Columbus Crew Capture 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup

The Carolina Challenge Cup returned to MUSC Health Stadium in 2017 after a hiatus in 2016. The USL’s Charleston Battery hosted MLS sides Columbus Crew SC, Atlanta United FC, and Seattle Sounders FC in the preseason round-robin tournament. Columbus won the tournament on the strength of two wins and a draw. Intrepid Scratching the Pitch…

Charleston Rallies to Grab Point at Cincinnati

The Charleston Battery came to Nippert Stadium on Saturday night hoping to leap over FC Cincinnati to third place in the USL Eastern Conference standings. After a scoreless first half, the teams traded goals in the second, resulting in a 1-1 draw. Both teams earned a point to stand pat in the table. FC Cincinnati…

Q&A with Charleston Battery’s Odisnel Cooper

Odisnel Cooper is widely known as one of the elite goalkeepers in the USL, including being a 2015 Goalkeeper of the Year finalist. This season he has split time with Atlanta United’s loanee, Alex Tambakis of Greece. I was able to catch up with the fan favorite, “El Gato” or “Super Cooper”, to talk about…

Louisville City Outlasts Charleston Battery in USL East Semis

A record throng of 8,517 enthusiastic and hopeful fans filled the stands at Slugger Field for the first playoff match in Louisville City’s short history. The purple clad crowd did not leave disappointed. A game Charleston Battery side forced the action into two extra time periods, but City’s Matt Fondy punctuated the excitement with the contest’s only two…

Rhinos Stave Off Assault From Battery

The stage was set for a classic battle between two of the more iconic clubs in USL. The Rochester Rhinos sat atop the Eastern Conference, riding an 18-match unbeaten streak. The Charleston Battery entered the weekend one spot and six points behind the Rhinos, with a chance to erase the gap in the standings at Sahlen’s on Sunday…