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 .