The Chattanooga Football Club goes through its final practice tonight before the National Semifinal match Saturday.
NewsChannel 9 caught up with the general manager and two key players before this showdown with Sacramento Gold.
They say they're ready.
Left midfielder Niall McCabe said, "I've played some big games, but yeah this will be right up there with one of the biggest."
McCabe knows all too well what's at stake Saturday night.
Goalkeeper Gregory Hartley's in the same mindset.
CFC lost only one game this season, tied another, and won the rest.
But Hartley said the team has to stick to the gameplan. Hartley said, "We've got to be on our game. A couple of games this season, we've let things slip."
But the team's gotten stronger in its run into the National Premier Soccer League playoffs. It goes into Saturday's matchup with a number two ranking against number three Sacramento.
General manager Sean McDaniel belives the timing is spot on. McDaniel noted, "Our guys are healthy, we're not carrying many injuries. We have a deep, deep bench and roster. Honestly, I think that's what carried us this far and I hope will carry us to a national championship."
Players also feed off the energy of the ChattaHooligans.
Hartley said they have been a true "12th man." "You see two thousand, three thousand fans at the game. Without them, I don't think we'd be the team that we are today."
McCabe echoes that sentiment, "Having the 'Hooligans there, it makes you want to like work that extra bit harder than if they weren't there. You want to make that extra run, that extra sprint."
And the goalkeeper said this team has jelled, on and off the field.
"We're more like a family, you know when we do stuff, we do it together as a team. There's no cliques, no little groups within the team. We are one big family," Hartley said.
McCabe said it will take one more key component to advance to the national championship. "First and foremost, hard work. You know, you don't get anywhere without working hard."
Kickoff is set for 7:30 Saturday night at Finley Stadium.
by John Madewell