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Match Previews - 5.16.2023

By Staff, 05/16/23, 4:15PM EDT


Second edition of Smoky Mountain Smackdown set for Rocky Top debut

One Knoxville SC vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

Venue: Regal Soccer Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms, 78°
Hashtag: #KNXvCHA
Series (First Meeting): 0-1-0 (2023)

Set for its second match in four days, One Knoxville SC (2-3-2, 9th) will host its well-rested Smoky Mountain Smackdown counterpart, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (2-3-1, 10th), in the pair's second-ever matchup. The Volunteer State rivals have picked up just two wins, respectively, through the first two months of the season and just one win in each's last three matches. The last time Knoxville and Chattanooga matched up, the Red Wolves erased a one-goal deficit with two goals scored in the span of 14 minutes during the second half. The pair have struggled to score and been challenged defensively, so this first match of Week 10 could very well result in a point shared.


KNX - Jake Keegan: The veteran attacker and second-highest scorer in League One history already has three goals to his name in 2023.

CHA - Nicolás Cardona: The Puerto Rico international captain leads his side in tackles (15) and duels (42) won.


KNX: None reported

CHA: M - Christian Enriquez (out, injury), D - Manuel Madrid (questionable, injury), M - Yahir Paez (out, injury), M - Andrew Paoli (out, injury), D - Richard Rentería (out, eligibility)

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