Thursday, November 3, 2011

Battery announce DC as first team in the 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup

With the MLS season winding down and the USL season more than two month in, we have some news about the 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup.   DC United will return for the annual preseason tournament which will take place between February 25 to March 3.  This will be United's seventh visit to Charleston having won the round-robin tournament the last two years in a row.

It will also be a chance for the Battery to take back the Coffee Pot Cup.

Speculation about the remaining teams participating will continue until the Battery front office announce the two other MLS teams but we can eliminate a few teams.

Earlier in the week Walt Disney World announced its Pro Soccer Classic which will feature eight teams during the same week as the CCC.  So far, the teams announced are Toronto FC, Sporting KC and Orlando City Lions.  That press release mentioned five MLS teams will participate in that tournament so it is safe to say neither SKC or TFC will make the trip to the Lowcountry.

The Colorado Rapids would seem out as well as they have announced plans to play in Hawaii between February 24 to 26

Also looking at the CONCACAF Champions league calendar, the first leg of the quarterfinals will take place on March 5 or 6.  Their are three remaining MLS teams still in the CCL:  LA, Seattle and Toronto.  While Toronto is playing the week prior in Orlando, it remains to be seen if Seattle or LA would crowd their schedules with so much on the line.

 Keep your eye here at No Quarter for more news and rumors.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Former Battery players Neagle and Alonso key for Seattle's push for MLS Cup

In 2008 Osvaldo Alonso was USL's Rookie of the Year and the Battery's MVP of the year.  In 2009 he became a key player in MLS's expansion team, the Seattle Sounders.

Lamar Neagle came to Charleston in 2010 and went on to help the Battery win its third championship.  In 2011 he joined the Sounders, scoring a couple pivitoal goals and racking up more minutes than he thought he would get this season.

Saturday starts the Sounders push for the 2011 MLS Cup and both Neagle and Ozzie will be playing an important roll as they take on Real Salt Lake (Fox Soccer Channel, 10:00pm EST)

Ozzie was recently lauded by Steve Kelley in the Seattle Times as "playing like a MVP"  and the comments on the article show how much they love Ozzie in Seattle.

Lamar was featured on MLSsoccer as the go to guy after Seattle's Mauro Rosales was ruled out of the match with RSL with a strained MCL.

RSL's Rio Tino Stadium has become a fortress for the home team.  But Neagle cracked the wall when his goal sealed the the first win for a visiting team in 29 matches.


Good luck to both of you.  The Battery faithful will be wishing you the best!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Where are they now: Cole Peverley

New Zealand International and Battery midfielder Cole Peverley is now playing with Canterbury United.

Peverley is expecting to return to the Battery for the 2012 season.

Cantebury United play in New Zealand's ASB Premeir League.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Where are they Now? Brandon Massie

A recent article on the Potomac Soccer Wire Battery player Brandon Massie will be playing with newly fromed Norfolk SharX in the USL indoor league (MISL)

Brandon originally hails from the area and he was excited about being close to home.

"I was excited to learn that Norfolk might have a team and I knew I wanted to come home and give it a shot. Now that I've made it, I'm so happy to be a part of this community again. I am also happy that my parents will be able to see me play again. I've been playing in Charleston for two seasons and with them at the games in Norfolk it will be just like old times!"

You can learn more about the Norfolk Sharx by visiting their website

Good luck to Brandon!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Where are they now: Nicki Paterson

Charleston Battery midfielder Nicki Paterson looks set to join the Baltimore Blast, an indoor team playing in USL's Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) during the off season.   Their season runs from November 12 to March 5 and it looks like they have video streaming for the home matches at least.  All indication point toward Nicki returning to the Battery for the 2012 Season.

Look for an official announcement from the Baltimore Blast soon.  Here is the Blast website for more info 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Where are they now: JC Mack

The Return of the Mack.

Last season, JC Mack was sidelined after showing promise down the wings for the Battery.  His recovery has been slow but Mack is a fighter and has been working hard to be ready to be back on the pitch when the season starts up in 2012. 

Here is a video he put together and in case you didn't know, JC is a bit of musician as well.  I'm pretty sure he wrote the rap and put together the samples for his latest video.


"All men are created equal, some work harder in preseason!"  

We'll be keeping you updated with

Thursday, September 8, 2011

South Carolina get a new club

While No Quarter has been quite since the Charleston Battery season ended we aim to remedy that with a few Battery updates and news from around the league starting with the announcement of a new PDL team in South Carolina. 

The United Soccer Leagues announced today that the Palmetto FC Bantams have joined the PDL and will begin play in the 2012 season. The new club will be based in Greenwood, S.C.

Local business leader Mark Riddle, Lander University soccer coach Van Taylor, and Greenwood attorney Aaron Taylor have spearheaded the development of the franchise.

Palmetto FC will play a 16-game schedule between the months of May and July, and will play most of its eight home matches at Lander University’s soccer field in Greenwood, located in west central South Carolina. Riddle will be the team’s president, while coaches and other team officials have yet to be named.

The club chose the name Palmetto to draw support from a wider area of South Carolina, the Palmetto State. Palmetto FC has formed a partnership with Bradford City of England’s League Two and will share the same logo and team colors as Bradford City. The partnership includes the possibility of exhibition matches.

The Bantams will have several South Carolina schools to draw from including strong smaller school programs like Lander, Erskine, Newberry, North Greenville, Anderson, USC Aiken, Francis Marion, Coker and Limestone, to bigger schools including Winthrop, USC Upstate, Presbyterian, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Charleston, the University of South Carolina and Clemson.

The club’s first tryout is tentatively planned for December.

Read the entire USL press release here

With a several highly competitive college soccer programs in the state, a PDL team should be able to draw a large pool of players while giving the students opportunities to train throughout the summer.   Best of luck to the Bantams!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Battery v. Orlando

Play offs. Get it done Charleston!

Audio only stream available at

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Goals Galore and Back to Orlando

Friday night the Battery had to win the match and win they did.  Notching a season high four goals in a "do or die" match against Charlotte certainly showed what they Battery can do offensively.  All season you could see that several players look like they were going to break down the curse this season and rack up some goals but it never came.  Surprisingly though the most spectacular goals came from someone who normally plays on the back line, Mike Zaher.

It's been said that Zaher's move from the defense into the midfield was the call of Battery Owner, Tony Bakker, and whether it was Zaher wanting to prove himself, Charlotte being unprepared for him in that position or the fact Zaher just thought "what the heck, I'm going for it," it all culminated into two of the nicest goals seen at Blackbaud this season.

Add a goal each from Zach Prince and Dane Kelly, the Battery seemed to be in the driver seats.  hat is until the 90th minute when two Charlotte goals in stoppage time made the score line 4-3 in favor of the Battery but left more than a few people apprehensive about the outcome.  And 4-3 was the final and the Battery were more than relieved to hear the final whistle. 

