Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Battery News Roundup

This week saw the Battery defeat the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, find out their US Open Cup opponents, saw a couple players make the USL Pro team of the week, and played a match against the Myrtle Beach Mutiny.

Nicki Paterson scored the only goal to give the Battery the 1-0 win over the Riverhounds.  You can read the match review in our post Battery take down Riverhounds.

Also, head over to our friends at The Beautiful Game to read their post match review.

US Soccer also announce the first two round pairings for the 2012 US Open Cup.  The Battery have a by in the first round and will enter in the second round taking on the winner from Reading United AC (PDL) v. NY Greek Americans (USASA).  The match will be played at Blackbaud stadium on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30pm.

Kudos to Nicki Paterson and Andrew Dykstra for being chosen for the USL Pro team of the week.  Nicki's header and great play and Dykstra's vital saves and keeping a clean sheet were the key to their selection.  John Wilson and Sallieu Bundu were also given honorable mentions.

Photo by Kim Gregory
Sunday, the Battery took on the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, a new NPSL team coached by Patrick Olalere.  Unfortunately, we couldn't make it out to the match but we do know the Battery won 4-0 and JC Mack scored an incredible goal from about 30 yards out. One of the Regiment's own was out there and she shared her photos of the match HERE.

The Battery take on Antigua Barracuda this Friday night for the first time in the Battery's history.   The Barracuda's are virtually the Antigua National team, the same ones that will take on the US Men's National Team June 8 in Tampa, Florida in World Cup Qualifying.

Antigua will play the Wilmington Hammerheads on Wednesday before traveling to Charleston to take on the Battery.  Following the Battery match, Antigua will travel to Trinidad to compete in the qualifing rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League.  It will be interesting to see how their squad approaches the travel and the compact schedule of matches.

Up the Battery


kg said...

Nice shots from the MBFC game. I hope these teams can do this every year and I obviously expect the next friendly will be a little closer.

On a Battery related note, the right back for the Mutiny was Jamal Geathers, who I think trialed with Charleston a few years ago

Mikey said...

jamal was was here in Feb. at the invite only trials. I wish I could have gotten out there this Sunday but glad Kim did go. she has been taken photos of the Battery of the Battery for a couple years and is kind enough to share them with us!