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.

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