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!

Monday, May 16, 2011

FC New York post match.

A busy weekend for No Quarter outside of soccer this weekend. so Im going to bring you the match review from SC Soccer's site. Overall, I think the boys will tell you they wont feel like that match was their best and that finding the back of the net will have to start soon. But don't count them out, they have the personnel. They have the talent. They just need the regain the confidence that is so fragile with young strikers.

Can we bring in someone on loan? Sigi Schmid (Seattle) or Robert Warzycha (Columbus), please pick up the courtesy phone!

check out SC Soccer's article below.

SC Soccer Blog: Battery's Scorless Streak Stretches to 405 Minutes...: "Last night, the Battery faced the expansion FC New York in front of 3,328. Up to that point New York had earned two points in 4 matches, had..."

Friday, May 13, 2011

Battery take on FC New York

Friday night the Charleston Battery will take on rookie club FC New York in the first match up between the two sides.

FC New York started out in 2010 but didn't begin competition until the 2011 USL PRO season.  Currently without a win in four games (0-2-2), FCNY will be looking for its first win at Blackbaud Stadium.

Charleston will be looking to spoil their fun as Charleston also looks to get the win.  With the realignment of teams since the withdrawal of the three Puerto Rican teams last week, Antigua Barracudas joined the American league and found itself in tied for first place in the standings with 18 points although they have played two more matches the Richmond Kickers, also at 18 points.  Charleston finds itself in fourth spot with 11 points.   A win Friday could leap frog the club over Orlando City who have 13 points.

Charleston will likely start a strong line-up, especially since this is their sole match of the weekend.  FCNY will get its first taste of back-to-back matches this season, as they travel to take on the Hammerheads in Wilmington on Saturday night.  

the Battery press release is reporting that neither Dykstra (foot) or Dugoni (back) will be available for the match tonight although Dykstra has had his walking cast removed and is running.  It was also reported in Andrew Miller's blog in the Post and Courier that Dane Kelly would not be available tonight due to a thigh injury.

with that in mind, here is No Quarter's prediction to the line up:

Marples, Falvey, Wilson, Zaher
Paterson, Peverley, Jackson, Armstrong
Coleman, Bah 

There is no Regiment tailgate planned prior to the match but there will be several members gathering in the parking lot near the East Stand Entrance for a pre-match beverage or two.

For those that can't attend the match, it will be available live (and free) on  Kickoff at 7:30pm EST

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

And like that...there were only 12

Many questioned the inclusion of the "International Division" into USLPro this season.  And with good cause,  As of today the three teams from Puerto Rico are no longer part of USLPro.

After several issues with each team, USL has announced that it has formally removed Puerto Rico United, Sevilla FC Puerto Rico and River Plate Puerto Rico from the remaining USLPro schedule.

After serious economic difficulties and medical issuses involving two of the three team owners, the teams were unable to meet league standards and obligations.   Details of the issues can be found over at IMSoccer News in the great series by Jay Long.

All past matches against will continue to count toward league standings and future games will be rescheduled amongst the remaining 12 teams.  Those details are expected later this week.

In the press release from USL, CEO Alec Papadakis said,  "In the best interest of USL PRO and its teams, it was necessary to remove the three PRSL (Puerto Rico Soccer League) teams."  He continued,  "USL Pro has established high standards which are an integral component of the league model, and we are determined to preserve the integrity of these standards on and off the field."

The omission of the Puerto Rico team will have Charleston schedule three new matches to their calendar.    The June 9 and Jun 11 away matches against Sevilla FC and Puerto Rico United and the home match on July 1st against Puerto Rico United.   The July 1st match is to be aired live on Fox Soccer Channel.

As soon as we hear more we will pass it along.

Monday, May 9, 2011

We've had Better Weekends

After a disappointing weekend and only picking up one point out of six, the Battery return to Charleston and will be looking for a way to find the back of the net.

Friday night's match against Pittsburgh ended in a 0-0 draw.  The cold and wet night saw Jamaican midfielder Evan Taylor getting a straight red in the 53 minute of play.  Charleston still out shot the host 12 shots to Pittsburgh's seven.