With the win, the Battery were also the crowned Southern Derby Cup winners.  The cup was promptly filled with Guinness and the players and fans celebrated the victory.

Sunday saw the Regiment annual Player Appreciation Picnic.  This year was a great turn out with tons of food, tons of people and off course the return of the infamous egg toss. Last years champion Levi Coleman was looking to retain his title this year and quickly chose the same partner as last year.  After several round the final two were down to Levi Coleman and Nicki Paterson with their team mates.  Nicki launched a long toss that his 4 year old partner couldnt track down, cracking the egg.  All Coleman had to do was launch and easy one for his partner, Director of ticket Sales for the Battery, Suzanne Sudzina, but the egg broke on the catch.  Levi and Nicki will have to share the title this year.

The boys now travel to Orlando to take on the Lions for the fifth time this season. the Battery have only won one of the last four but will be looking for the win this Saturday night to advance toward the Championship match. 

Spirits are high in the Battery camp.  The past contest with Orlando City have been very close and the results could have been different with a lucky bounce or a favorable call from the referee.  There is a small contingent of Battery fans traveling down for the match but for those unable to make the trip, the match will be on USLlive and via the Battery radio network. 

Up the Battery!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back in the Hunt!

After a couple weeks in Jolly Ole England, No Quarter is back at would looks like the biggest match of the year for the Battery this Friday night!

After Charleston's disappointing run their last three matches ( losses to 1-0 Rochester, 1-0 Orlando and 2-1 Orlando) and Charlotte strong finish to the season, Charlotte could have wrapped up the final playoff spot in the American Division Wednesday night when they played Harrisburg City Islanders.  Thankfully for Battery fans, Harrisburg scored in the 87th minute to give the City Islanders a 1-0 win and leaving the final playoff spot still there to be claimed in the final match of the season when Charleston goes head to head with Charlotte Friday night.

And that set up that must have the USL brass smiling.  The head to head, winner takes the final playoff spot scenario is televised on live on Fox Soccer Channel nationwide.  A season finale, showcasing two local rivals, in one of the premier soccer stadiums in the United States with what looks to be a packed crowd.  A better script couldn't have been written.

And if that isn't enough it is also the final match of the Southern Derby Cup.  Charleston will win the fan based cup with a win or a draw.  Charlotte will in it if they score more than 3 goals and Wilmington will claim the title with a Charlotte win with less than a 2 goal margin. 

Charlotte will advance to the post season with a win or a draw.  As mentioned, they lost their latest match against Harrisburg but with favorable results in two tough road matches, Charlotte pulled itself out of the bottom of the table and have become a contender late in the season.  Knowing a draw will put them through, the Battery will have to press hard throughout the match to get the result they need.

Charleston is going in feeling a bit unlucky as the there have been several matches where the team has out played its opponent but not gotten the result.  It comes as no surprise that lack of goals is the primary issue for the club this year.  Charleston have yet to score more than two goals per match and only the Dayton Dutch Lions have scored as few goals at the Battery (20 so far) and the Lions have only won two matches this season.

Hopefully there will be a goal glut for the Battery as they push for the post season.  JC Mack looks like he will still be unavailable for the match with his ankle injury and Johnny Wilson will be sitting this one out due to a red card suspension he picked up in the dying moments the Orlando match.  Also it appears Kelly may have tweaked his ankle during practice but it sounds like he should be fine for the match.

Finally, a big thanks to the CoachGT and Toronto FC's Red Patch Boys who brought down a banner they made as a gesture of thanks for the Regiment and the Battery's hospitality over the years during the Carolina Challenge Cup.  Looks awesome Coach and we appreciate it very much!

Up the Battery!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Battery v. Portsmouth FC

We'll No Quarter has been a little quite lately but that is because, I am currently in England.  Combining a family visit with a wedding plus some much needed R&R for the weary, things are going well.  When the fixture list came out, this looked like the perfect time to head accross the pond, missing only one match in a three week period.

Then the announcement came for the Portsmouth match.

It always is disappointing to miss a match, but a match against and English opponent is even more disappointing.  And when it is a club with the history of Portsmouth, it can be down right disappointing.
  Fortuanately, this is the age of the Internet and if things go well,  I'll be wearing my Battery Jersey, watching the match on, listening via a radio broadcast or at the very least following Twitter updates.

For those in the neighborhood, make sure you get to this match.

Here is a good link from my fellow Battery blogger in the lead up to the big match.

Who is this Blue Army? from the Beautiful Game

Up the Battery!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

So your coming to the Colonies ( Or Some tips for our friends visting from across the pond)

Portsmouth have some great fans to be sure.  For all they have gone through over the last couple years you can't help have a soft spot for someone who has stood beside their club.  And while they have one of soccer's most recognizable and (in?)famous fans in John Portsmouth Football Club Westwood, there are scores of others that are  equally as passionate about the club.

On July 17, Portsmouth FC will take on our local boys, the Charleston Battery.  Portsmouth will also spend the majority of their time training here in the States based in Charleston.  So for those supporters making the trip over, here are some tips and suggestions while you are staying in the Charleston area.

1.  Its hot and humid.
You likely will get of the plane and think you've walked into a steam bath.  Most visitors are going to want to take advantage of all the sites and scenery Charleston has to offer but pace yourself.  Drink plenty of water and try to do things early in the morning or late afternoon.  Take lots of breaks.  Charleston is a laid back type of place so popping into a bar or pub while downtown in the middle of the afternoon is totally acceptable.

Make sure you wear sunscreen or a hat, getting sunburned the first day can make things pretty miserable for a couple days. 

2. Things to see
There is a lot to do and see.  Of course, everyone has their own likes and dislikes, so here is a link to the local visitor center be sure to check out the video gallery (25 different videos) and links to most things in the area.

For me here is the top places to visit and things to do while in town in no particular order:
Carriage ride -good way to start the visit as it gives you a some history of the city plus you can get a good layout of downtown and go back to visit some of the places along the tour if you wish
Market Street- four blocks of local vendors selling everything from paintings to jewelry to Charleston's famous sweet grass baskets. 
The Aquarium - not the biggest or best in the States but it is nice and a good way to get out of the heat for the afternoon
The Beach- lounging around on holiday is always a top priority.  Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island are all within about 15 min of downtown.   If you want to try your hand at some local fishing, you can get a single day license and rent all the kit at the pier on Folly Beach.
Take a walk- You really will appreciate Charleston by walking.  You can wander the streets looking at the houses and gardens and our famous wrought iron fences, gates and ornaments or you can check out one of the many walking tours including Ghost walks, Pirate walks, Garden walks and a few others.
Get on the water-whether you take a harbor tour or rent a kayak on Shem creek.  One of my favorites is the sunset sails on the Schooner Pride 
Fort Sumter- for history buffs, its where the American Civil War began.
USS Yorktown- an American aircraft carrier with a lot of static displays of aircraft,
Check out a plantation  Boone Hall, Drayton hall, Magnolia or Middleton Place are all nice.  Boone Hall feature the quintessential oak lined avenue leading to the front of the house.

