THE DEFENDER, WHO PRIMARILY PLAYS AS A LEFT-BACK, JOINS AFTER SPENDING THE 2023 SEASON WITH NEW MEXICO UNITED.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Jan. 3, 2024 — Chattanooga Football Club (CFC) today announced it has signed Milo Garvanian to a one-year deal with a club option for a year extension, pending league and federation approval.
After spending five fruitful seasons with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2018 through 2022, Garvanian was selected 54th overall in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft by CF Montréal.
Ultimately, Garvanian’s professional career began in his own backyard of Albuquerque with New Mexico United in the USL Championship. The versatile defender made eight appearances during the 2023 season.
Garvanian also had a successful spell with the Colorado Rapids’ Development Academy (DA) where he was named in the Best XI for the entire DA in 2017 and team captain in 2018.
“Milo has the abilities that fit our way of playing,” said Head Coach and Sporting Director Rod Underwood. “He brings experiences from the USL Championship, a high-level college and being drafted by Montréal. I am excited to see him with the team.”
At left-back, Garvanian was the total points leader for UNC Chapel Hill during his senior season and helped lead the team to the Final Four of the 2020 NCAA tournament.
“I’m thrilled to be joining a team with such a rich history and so much support behind the club,” said Garvanian. “I look forward to contributing to the legacy and positive culture of CFC.”
Chattanooga FC will compete in MLS NEXT Pro for the first time beginning in 2024.
Fans can purchase season tickets and explore all ticketing options for the 2024 season at ChattanoogaFC.com.
Name: Milo Garvanian
Pronunciation: My-low Gar-vahn-yawn
Position: Left-back, midfield
Birthdate: January 17, 2000 (23)
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Citizenship: United States
2024 Chattanooga FC roster (as of January 3, 2024)
Goalkeepers (2): Jean Antoine, Jon Burke
Defenders (4): Joseph Perez, Anatolie Prepelita, Jesse Williams, Milo Garvanian
Midfielders (4): Richard Dixon, Luis Garcia Sosa, Jesus Ibarra, Alex McGrath
Forward (2): Taylor Gray, Damian Rodriguez
ABOUT CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB
Chattanooga Football Club was founded in 2009. The CFC Men's team will compete in MLS NEXT Pro starting in 2024. CFC Women is a summer amateur team that competes in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). Chattanooga Football Club became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries. CFC plays all home games at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.
ABOUT MLS NEXT Pro
Launched in 2022 by Major League Soccer, MLS NEXT Pro is a professional men’s soccer league in the United States and Canada that completes the pro player pathway from MLS NEXT to MLS first teams. MLS NEXT Pro continues to grow the game through innovation and diversity, bringing professional soccer to new communities and creating opportunities both on and off the field. MLS NEXT Pro will celebrate its third season in 2024 with 29 teams, 27 MLS-affiliated and two independent, Carolina Core FC and Chattanooga FC. Additional MLS-affiliated and independent clubs will join in the years ahead, including Cleveland and Jacksonville Armada FC. The majority of MLS NEXT Pro’s matches are broadcast on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV as part of the groundbreaking partnership between Apple and MLS. For more information about MLS NEXT Pro, visit mlsnextpro.com.