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.

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