Some other cool things;  Charleston Museum, Firefly Distillery (sweet tea vodka), Charleston Tea Plantation, Morris Island lighthouse, Waterfront Park, Ft. Moultrie (fort that was attacked in the movie "Glory" by the all black unit the 54th Massachusetts during the Civil War), and Charles Towne landing.  

3.  Eat
Charleston is a great place for food.  Everything from upscale to down home.  Seafood, fresh vegetables, pork.  There are some dishes which you have to try; Shrimp and Grits, pulled pork with a mustard based BBQ, boiled peanuts, steam local oysters, Fried Green tomatoes and any local seafood.  Generally, servings are big and prices are reasonable.  Feel free to ask for recommendation based on what you want and how much you want to spend in the comments area and I'm sure we can help you out.

4.  Bars and nightlife
There are several places downtown that are pretty good,  The Gryffin and Liberty Tavern for more traditional pub feel.  Big john's Tavern for those that want to experience a true American dive bar.  For those wanting to let there hair down, Market Street Saloon (think of the movie Coyote Ugly were the girls occasionally dance on the bar)  Outside of downtown,  our local bar that shows footie if its on television is the Madra Rua (owned by a Liverpool supporter but we all get along (normally) when we watch matches) ,  very quaint and a place the locals go. Not really in the nicest part of town but definitely worth stopping by for a match and a couple pints.  Again, let us know what type place your looking for and we'll direct you in the right direction.

5.  Shopping  I'm sure someone will want to go shopping,  There are four retail shopping malls in the area,  Northwoods and Citadel malls are traditional shopping malls,  couple big department stores, with tons of smaller stores.  There is an Outlet mall where most major stores sell last years lines or overages usually for a pretty good discount.   there is also a big outdoor style mall in Mt. Pleasant area.  Another good place for shopping is King Street downtown (near the Market).  Many of the high-end shops have stores their but there are quite a few locally owned shops that are pretty reasonable as well.

Charleston is a great city, and different from most American cities.  There is a sense of community pride normally found in small towns.  People are mostly friendly and it is easy to strike up a conversation. 

Battery defeat Wilmington with late goal

The Charleston Battery defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads is a vital American Division match and a Southern Derby Cup match 2-1.

Both teams started off fairly pensive with Wilmington have the better of possession in the first half but neither team had a serious strike on target.

In the second half things started off similarly to the first, and it was Wilmington that scored first from a corner kick.  The Ball sailed in to the box and was flicked on to Manny Guzman who headed home the ball in the 77 min.

The Battery then began to press and thee minutes later, found the back of the net to even up the score.  Brandon Massie scored his first goal of the season when a ball shot by Stephen Armstrong was deflected by Hammerhead's keeper, Kyle Polak.  Unfortuately for Polak it was deflected to Massie who was did a good job following up the shot and slotted it past the keeper.

The Game livened up from their and both teams seemed like they did not want to settle for the draw, but it was the Battery who was rewarded with the goal.  Colin Falvey sent a beautifully weighted ball into the box where Dane Kelly beat the keeper to flick into the net in the 90 minute of play to make it 2-1.

And the excitement didn't end there.  in time added on, Hammerhead defender Garth Evans was sent off for what we can only imagine was two straight yellows for dissent.  After Levi Coleman looked to beat his man and was one on one with the keeper,  he appeared to have been brought down in the box.  But the referee waved play on and Evans seemed to take grievance with Coleman who was still laying on the pitch after the foul.  As play continued Evans, seemed to argue with Coleman and out came yellows for both players.  Evans not seemingly happy continued to press the subject and began shoving and the referee quickly showed him a second yellow.  Still unhappy, Evans continued to argue and had to be escorted off the field to the locker room by his teammates. 

The final whistle came shortly after and with the win the Battery moved to Second place in the American Division and are first place in the Southern Derby Cup Standings, a three way, round-robin tournament by the fans of Wilmington, Charleston and Charlotte. 

Watch highlights from and all three goals at the link below
Highlights of Battery's win over Wilmington

Next up for the Battery is an away match against the Dayton Dutch Lions on July 23 followed by the International exhibition against Portsmouth FC on July 27 at Blackbaud Stadium

Up the Battery!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Battery win big, take on Wilmington in Southern Derby match Thursday

The Battery defeated the top team in the league, Orlando City FC, 1-0 on Saturday night in a late, wet match.

A two hour weather delay saw the game kickoff at 9:30 at night but most the crowd had given up by that point and gone home.  For those that stuck around, they saw the Battery win with an excellent header from Alex Caskey, his first goal of the season.  The goal came in the 65 minute from a cross from Mike Zaher.

The Battery defense was solid all night as well, Colin Falvey and Johnny Wilson were rocks in the center of defense and Andrew Dykstra made a couple key saves in the match as well.

A win was a great way to cap off a great day out at the 'Baud.  It all started with a massive Regiment tailgate where they hosted the The Ruckus and Iron City Firm from Orlando.

It was great to meet fans from around the country and the folks from Orlando are gracious and welcome back anytime.  We had a fantastic time regardless the weather and even though Orlando loss, and most of them went back having enjoyed their trip.

The Regiment also raise more than $400 dollars and filled the back of a small SUV up with clothes for the Pascoe Family.

But it doesn't stop there, The Regiment will be hosting the Frisbee toss at the match on Thursday night so get a couple Frisbees and try to win a free meal at Five Guys burgers and fries.  All the money raised will go toward the Pascoe Family fund.

the match holds double importance for the Battery.  First Wilmington is breathing down Charleston throat in the American Division table with only one point between the two clubs.  Secondly, the game doubles as a Southern Derby Cup match. Read Jim Gregory's excellent article about the Derby HERE

Charleston, Wilmington and Charlotte are even in the standings with three points after two matches each.  Charlotte actually has the lead based on goal differential.

Wilmington will be looking for revenge after the Battery defeated them during the nationally broadcasted Fox Soccer Channel match June 11 by 2-0.

Here are the remaining matches in the Southern Derby Cup

Wilmington @ Charleston 7-14
Charlotte @ Wilmington 7-23
Charlotte @ Charleston 8-12

Charleston looks like they will be without the services of J.C. Mack (foot)

Up the Battery

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Charleston take on Orlando

Saturday, the Charleston Battery will take on Orlando City FC in the first regular season match up. 