The Battery created several chances and took a point from the match.

Coach Anhaueser made several change to the line up in the Rochester match on Saturday nights, typical of back to back games.  The Battery started out very cautious against Rochester.  The Rhinos had several good chances coming down the flanks and were rewarded for their efforts in the 24 minute as Rochester midfielder Tony Donatelli took a shot from outside the box which hit off the goal post and then rebounded into the net off the back of Battery keeper, Keith Wiggins.

The second half saw the Battery looking much more dangerous but were unable to find the equalizing goal.

The lack of goals is concerning but it isn't as if the Battery aren't creating chances.  That would be far more concerning.  Playing back to back matches is never easy and getting points on the road isn't easy in this league, but Charleston loss puts it in third place in the American Division. The Battery will want to turn it around this Friday night at home against FC New York to keep pace with the Richmond Kickers, who will face a tough road schedule the end of May and first part of June. 

Friday night's match will see the Battery hosting newly formed FC New York for the first time this season.  FCNY are currently 0-2-2 and looking for their first win.  The match will be available live on for those unable to make it to the stadium. 

There will not be a tailgate for Friday's match but I'm sure there will be a few Regiment members in the parking lot near the East Stand Entrance having a pre-match beverage.  Feel free to join us in E10 and help support the Battery. 

Up the Battery!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

On the road again....

The Battery takes to the road again for two more matches this weekend.   Heading to Pittsburgh Friday night to take on the Riverhounds once again and then onto Rochester to take on the Rhinos Saturday night at their home opener.

The boys will head into to Friday feeling like can win the match.  Basically a rematch of the Saturday night, the Battery dominated larger portions of the match and put 17 shots on the stat sheet.  Also adding to their confidence is the fact that Stephen Armstrong should be ready for selection.

Saturday's match is the first meeting between Rochester in Charleston since 2009.  Rochester retained some key players from last year but have been somewhat snake bitten this year winning just one of their first three matches.  Additionally, they have had one match postpone one day (Wilmington) and one cancelled and moved to May 19 (Harrisburg City).  And if they are they least bit superstitious, they won't take comfort knowing that they haven't won a home opener in five season.

On the positive for Rochester, local beat writer, Jeff DiVeronica is reporting that the club has sold more than 5,000 tickets for Saturdays opener. 

Auggie will likely play similar squads as to last week, with the addition of Armstrong and liberal use of substitutes. The Battery will be looking to get some points out of the weekend to at least keep within distance of the Richmond Kickers, who are now 5-0-0 on the season and number one in the National Division.

Friday's match will not be on USLlive but you will be able to listen to the match via 1340am locally and from the link of Charleston Battery website, kick off is at 7:00pm EST.

Saturday's match will be available on USLlive starting at 7:00pm EST.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Charleston to play Portsmouth?

A recent online article in a Portsmouth newspaper Pompey boss Steve Cotterill seems to suggest a pre-season tour of the US with a week-long stop and a match in Charleston and a week in Orlando.

"If it all comes together, we could be based in Orlando and Charleston, a week in each, which would be really good," said Cotterill in the article.  "Hopefully, there will be three games sorted out – one in Charleston, two in Orlando."

Portsmouth are currently sitting in 16th position in the English League Championship (Division 2) table after being relegated from the EPL last season almost certainly a direct result of being docked nine points for financial issues.  The club nearly went into liquidation in October of 2010 but was saved by a last minute deal.

John Portsmouth Football Club Westwood
Charleston currently has the weekend of July 16 free of any match games and club president, Andrew Bell said in an interview on this blog in October that they were interested in bringing over another English team during the summer.

But as of now the Battery are keeping quite.

"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."

Portsmouth typically brings good traveling support, including the famous John Portsmouth Football Club Westwood.  Westwood, who legally changed his name in 1989, can be recognized by his large stove pipe hat, blue curly wig, more than 60 Portsmouth tattoos and by the sound of his bells at Portsmouth matches around the world.

