THE VERSATILE DEFENDER IS THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY'S ALL-TIME APPEARANCE LEADER.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Jan. 10, 2024 — Chattanooga Football Club (CFC) today announced it has signed Robert Screen to a one-year deal with a club option for a year extension, pending league and federation approval.
The 23-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina spent five successful seasons at the University of Kentucky where he became the school’s all-time appearance maker.
The versatile Screen spent his first professional season with Forward Madison FC in USL League One, where he made 16 appearances in the league and one start in the US Open Cup.
“Robert has a quality we really look for in a player: he can play multiple positions and possess key qualities that fit our style of play,” said Head Coach and Sporting Director Rod Underwood. “Also, he believes in the culture we have created and continues to create as a club. His ability to play on offense and defense makes him a very inviting player to us.”
Screen developed as a player at North Carolina FC’s academy, while he also played for the club’s U-23 side during his college years, making 29 appearances and scoring six goals across 2019, 2021 and 2022.
“I am very excited to be joining Chattanooga FC,” said Screen. “I know that it is a long standing and successful team with a great backing from the community, which makes me very excited for the upcoming season. I cannot wait to help Chattanooga on and off the field this coming year!
“The importance of a good community around a soccer club is something that cannot be stressed enough. The fanbase can very easily be the difference in how a team does during a season, which is why I am very pleased to see how well supported CFC is.”
Chattanooga FC will compete in MLS NEXT Pro for the first time beginning in 2024. Fans can explore all ticketing options at ChattanoogaFC.com.
Name: Robert Screen
Birthdate: May 25, 2000 (23)
Birthplace: Raleigh, NC
2024 Chattanooga FC roster (as of January 10, 2024)
Goalkeepers (2): Jean Antoine, Jon Burke
Defenders (5): Joseph Perez, Anatolie Prepelita, \Jesse Williams, \Milo Garvanian, *Robert Screen
Midfielders (4): Richard Dixon, Luis Garcia Sosa, Jesus Ibarra, Alex McGrath
Forwards (2): Taylor Gray, Damian Rodriguez
*Indicates new signing for 2024 season
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.