The Battery faced Orlando in a tight match during the US Open Cup but a defensive error gave the visiting team the 1-0 win.

Orlando is currently the top of USL Pro, where as Charleston is sitting in third place in the American Division.   With the American Division standings very tight, a win is vital for the Battery to keep ahead of a emerging Charlotte and Wilmington teams. 

The Battery look to have a full squad available with the exception of JC Mack (foot).  Defender Graham Dugoni returned to training this week after a long absence due to a back injury.  Former Battery midfielder Ian Fuller, now an assistant/player coach with Orlando, began training this week after nursing a injury but it is uncertain if he will play.   

The Battery may be able to take advantage of a tired Orlando squad.  They play a match Friday night against the Dayton Dutch Lions in Orlando.  They will then make the 6 to 7 hour trek up the I-95 to Charleston and play the Battery less than 24 hours later. 

The Regiment will also be hosting a large tailgate.  More than 50 fans from Orlando will be make the trip up to the match and we are having an eclectic menu:  hot dogs, spare ribs and a couple types of curry!  please come by and join us. 

The Regiment will also be collecting money and clothes for the Andrew Pascoe family.  Andrew is a big Battery and Regiment supporter who's house was loss to a fire on Wednesday morning.  Everyone in the family made it out safely but they lost everything in the fire.  

Please come by and put something in the jar at the tailgate.  If you can't make the tailgate, The Regiment will be raffling off an autographed Battery jersey and proceeds from the raffle will also go the Pascoe family.  Raffle tickets are $1 or 6 for $5 and will be available under the West Stands before the match and during half-time.

The Battery are also offering family four packs for the match.  $30 gets you four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks.  Contact the Battery for more details.

And if that's not enough for you, the annual Clash of the Carolinas will be taking place prior to the the Battery match.  The Clash of the Carolinas pits the top high school boys and girls from South Carolina against the top from North Carolina.  The girls match starts at 1:30pm and the boys match at 4:00pm. For rosters and more information check out the Clash of the Carolinas website .

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Battery and LA finish deadlocked

The Charleston Battery ended up drawing 0-0 with the LA Blues on Friday night in front of a crowd of about 3,500 in Blackbaud Stadium.

Charleston had the best of the chances with Dane Kelly header in tehe final minutes of the game forcing Blues keeper to make a tremendous reaction save.  The defense seemed to do its job with Battery goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra only having to make one save. 

The first half both teams came out cautious and from the opening whistle it looked like it was going to be 0-0 result.  The best part of the first half was heckling former Battery defender Nelson Akwari (we told him he looked shorter in a blue kit, the stripes must have made him look taller.)  it was all in good fun and he gave us all a little wave and a smile. 

The Battery seemed to turn up the heat in the second half with several chances, especially in the last 15 minutes of the match. 

And with the majority of the results going Charlestons way over the weekend, The Battery now finds itself in second position albeit with a couple games in hand against most teams in the American Division.

Battery's next match is Saturday July 9 at Blackbaud against League leading Orlando City FC.  It is important that Battery not drop any points, especially to inter-division opponents.

The Regiment will be hosting a big tailgate on Saturday.  On the menu is an assortment of curry; lamb, chicken and fish, along with several sides.  There will also be hot dogs and sausages for the unadventurous types.   The Regiment will be hosting a few dozen Orlando City fans and everyone is invited to come on over to the Tailgate near the East Stand Entrance.  We will be out there early as it is also the Clash of the Carolina double header before the Battery match.  Bring some beer or a side to share and if you can, go buy a few raffle tickets and win a Battery jersey from the Regiment table before the match or during half time!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Battery take on LA Blues Friday July 1

The Battery take on inaugural squad LA Blues on Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium.  Kick off is at 7:30pm.  You can watch the match live on

Charleston will look to rebound from a lackluster performance that saw them loose to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-0 last Saturday at home.   The loss comes after a great showing against Wilmington the night before away from home.  The 2-0 victory came from a great team performance and goals from Seedy Bah and Dane Kelly.

Whether the changes in the lineup for Saturday's game or the quick turn around on matches were to blame, Charleston will have to preform better if it wants to make it to the post season.

Friday night's match will be the first meeting between LA and Charleston, a meeting that wasn't supposed to happen this year.  LA was swapped in as opponents after Puerto Rico United was withdrawn from the league.

LA will be a tough team and the Battery defense will have to be at the top of their game.  Eleven different players have scored for the Blues with Argentinian, Walter Gaitan leading the charge with four goals.  He has been creating goals as well with three assist this season.  Their defense has a familiar face in former Battery player Nelson Akwari.  Nelly was a rock in the backline for the Battery in 2008 and 2009 before moving on to the Vancover Whitecaps in 2010.

Charleston looks to still be without the services of JC Mack who was in a walking cast last week and Graham Dugoni (Back). 

There will be fireworks immediately following the game on Friday night but there will be no organized tailgate for Friday's match but feel free to stop by and share a beer near the east stands entrance with a few of us.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Catching up with the Battery.

Been a busy week or so in No Quarters Headquarters (actually just had friends staying with us for a week but with two additional kids, it put a premium on computer time!) But a lot has gone on with the Battery. 

First a 2-0 win on the road against Wilmington.  Fabulous to see the boys play well and for both Seedy Bah and Dane Kelly to get the goals.  Watching the match at the Madra Rua was great as our group attracted the attention of several people watching the the Gamecocks in College World Series.

Sadly, Saturday's home match result was reversed.  The Pittsburgh Riverhounds came out early and got a goal in the first minutes of the game and the Battery looked like they were struggling to gel.  About the time they seemed to be getting it together, Pittsburgh had a blast of a shot from about 25 yards out to put the match out of reach for the home team.

Both Lamar Neagle and Tommy Heinemann started for their MLS clubs this past weekend and Heinemann opened up his scoring account with this goal for Columbus.  Former Battery player Omar Daley recently scored for his national side, Jamaica during the Gold Cup.  And Alonso continues to be a key member of the Seattle Sounders. 

Also, with the US Men's team in the Gold Cup recently and now the FIFA Women's World Cup just kicking off, it may be easy to forget about the US Under-17 team in the U-17 World Cup in Mexico.  What you might not know if that US defender, Joe Amon is from right here in the Charleston area.  Amon is from Summerville and played for Bridge FA in 2008 and 2009 and then with South Carolina United FC (which recently partnered with the Charleston Battery to become SC United Battery) in 2009 and 2010.  Amon was selected to attend the US U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida in 2010 and has started in all three group matches so far.  The US U-17 finished second in its group and will play Group E winner, Germany, on Thursday, June 30 at 4pm.  All the Us U-17 matches can be found on ESPN3. 

