 yards out as the keeper came off his line trying to clear the ball. McGrath's goal gave Chattanooga a 3-1 lead.

Markus Naglestad opened CFC's scoring in the 23rd minute, sending in a goal off a header across the goal from Taylor Gray. Dalton native Damian Rodriguez subbed in early in the match and scored in the 36th minute, while Juan Louis helped Chattanooga separate even more in the 85th minute, scoring off a through ball.

Chattanooga FC keeper Jean Antoine claimed a free kick even while being fouled in the 30th minute and also saved a point-blank shot on goal in the 48th minute. The only goal he allowed came off a Des Moines counter attack in the 69th minute.

CFC will draw on Thursday to find out its third round U.S. Open Cup opponent, which will be either: Atlanta United (MLS), Brimingham Legion FC (USL Championship), Memphis 901 FC (USL Championship), Nashville SC (MLS) or San Antonio FC (USL Championship).

After the third round, the U.S. Open Cup will be dwindled down to 32 teams, with the finals being played on Sept. 27.