The 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup will be played February 16 through 23 at Blackbaud Stadium. The 10th anniversary of the annual preseason tournament will feature the Chicago Fire, Vancouver Whitecaps, and the runners up to the 2012 MLS Cup, the Houston Dynamo and of course, The Charleston Battery.
Tickets are now on sale and more details can be found at the Battery's website www.charlestonbattery.com
The Regiment is looking forward to hosting its usual tailgates and depending on demand, a return of the annual supporters pub crawl.
In other news around USL Pro. look for two new teams joining in 2013. First off is the Phoenix Wolves FC. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, they will be a much needed addition to the West Coast.
Also coming in will be The Tampa Bay Flames based in Tampa Bay, Florida. This looks to be an instant rival with the Orlando City Lions. They have lofty goals and plan on constructing a new temporary stadium for the 2013 season.
Also entering the league in 2014 is Sacramento with an experienced ownership group and a home stadium already, they will be holding a "Name the team" contest
Look for more updates on the players and Battery news over the next couple weeks.