This week will see the Battery take on the LA Blues Friday night at 7:30pm EST at Blackbaud Stadium.  More on that tomorrow.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Busy weekend for the Battery

This weekend sees the Battery with two matches.  One away on Friday night and one at home on Saturday night.

Friday nights away match is against Wilmington Hammerheads.  This match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and there is a Watch Party hosted by the Regiment to watch the match at the Madra Rua in North Charleston.   The Game kicks off at 8pm but some of us will start congregating there around 7.  Come on down, support your local team and get some food and drinks at a pub that has been very supportive of Battery and for that matter all soccer fans!

Saturday, the Battery will be home against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.  It is Toy's for Tots night and if you bring a NEW and UNWRAPPED toy, you will receive FREE admission.  Also there will be a Teddy Bear toss at half time so bring out your stuff animal but try to wait til halftime to throw them (we know sometimes the refs can be tempting targets!)

The Regiment will also be firing up the grills around 5:30pm near the East Stand Entrance!  Come join the Battery Supporters Group for some grub (looks like Hot Dogs and whatever others bring) and a pre- match bevvie or two and support the Battery!

Also kicking off at 9pm that night the USA will play Mexico at the Rose Bowl in LA (hearing it is already sold out)  in the Championship match of the Gold Cup.  I know the Three Lions will have it on but if you are headed back downtown, check out O'Malley's on King Street or head over to Madra Rua in North Charleston. 

Finally, the Regiment have set a date for the Player Appreciation Picnic.  It will be August 14 so if you want to go and haven't renewed your Regiment membership for 2011 yet, there is still time.  More details about the picnic out in the next couple weeks.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Battery out of US Open Cup

The  Battery lost to Orlando City FC Tuesday night 1-0. 
Excellent post match review of the match by the Regiment's own Corbin Ensminger over at
It was a historic win by Orlando City, as they became the first non-MLS team to win at Blackbaud Stadium in US Open Cup play. The Battery have been playing Open Cup games in that stadium since 1999 and rarely lose. They are 18-5-3 (2-1 in PKs) in that stadium all-time in this tournament and will fail to reach the Third Round for the first time since 2005.

 The rest of the article can be found here

Hopefully we can get Corbin to do a few feature articles for No Quarter in the future.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Second Round US Open Cup vs...Orlando City FC

Charleston will take on high flying Orlando City FC in the second round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30pm.  The match will be played at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston have a long history of advancing to the later stages of the US Open Cup and you can bet this year is no different for the club.  Orlando City will be a stern test but one that Battery will feel up for.   It is rumored New Zealand international Cole Peverley was training last week and participated in an inter squad match.  Even if Cole isnt ready for the full 90 minutes, it will be good to have him on the bench as it looks like Diego Walsh will not be available as he has flown to Thailand to participate in a trial. 

Also questionable are JC Mack and Graham Dugoni.

Coach Anhauesuer will prove his 2010 USL-2 coach of the year status this week with player selection limited and at least three matches in five matches.  If the Battery advance past Orlando, they will face FC Dallas in the third round of the US Open Cup in Texas making it the fourth match in seven days.  Crazy for even the deepest of teams.

Orlando City will be coming in looking for the win.  The Battery defense will have to neutralize league leading scorer Max Griffin and watch the threat of Jamie Watson.  The Orlando City goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo, has a league high of seven shutouts and looks to be one of the USL Pro's top keepers, but he also has the league second highest save rate, something that could indicate a defense that could help him out more. 

The match will also herald the return of fan favorite Ian Fuller to the 'Baud.  Fuller is acting as player/assistant coach with Orlando City FC.

The Stadium will be configured only for West Stand seating once again.  We have also been told that the match will air live on 

Up the Battery!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Battery defeat Dayton, and other news

The Charleston Battery defeated the Dayton Dutch Lions with a second half goal from Levi Coleman.

It wasn't the prettiest game the Battery have played this season but they got the job done. The win keeps Charleston in the final playoff position in the American Division, only two points behind second place Richmond and six points behind Division and league leaders Orlando City.

Coleman's goal was started when Colin Falvey slotted the ball to Evan Taylor out wide.  Taylor crossed the ball across the face of goal to an open Coleman who neatly tucked it into an open net.  The goal was Coleman's second of the season.

You can see a complete write up of the match at Battery website or in the local paper

Also, Andrew Miller of the local Post and Courier had a good feature article on Diego Walsh on Friday.  Miller reported Walsh had signed a contract to the end of the season but is now reporting on his blog that Walsh is headed to Thailand for a trial.  Of course, their is no guarantee that Walsh will get picked up, all though we certainly wish him the best of luck.  In fact, we aren't even sure when the Thai season starts and their is a good chance he will be back (his fiancee is expecting their child in a couple months and her family lives in the Charleston area.) What we do know is that he headed overseas today and that he will not be available for the US Open Cup match against Orlando City on Tuesday night.

That match Tuesday will be the start of a grueling week for the Battery squad.  Orlando is riding high in the league and will be looking to knock Charleston out of the US Open Cup.   It will also be the return of Ian Fuller to the 'Baud.  Friday night, Charleston will travel to Wilmington to take on the Hammerheads.  The match will be featured live on Fox Soccer Channel and The Regiment is finalizing the details on a watch party for those interested.  Saturday night, the Battery will host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the third match in five day.  To make things even more interesting, if the Battery win Tuesday night, they will play Major League Soccer's FC Dallas on Tuesday June 28 in Dallas, the fourth game in seven days, with two being away.  Crazy for even the most fittest players.

The Battery also announced an international friendly against English championship side, Portsmouth FC on July 27 at Blackbaud Stadium.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday and start at $20.  Look for more details in the future from No Quarter but you can be sure this one will sell out, as did the Bolton match last season.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Battery roll onto second round of the US Open Cup

The Charleston Battery defeated Regals FC of Houston Texas in the first round of the US Open Cup.  With the win to advance to the second round where they take on Orlando City FC at Blackbaud Stadium on Tuesday June 21 at 7:30pm.

The Battery started a mix of first and second team players after ten day lay off from their last match.  The Battery dominated most the possession and shots on goal, 18 shots on goal with nine saves from the fabulous play of Regal FC goalkeeper, Marcus Sanchez.

The Battery created several chances but couldn't find the back of the net.  The score could have been easily 4 or 5 goals if not for hitting the woodwork several times as well.  But the boys keep knocking and eventually opened the door.

A somewhat controversial penalty call just after the start of the second half found Nicki Paterson stepping up to the spot to give the Battery a goal advantage and the confidence to go looking for more.

