Charleston, SC – The Charleston Battery takes on Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tuesday evening at Blackbaud Stadium; gates open at 6:00 PM with kick off set for 7:30 PM ($10 – $18, www.charlestonbattery.com / (843) 971-4625). The Battery advanced to the third round by defeating PDL side Reading United AC 2-1 in a second round match played last Tuesday night.
This will be the third time that the Battery has played New York in the Open Cup. The Battery defeated the NY/NJ MetroStars 4-1 in 2001. Then in 2004 the Battery knocked the Metrostars out of the Cup for a second time winning a fourth round match by a score of 1-0. Both previous games were played at Blackbaud Stadium.
The Battery has also played the New York Red Bulls twice in the Carolina Challenge Cup pre-season tournament losing 1-0 to NY in 2007 and earning a 1-1 tie in 2008.
New York are led by third year head coach Hans Backe who has guided his side to the top of MLS’s Eastern Conference in the first part of the 2012 season. Backe has assembled a marquee squad that includes world-cup winner Thierry Henry and Mexican national team captain Rafa Marquez although Marquez will be unavailable on Tuesday due to a call up from Mexico.
Roy Miller (Costa Rica), Joel Lindpere (Estonia) and Dane Richards (Jamaica) have all also been called up by their respective national teams for upcoming friendly matches and will miss the match versus Charleston.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the fourth round to play the winner of the New England Revolution vs Harrisburg City Islanders match. If the Battery advances they would either host New England on Tuesday June 5 or travel to Harrisburg for the fourth round fixture.
New York was a founding member of MLS (1996), but has gone through several name changes. The team was originally known as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars through 1997. From the 1998 season through the 2005 season, the team was known as simply the MetroStars. On March 9, 2006, the team was sold to Red Bull, leading to the team’s current name.
Charleston Battery vs New York Red Bulls Tickets
Tickets for the Battery vs Red Bulls match are still available starting at just $10; to purchase tickets, for directions to Blackbaud Stadium or for more information please call (843) 971-GOAL (4625) or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The 99th edition of the U.S. Open Cup includes a 64-team field, which represents the largest in the modern era (1995 to present), eclipsing the previous record of 42 teams set in 2005 and 2006.
All Division I, II and III professional clubs are participating in the tournament proper for the first time ever. The Division I field includes all 16 U.S.-based Major League Soccer teams, which is double the representation from the past five years and the first time since 2006 that all Division I teams will take part.
The opening portion of the U.S. Open Cup schedule will occur in rapid fashion as the first four rounds take place in back-to-back weeks from May 15 to June 5. The quarterfinals are set for June 26, the semifinals for July 10, and the final for Aug. 7 or 8.
The Charleston Battery has never won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup but has advanced to the final once (2008) and the semifinal on three occasions (1999, 2004, 2008). In 2011 the Battery lost 1-0 to Orlando City in the second round of the tournament.