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Chattanooga Football Club's Joao Costa, right, shoots around Nashville Soccer Club's Bradley Bourgeois during Saturday night's exhibition game at Finley Stadium. Nashville SC won 3-1.

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Chattanooga FC drops 3-1 friendly to Nashville SC

This time around, the professionals were too tough.

After making history last month by becoming the first National Premier Soccer League team to tie a Major League Soccer franchise, Chattanooga Football Club could not replicate that feat Saturday night at Finley Stadium.

Playing Nashville Soccer Club, which is in its first season in the United Soccer League and will eventually compete in MLS, the hosts allowed three first-half goals and only had one second-half answer in a 3-1 exhibition defeat.

An announced crowd of 3,239 attended the friendly between the former NPSL rivals, with Nashville SC having been known as Nashville FC until leaving the league in 2015.

Midfielder Matt LaGrassa scored on a penalty kick less than 20 minutes into Saturday's game to put Nashville up 1-0. A goal by forward Ropapa Mensah at the 30-minute mark made it 2-0, and a goal by forward Tucker Hume at the 44-minute mark put the guests up 3-0.

Juan Hernandez put CFC on the board with a goal in the 59th minute.

CFC, which played visiting Dallas FC of MLS to a 1-1 standoff on Feb. 3, will return to Finley on April 21 for a friendly against Detroit FC. Those teams will play again April 28 at Keyworth Stadium in Detroit.

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