Dane Kelly found a second goal for the Battery after a nice build up of play and a creative back pass from Seedy Bah.

Sadly, J.C. Mack had to be carried off the field in the first half and was replaced by Diego Walsh.  Mack went down after a tough tackle and the physio was working on the top of his foot.  No official word yet on the extent of the injury.

For a complete match report go to the Battery match review HERE.

Hopefully the win will give the boys some confidence going into the match Friday night against a faltering Dayton Dutch Lions.  Nothing less than a win will do against a team that has given up 22 goals and only scored 8 in 9 matches.

The Battery will take on Orlando City FC on Tuesday, June 21.  Orlando is riding high right now in the league and defeated their first round opponents ASC Stars (another amateur team from Houston Texas) 4-0 in their Open cup match up yesterday.  It will be a return to Charleston of Ian Fuller and College of Charleston standout Justin Fojo.  Look for a tought match up as the Battery defense will have its work cut out for it.

Third round pairings should be announce later today.  The third round is when MLS teams begin their quest for the Open Cup.  check back for updates regularly.


Monday, June 13, 2011

More on Regal F.C.

The folks over at do a fabulous job keeping everyone up to date on the US Open Cup.   Complete with a history of the Open Cup dating back to 1914, Stats and a handy bracket for this years competition, I highly recommend heading to their site and checking it out.

They recently ran an article about the Battery's first round opponents, Regals F.C.  Here is a snippet from the article.

“This is our opportunity to show America what Houston soccer is all about, and this is my opportunity to show the Battery staff that I have what it takes to play professional soccer,” said Sanchez.
Hernandez added, “I feel very confident that we will do well. We are not traveling 18 hours to come back home without a win.”
The Battery’s league and tournament credentials of repeated success do not seem to intimidate Regals.
“We are not any more afraid of the Battery than we were of Puebla FC, FC Dallas or the New Orleans Jesters,” Landaverde said, referring to previous friendlies. “We feel that we can play with anybody. I have a lot of faith in this group and most importantly, they have a lot of faith in each other. Playing upper division teams is how we gauge our progress. This match is entirely different. This match has meaning.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

US Open Cup; Battery take on Regals FC

Tuesday night starts the US Open Cup for 2011 where the Charleston Battery take on Regal F.C., an amateur team out of Houston, Texas.    One of the oldest cup competitions in the world, it doesn't garner the attention it deserves from main stream media, but the potential for upsets and the underdog winning will keep most soccer fans interested.

Charleston has always taken the US Open Cup seriously, advancing to the finals in 2008 against DC United.  A equally fought match that with some controversial calls during the match that the Battery loss 2-1.   The Battery has been successful making it to the later stages of the knock out cup for many years.

This years first round opponent, Regal F.C. is a very organized amateur club out of Houston, Texas.  looking at their roster they seem to have a lot of Mexican and Central American players on the team.  We have been told that they have a hard work ethic and play and attractive style of soccer and they are excited to be playing in the fine facility the Battery have and against a professionally run club in a quality stadium..  With nothing to lose, we expect them to come out hard as making it to this point in the USOC is a big accomplishment for the team.

Charleston has been idle since the last minute 1-0 defeat in Harrisburg nearly 10 days ago.  The boys have had a few day of rest and recuperation but have been training hard.  A few of them said last week they didn't know exactly what to expect of Regal FC but that they take the US Open Cup serious and they want to win.

But who will take the field on Tuesday night?  On one hand,  time between competitive games gives the squad time to heal but it can also cause a squad to loss its edge and become "rusty".  This match could allow Auggie to stretch the legs of the starters and have them ready to go for Friday nights match up against Dayton.

On the other hand, on paper the Battery should win this even if they don't play there starters.  Most of the fringe players will be looking to impress and should put out a hard working performance trying to impress the Coach Anhaueser.

We at No Quarter believe we'll see something in the middle, a mix of starters and fringe players in the opening 45 minutes, followed by a few subs of fringe for starters and depending on score line, some of the starters to come off for a few other players.

As far as injuries, barring any mishaps at practice, Dugoni and Peverly are the only two that wont be available for the match.

The Baud will only be open  on the West side as typical for early round USOC matches, so E10 will be in W10 for the match.  Tickets are only $5 and season ticket holders get complementary tickets to this match which can be picked up at will call on game day or the office Monday or Tuesday.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Battery invades the North and US Open Cup pairings announced

The Battery are on their way to New York City to take on FC New York Friday night.  This is the second match up between the two team with FCNY defeating the Battery at home 1-0.  It was the first Battery defeat at the Baud since 2009.

Depth of the team is always important on back-to-back matches and the return of Andrew Dykstra will be welcome.  Dane Kelly will be unavailable for Friday night's match due to his red card against Harrisburg.  There will be no live video of the match but you can listen in at 1340am or via the web linked at

 The Battery will then head to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to take on the City Islanders.  The City Islanders will be looking for revenge after the Battery came back to win the recent match 2-1.

 The match will be aired live on 

Also the US Open Cup draw was announced.  The Battery will face Regals F.C. from Houston, Texas in the first round at Blackbaud Stadium on June 14.  Look for more about Regals F.C. here next week.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Harrisburg Battery recap via SC Soccer Blog

Our friends over at SC Soccer blog have a good recap of the Harrisburg match as well as a highlight clip of the Battery /Richmond match from Tuesday night.

SC Soccer Blog: Battery Rally Again to Defeat Harrisburg 2-1: "Last night in front of 3,715 spectators at Blackbaud Stadium, the Charleston Battery rallied once again to defeat the Harrisburg City Island..."

Some additional notes.

Coleman should be available for the road trip. He was training this past week. Dykstra may be available as well.

With the win on Saturday, we closed the gap between Division (and league) leaders Orlando City to 7 points. The three matches later this year between the two clubs are starting to have big implications.

Richmond stumbled again in New York drawing 2-2 with the expansion side, FCNY leaving the kickers without a victory in their last four matches and leaving them at 20 points and three points ahead of the Battery.

Antigua were idle and are one point ahead of the Battery with 18 points.

Harrisburg Battery recap via SC Soccer Blog

Our friends over at SC Soccer blog have a good recap of the Harrisburg match as well as a highlight clip of the Battery /Richmond match from Tuesday night.

SC Soccer Blog: Battery Rally Again to Defeat Harrisburg 2-1: "Last night in front of 3,715 spectators at Blackbaud Stadium, the Charleston Battery rallied once again to defeat the Harrisburg City Island..."

Some additional notes.

Coleman should be available for the road trip. He was training this past week. Dykstra may be available as well.

With the win on Saturday, we closed the gap between Division (and league) leaders Orlando City to 7 points. The three matches later this year between the two clubs are starting to have big implications.

