The tournament is becoming a preseason stable for many teams and the Battery have once again had request from multiple MLS teams to join the tournament.
Toronto FC will return for a fifth year and look to be bringing a sizable supporter contingent once again.
It will be Chicago Fire's first trip to Charleston. The Battery defeated Chicago last year in the US Open Cup sending them out of the tournament.
DC United will return as defending champions of last year tournament winner. Along with the competing for the Carolina Challenge Cup, DC and Charleston will fight for the the Coffee Pot Cup.
|DC United supporters drinking beer out of the Coffee Pot Cup|
The week long tournament is becoming a large draw for supporters looking to have a good time and cast off the cobwebs of a long off season. Many travel to spend the entire week at the tournament, renting beach houses at a fraction of the individual cost for hotels.
The week is punctuated with several events outside the matches. The Battery supporters group, the Regiment, host tailgates for all the visiting fans, with plenty of food and libations. The last two years, the Happy Hooligan's pub crawl have been a success. Dozens of supporters from the teams involved enjoy a night out in downtown Charleston. Look for more information closer to the tournament dates.
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