Battery to take on Chicago Fire in second round play of Carolina Challenge Cup
Charleston, SC Feb. 18, 2013 – The Battery scored two goals in an inspiring second half of soccer against the Vancouver Whitecaps and although the end result was a loss, they will surely be looking to use that momentum as they head into the second leg of the Carolina Challenge Cup. The Battery is set to take on Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire on Wednesday, February 20 at Blackbaud Stadium in an excellent matchup under the lights.
The Fire are coming off of a 3-2 victory over Eastern Conference opponents, the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo started strong with a goal at 15’ but Chicago scored three consecutive goals and held on to the lead even after a late second goal by Houston at 64’ to chalk up a win.
Charleston got some promising looks late in the game against Vancouver after a missed opportunity early on by midfielder, Jose Cuevas. Nicki Paterson scored on a nice one time shot from point blank range to make it 3-1 and Dane Kelly followed suit with a beautiful finesse shot from the left side of the box.
There will not be many unknowns between these two sides; the Fire are competing in their third straight Carolina Challenge Cup following a second place finish last year to DC United. In addition, both teams have had a chance to scope out the other sides play during the first round action this past Saturday.
Chicago and Vancouver have both jumped out to a good start and are currently sitting on top of the leader board after wins in the opening round of play. Charleston and Houston are tied for second leaving the tournament still wide-open heading into the Wednesday’s matches.
Vancouver will play Houston in the opening match of the night at 5 PM followed by Charleston versus Chicago at 7:15 PM. The final round of play on Saturday, February 23 will feature Chicago versus Vancouver at 5 PM and Charleston versus Houston at 7:15 PM. All games will be played at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.
Tickets and Schedule: Single day tickets (includes two games) start at just $15; for more information or to purchase tickets please call (843) 971-GOAL (4625) or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
2013 Carolina Challenge Cup tournament schedule:
Wednesday, February 20
Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 5 PM
Charleston Battery vs. Chicago Fire, 7:15 PM
Saturday, February 23
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 5 PM
Charleston Battery vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:15 PM