Richmond stumbled again in New York drawing 2-2 with the expansion side, FCNY leaving the kickers without a victory in their last four matches and leaving them at 20 points and three points ahead of the Battery.

Antigua were idle and are one point ahead of the Battery with 18 points.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Battery take on Harrisburg

The Charleston Battery are back at the 'Baud this weekend and take on the Harrisburg City Islanders at Blackbaud Stadium at 7:30 on Saturday night.

The Battery will be looking another win after their come-from-behind victory over the Richmond Kickers on Tuesday night.  The Battery will have Wilson back from suspension and Levi Coleman should return from injury.

Can the Charleston continue to find the back of the net?  Battery fans would like to think so.   The boys should be riding high after the win and confidence should be restored amongst the young players.

Johnny Wilson returning to the line up will bolster the back line and Diego Walsh continues to improve in the middle the more time he spends with the team.

It will be the first match up between the two teams this year.  The Battery will make the trip to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 4.

The City Islanders haven't started the season like they would have liked.  Their first two home matches were postponed due to weather and they have only garnered one win in their five matches this season.  But the City Islanders should not be underestimated.  They drew a tightly contested match against Richmond and beat the Rochester Rhinos.

Saturday is also Champions League Finals day.  The Madra Rua is the place to watch Manchester United take on Barcelona.  The plan is to watch the final there,  then take the short drive over the Don Holt bridge to the Regiment tailgate before the Battery match.    Can't make it to Charleston?   You can still watch the Battery match live and free on

It is also Family Night at the 'Baud.  For $30, you can get four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks, a bargain for a night out with the family.  Got more than one kid?  You can add an additional person to the deal for $7.50 each.  Battery president Andrew Bell was making the rounds Friday morning, giving interviews at three local radio stations. Watch one of the interviews HERE.  We also saw an commercial for tonight's game on TV this morning.  Good work by the Battery Front Office to get that done.

Up the Battery

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

And We All Sighed With Huge Relief!

Five games after the Charleston Battery last scored, they found a way to net two to giving the team a 2-1 victory, handing the Richmond Kickers their first loss of the season.

The win puts the Battery in the fourth position in the American Division only six points behind league leaders Orlando City with 14 games left in the season.

Goals from Dane Kelly in the first half and John "J.D." Gruenewald in the dying minutes of the game gave The Battery their first goals and their first win in more than 500 minutes of play.

But the night started of terrible for the black and yellow.  Rookie defender Sean Flatley had a miscue heading the ball back to Keith Wiggins in the opening minute.  The result was a goal from Richmond forward, Mathew Delicate 23 seconds into the game.

Kelly speed gave the Kicker's back line trouble all night last night.  His pace took him past two Kicker defenders and one-on-one with the keeper.  His initial shot was blocked but fell fortuitously to Kelly and he slotted it into the the net in the 27 minute.

Gruenewald's goal came at the end of the match in the 86 minute.  He took a no look pass from Nicki Paterson and put the ball past Kicker's keeper Ronnie Pascale.

The Battery showed a lot of gumption and the team, Flatley especially, shook off the error and continued to go on and win the match 2-1.

Colin Falvey and Mike Zaher had exceptional games on defense.

Diego Walsh also showed he still has a great touch although it is understood at this time,  his contract is limited to weeks, not months.

"This really wasn't one of our better performances," said Gruenewald, in Andrew Miller's piece in the Post and Courier "But we really needed a win. ... We were just determined to get a win tonight. We talked before the game about ending one streak and starting another."

You can read a full the recap of the match at the Battery website 

According to Miller's blog, it looks like Coleman could be back for the weekend match and Dykstra should return next week sometime.

Wilson will also return as his suspension for the red card in Wilmington was only for one match, not three matches as was thought by some.

Cole Peverley didn't suffer a break in Wilmington as first feared but will sit for a couple weeks with a twisted ankle.

Look for the Battery to be back in action on Saturday night at 7:30pm EST.  The match is family night at the 'Baud.  You can purchase a family pack with 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for $30. If you can't make it the match will be on

Up the Battery!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Unseen Scurtiny of Soccer Referees

Dr. David Greier, team doctor for the Charleston Battery, has a good blog and he recently wrote an article about the referees.

The article highlights a lot of things I didn't know about the evaluation process and differences between MLS and USL Pro league officiating.  Here is a clip of the article;

There seems to be a common perception that the officiating in USL PRO is poor, but from my investigation into the evaluation process, it at least seems to be an area of focus, and one that potentially could improve significantly. There is one major difference in officiating between the MLS and USL PRO. Major League Soccer uses national or professional referees for all four positions – the referee, the two assistant referees, and the fourth official. USL PRO, the league in which the Battery plays, uses a national referee as the referee, but the assistant referees and fourth official are often locally based, as the league and teams often cannot afford the travel expenses for four officials for each game all season.

Read the entire article HERE


Monday, May 23, 2011

Richmond v. Charleston 5-24 (R)

Been busy outside of soccer and really don't have time for a in depth preview of the match before Tuesday nights match up between the Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers (Blackbaud Stadium, 7:30pm EST, watch live and free and ) but here are a few bullet points worth mentioning.

  • Five matches without a goal -  Battery have got to turn it around quick!  With nine games done and dusted, a third of the season is over.
  • Injures and suspensions - Dykstra, Dugoni, Kelly, Zaher, and Coleman didn't make the trip to Wilmington.  Peverley might be out, heard two other players had to be looked at after the match in Wilmington as well.  Not sure who is going to be healthy to take the field Tuesday night.
  • Wilson suspension - Johnny got a straight red on Saturday.  He'll miss the match against Richmond as well.
On the Positive note
  • Two for Tuesday!  Two tickets for $10 and $2 drafts all night long.  
  • Diego Walsh had a pretty good match and will be able to help cover.
Richmond are still riding high and are still undefeated after 7 matches with 19 points.  The Battery are fifth in the division with 11 points.

No official Regiment tailgate for this one but I'm sure their will be a few at the usual spot with a pre-match beverage or two before heading into the stadium.

Check the Battery's pre-match report here

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Battery revised schedule dates

With the departure of the three teams from Puerto Rico, USL is working at revising the schedule.  So far nothing official has come down but we understand that the schedule change should only effect the matches against the Puerto Rican teams and the remain Battery schedule will remain the same.

Tom Grady of the Wilmington StarNews has said in his blog that Wilmington three dates have tenatively been scheduled.

Most interesting is that it looks as if the Battery will return to Legion field on Friday June, 24.  The other item of note is that Wilmington is now playing the LA Blues on Saturday, July 2.

Charleston were scheduled to play Puerto Rico United on July 1, the date of the Fox Soccer Channel live broadcast.  Is it too much of a stretch to wonder since LA is coming to Wilmington they will play a match on Friday against Charleston?

