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Huntsville City FC to Celebrate One Year at Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium Saturday vs. Atlanta United 2

May 16, 2024 - MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
Huntsville City Football Club News Release

Huntsville, Ala. - Huntsville City Football Club will complete its third two-match homestand of the season when it hosts Atlanta United 2 on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. CT at Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium, presented by Teledyne Brown Engineering.

Here's five things to know for the match, airing live on MLS Season Pass on AppleTV.

Saturday's match will mark the one-year anniversary of Huntsville City Football Clubs' historic home opener at Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium. On May 19, 2023, fans were welcomed into The Joe for the first professional soccer match in stadium history, seeing the Boys in Blue earn the first win in club history, a 2-1 victory over Crown Legacy FC. To celebrate the anniversary, a party on the pitch will take place after the final whistle, where fans can come onto the field and enjoy music, a lights show, glow sticks, and more.

Soccer fans will have the rare opportunity to see Huntsville City FC and its parent club, Nashville SC, play on the same day against the same club. NSC will play Atlanta United at 12:30 p.m. CT at GEODIS Park before HCFC plays Atlanta United 2 at 7 p.m. CT at Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium. This weekend marks the second time this season both Nashville and Huntsville share an opponent during the same matchweek. The two both played the Columbus Crew on March 30, and will face Orlando City SC the weekend of Aug. 31, Atlanta United FC the weekend of Sept. 14, FC Cincinnati the weekend of Sept. 21, and New York City FC the weekend of Oct. 5.

Huntsville earned a dramatic 4-2 victory the first time the two sides met on July 23, 2023 at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Grounds. After trailing 2-1 at halftime, the Boys in Blue rallied for three goals in the final 20 minutes to secure three points on the road.

For the second time this season, Huntsville will face off with a former Boy in Blue. Goalkeeper John Berner served as a player/coach in 2023 for the club, amassing eight starts between the posts and recording 28 saves. He also started in net in Huntsville's 4-2 win against Atlanta United 2 on July 23, 2023 at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Grounds.

Eight matches into the 2024 season, four Boys in Blue have seen action in every game: defender Fernando Ciceron and midfielders Jony Bolaños, Izzy Johnston, and Ollie Wright. Bolaños and Ciceron have started every match this season.

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