Pompey are rebuilding since their relegation and financial woes and have a very storied history and strong support.   While not as high profiled as Chelsea or Manchester United, it certainly is a club that would be a good match for the Battery.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Banner

Remember the "Creating Flags and Banners" article a couple months back?  Well since then we have purchased an old school overhead projector from eBay, created a few designs ideas in Photoshop, had those ideas printed out and finished up a new banner.

We started with four yards of 50/50 material (50% cotton, 50% polyester) bought from a local fabric store.  The width of the fabric is about 44 inch wide but we wanted something wider.  Not being a seamstress, we used an iron-on adhesive strip called Heat n Bond to join the two pieces together making a rough square about 72" high by 88" wide.   It was pretty easy and quick to iron the two piece together.

The fabric was then hung onto a wall with some duct tape and the overhead projector positioned to give us the size we wanted.  As we used a black fabric for the background, we used a silver sharpie to make the outlines.  This process went fairly quickly.

After the outlining process was completed, we took the banner outside and laid it flat on top of a scrap of cardboard, many to protect the driveway from any paint that seeped through during the next step.

Then we started the painting process.  We used 1/2 inch foam brushes to apply the white latex exterior paint.  Working from left to right, top to bottom to minimize drips, putting an arm in a freshly painted area, and knocking over a paint can, it was fairly straight forward.  With two people working one cut-in the outline, while the other covered the larger areas.  Some of the corners of the letters we a bit tricky with the 1/2 inch brush but we found that a white paint pen did a nice job of giving the sharp edges and cleaned up some of the line edges nicely.

He is a cost and time break down.

  • material - $9.00
  • Heat n Bond - $2.50 but only used about a quarter of the roll.
  • Paint - $6.50 for a quart of white exterior paint and used maybe a 1/2 inch out of the can
  • Brushes - $.50 ea we used 4 
  • joining material - 10 minutes
  • outlining design - 10 minutes
  • painting - about two man hours, but the cutting in the the letters was time consuming
So in about 2 hours and for a cost of about $14.00 we have a new banner, Defend the 'Baud!  We still want to hem the edge of the banner and add grommets to the the corners and center of the top and bottom but we feel it came out nicely.

Look for more projects coming soon.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Charleston draw at home

Dane Kelly the Jamaican Terror!
After a come from behind win Friday night against the Charlotte Eagles, Charleston failed to find the net in front of the home crowd of 4079 Saturday night drawing 0-0 with  the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Both teams were coming off a Friday night match (Pittsburgh was defeated by Wilmington 3-1) but the match looked lively enough.  Charleston had 17 shots on goal.

You can catch the match summaries at either the Battery website and Charleston's Post and Courier newspaper.  You can also see some match photos from the paper here

Coach Anhaeuser rested a few regular starters and gave both J.C. Mack and Jon "J.D" Gruenewald starts in the midfield along.  Both seemed to find space on the wings and both did a good job with crosses.  Mack seemed to be a little eager, taking shots from 30-35 yards out but overall we feel they both did a fine job.

Coleman did well too but should have converted at least one chance he had.

"I just think everyone got a little over-excited, I know I did.  The ball popped up on my ankle and went straight instead of the bend I was looking for." Coleman said in the Post and Courier article.  

Everyone is waiting for the archive on USLlive to see a replay of the questionable offside call on Coleman in the 37 minute.  From E10, he looked onside.

It ended up 0-0 after the 90 minutes and the Riverhounds should be ecstatic they got a point out of the match.

The Battery also did a fine job with the field and all the things going on off the field for the Susan G. Komen fund. More than $10,000 was raised for the charity at the match.  The pink jerseys were auctioned off after the match and many ladies were happy as the players took off their jerseys to hand to the winning bid!

The boys face another back to back series this upcoming weekend, this time both matches are away.  Charleston take on Pittsburgh Friday night and then travel to Rochester to take on the Rhinos.

Armstrong should be ready to start this weekend and his experience on the field will help on the road.

Dykstra looks to be out for a couple more weeks.  We wouldn't be surprised to see some coverage brought in for Wiggins in goal.