USL has said they will have a complete revised schedule up by the end of this week.

Keep checking back at for updates.

Schedule Revisions announced by USL

USL announced the revision to the remainder of the 2011 USL PRO season today.

To replace the matches left in the schedule with the withdrawl of Puerto Rican teams from USL PRO, Charleston will now play additional matches against the Wilmington Hammerheads on June 24 and Aug 3 against the Orlando City Lions.  Charleston will also meet the LA Blues at home on July 1st.

According to the league announcement the Battery will not host in the live match on Fox Soccer Channel on July 1st, but will feature on FSC on June 24 at Legion Field in Wilmington.

Also, the International Division has been absolved with LA joining the National Division and Antigua joining the American Division creating two six team divisions.   The playoff format will certainly need to be reworked as well but at this time the details are unknown.

Overall it appears as if the Battery will benefit from lower travel cost and while not hosting the FSC match on July 1st, will still appear on FSC twice,  away at Legion Field on June 24 and Home against the Charlotte Eagles on Aug 12.

Veteran Midfielder Diego Walsh joins the Battery

The Charleston Battery have announced the signing of central midfielder Diego Walsh.

The Brazilian/American midfielder played for Wellington Phoenix last year in New Zealand and has played with Real Salt Lake, Kansas City Wizards, and the Columbus Crew in MLS.   He also had a very successful tenure with Miami FC inaugural year in 2006. Walsh spent 2006-2009 with Adelaide United.  But has been training with the Battery on and off for since March.

How Diego will contribute to an already talented midfield will be interesting to see develop and most will probably wonder why the Battery didn't sign an experienced striker instead. It could be that Auggie has thoughts of pushing either Armstrong or Paterson into a forward role.  Nicki seems to have a nose for goal and Armstrong could be a nuisance to defenders on his worse day. EDIT: We've notice that New Zealand is playing a friendly against Mexico in June in Denver, Colorado.  Cole Peverley could be considered for the match and Walsh could be brought in as coverage for the midfield.

Diego's girlfriend/fiancee, model Heston Schulz, is expecting a child this October. She has family here in the Charleston area.  It was thought that Walsh was merely training with the Battery to maintain fitness as rumor had it he was linked to a couple J-League teams in Japan.  The length of the contract was not disclosed.

No Quarter wish Diego and his family to the Battery!  Best wishes and may you score many goals!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Battery travel to Wilmington 5-21

The Charleston Battery will travel to the three and half hours north along the coast to take on the reformed Wilmington Hammerheads Saturday night at Legion Field.

This will mark the first competitive match up between the two clubs.  Both have met frequently over the years in preseason matches and there has been a good relationship between the two sides over the years with players being loaned between the two clubs.  In fact, Wilmington's coach Irving was a common fixture at Battery matches last season and at the Battery trials prior to the start of the 2011 season And Colin Falvey joined the Battery on loan (and later signed with the Battery) from Wilmington after the Hammer's 2009 campaign finished.

Charleston will be looking to break a four match scoring slump and win less streak.  The Battery offense has created 44 shots over the last four games but have been unable to find the back of then net.  No Quarter would be worried if the team wasn't creating chances but as some point, someone has to start putting it into the onion bag.

We are waiting on word on who is unavailable but one would have to think Dykstra is still a week or two away and Dugoni (back) is still questionable. 

No Quarters line up prediction:
Marples, Falvey, Wilson, Zaher
Paterson, Peverley, Jackson, Armstrong
Coleman, Kelly

I could see Auggie maybe shaking up the front line a bit perhaps with J.C. Mack possible replacing Kelly.

Wilmington on the other hand seem to be on fire right now.  Their last match saw them defeat FC New York 3-1 and they could leap frog the Battery in the standings with a win, even though they have played four less matches than the Battery.

The match will also be the second match in the 2011 Southern Derby Cup.  The first match up saw the Battery defeat the Charlotte Eagles 2-1.   The remaining Southern Derby dates will be Wilmington @ Charlotte on June 11, Wilmington @ Charleston July 14,  Charlotte @ Wilmington July 23, and Charlotte @ Charleston August 12. 

The Regiment and other Battery supporters will be taking a bus to the match to support the boys.  Tickets for the bus start at $25 and include the match ticket and bus ride.  More details if you want to get on the bus HERE.  Currently there looks to more than 40 supporters making their way up Highway 17.

The match will be shown live and free Saturday night on USLlive with kick off at 7:30pm EST.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

July 16...who will the Battery play?

Earlier this year, Andrew Bell and Coach Mike Anhaueser met with the Regiment to discuss the 2011 season and pointed out that Saturday, July 16 was open on the schedule.  The next sentence was that the Battery enjoyed the match with Bolton last season and we like to do something similar this season.  Without saying it directly, it looked like we could look forward to another great exhibition match at Blackbaud Stadium this summer.

Since then, there have been rumors floating around about various clubs that might fill the date.  The one that seems to have the most legs is Portsmouth as we mention in this article.  Since that was written, Portsmouth continue to talk about a trip to Orlando and Charleston, but neither USL Pro club has publicly announced anything.

As expected, the Battery are keeping pretty quite about it.

"We are still looking at several possibilities for a summer exhibition; we enjoyed hosting Bolton Wanderers last July and would love to do something similar again." said Andrew Bell when asked about the potential match.  "At the moment, there is nothing definite planned."

Between negotiating fees, making sure everything is taken care of  and the standard of not announcing anything until it is a signed contract, you can't blame them.

As of now six EPL teams have announces US summer tours.  Manchester United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion, with a good chance that other clubs will announce tours of the US soon.

So are any of those teams potential candidates?

Manchester United is out  too big and already have five cities on their schedule. 

Bolton already has a pretty full schedule as well.

Man City might be too big of a fish too and they are playing Vancouver on July 18 and said they will announce two other clubs later but the logistics with the date would be tough.

Newcastle have announce a date against Sporting KC on July 20 and the word is that they will also play Orlando in July so that could be a possibility.

Everton is another team that have announce two matches but have heard their name from more than one person about a possible match here in Charleston.  They currently have matches against DC United and Philadelphia scheduled for the last part of July.

West Brom look to be heading to the West Coast as well with a match scheduled against San Jose on July 17 so they are out.

There could be a few that havent been mentioned as well.  Stoke, recent runners up in the FA Cup, have mutual owners with Orlando City and it would seem very likely if they do a tour of the US, they will be in the South East.

So who would you like to see?  Are you happy with the English teams or would you like to see someone from Italy or Germany?

It looks good that the Battery will face an international opponent this season and whoever it is I'm sure the Baud will be full and a good time will be had by all!