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The Chattanooga Football Club announced Thursday that it will face Municipal in a soccer exhibition match June 30 at Ridgeland High School. Kickoff in Rossville is set for 6 p.m.

After more than 7,000 fans came to Finley Stadium for a CFC contest against Comunicaciones FC on March 23, another professional powerhouse from Guatemala will visit the area. Municipal has 30 league championships.

"We were actually approached by a third party who wanted to bring Municipal to Chattanooga to play us," CFC president Sheldon Grizzle said. "This is a strong testament to what we are building and what we have done with our club. We have been able to get the two most storied clubs in Guatemalan professional soccer to come play us in Chattanooga."

CFC is in the midst of a historic season in which it opened the door to public ownership and has brought prestigious clubs in from other countries, including La Liga power Real Betis.

"When we first started the club the whole idea was bringing the world's game to Chattanooga," Grizzle added. "We are always looking at opportunities to bring in soccer teams that will capture our fans' attention. Guatemalan teams make a lot of sense to bring in along with Mexican teams because of the influence of those cultures in our city."

Tickets to the match against Municipal, also known as "Los Rojos," are $20.

CFC (4-1-1) will try for its fifth consecutive win this weekend at Atlanta SC and look to stay atop the standings in its National Premier Soccer League division.

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon.

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