Chattanooga Red Wolves SC ensured last weekend’s debut at CHI Memorial Stadium was a win for the home side.
For their second game at the East Ridge venue, they expect to have a new player who will bring Tennessee roots and Major League Soccer cachet to the roster.
The Red Wolves (1-0-1) take on North Texas SC (1-1-0) in USL League One competition at 9 p.m. EDT Saturday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Chattanooga’s next home game is against Union Omaha at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, and the club announced on Thursday that Tanner Dieterich, a first-round pick from MLS expansion club Nashville SC, has been named. added to the list via loan.
A loan means Dieterich is allowed to play temporarily for the Red Wolves, who will pay his salary as long as he is employed by the club. Bigger clubs often loan their young players who aren’t in the starting lineup to smaller teams so they can gain valuable playing time and experience.
Dieterich played at Father Ryan High School in Nashville before joining Clemson, where he captained for three years and recorded 75 appearances for the Tigers. He was the 28th pick in the MLS SuperDraft last January.
Nashville only played twice in its inaugural season, losing its debut to Atlanta United FC 2-1 on February 29 and 1-0 on the road to the Portland Timbers on March 8 before the coronavirus pandemic n quit sports. Nashville was scheduled to participate in the MLS is Back tournament that started last month in Florida, then had to pull out at the last minute due to several players testing positive for COVID-19.
The title game of this tournament is next week and MLS plans to continue the regular season at the teams’ stadiums.
The addition of Dieterich will fill a need for depth in midfield for the Red Wolves, who are coming off last Saturday’s 1-0 win over FC Tucson. Chattanooga midfielder Greg Hurst, who scored in the 53rd minute, and defender Leo Folla earned spots on the USL League One Team of the Week for their performances in the win.
“We have a long season in a short window,” said Red Wolves general manager Sean McDaniel. “So being able to have a player on loan, especially from Major League Soccer, is extremely helpful for us.”