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Four USL teams fall in second round of U.S. Open Cup

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On Tuesday, the second round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup paved the way for sevenamateur clubs to advance to the competition's third round, while one more will earn their spot on Thursday night.

The second round certainly was filled with drama, as five games were decided bypenalty kicks.

USL Pro Week 24: A Look Back

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By AARON CRANFORD

Only three playoff spots remain in the 2014 USL Pro season as the Charleston Battery claimed the fourth Saturday evening.

With their Saturday night 4-0 blowout over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the Battery secured their spot in the USL Pro playoffs. Dane Kelly scored a hat trick, which giveshim a total of 10 goals onthe season.

USL Pro Week 2: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Despite a slow start to the season, week two will feature a wider slate of teams in action.

Orlando City SC kick off their final home season in the USL Pro when they welcome the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Harrisburg City Islanders

Match Preview: Charleston Battery at Harrisburg City Islanders

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After a disappointing draw on Saturday, the City Islanders will look for a victory tonight at FNB Field against the Charleston Battery.

Game: Charleston Battery at Harrisburg City Islanders

Date: Monday, May 9th

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: FNB Field

Referees: REF: JAROSLAW WEREL, AR1: Terrence Mull, AR2: Brandon Smith, 4TH: Ryan Dos Reis

Streaming:

Harrisburg City Islanders (2-4-1) kick off against the Charleston Battery (2-2-3) at FNB Field on City Island in Harrisburg, PA on Monday at 7:00pm.

Harrisburg Report: Embarrassing result against Charleston

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An uninspired performance and Ethan White's disastrous Harrisburg debut made for a poor opening for Harrisburg's four game home stand in a 4-0 loss to the Charleston. PSP's Pat Glavin examines how Harrisburg tries to balance Union player development with remaining competitive.

Rochester Rhinos

Rochester 3-2 Charleston Battery: Rhinos on Top in Sahlen's Stadium Slugfest

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Kenardo Forbes had another strong performance and Steevan dos Santos was involved in two goals as Rochester came out on top in a five-goal game. Neither team's defense looked nearly as good at their reputations suggested.

Rochester Rhinos win by a goal at home. This is not a recording.

Bob Lilley summed up widespread expectations for this contest in his postgame comments to media: "Charleston will battle and games usually are physical and hotly contested; usually it's 0-0 or 1-0.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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A preview of what's to come in the Mexican Liguilla will take place on Friday.

Santos Laguna will host Chivas Guadalajara at the Estadio Corona, and while both sides have already qualified for the end-of-the-campaign tournament, only one point separates second place from fifth place on the Liga MX table.

FC Dallas

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/29/2016

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More links than your local butcher.

Union news

Castillo and Pfeffer Loaned - Burgundy Wave
This was as close to Union news as it got today. Ex-Philadelphia Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer was loaned out to USL's Charleston Battery.

USL news

USL Eastern Conference Power Rankings: Week 5 - Indomitable City Soccer
Bethlehem Steel FC cracks the top ten, while Harrisburg is not far behind.

USL Pro Week 4: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Orlando City SC is at it again.

Orlando City continued its unbeaten start in the USL Pro, defeating the Charleston Battery 1-0 on Saturday. The result also catapulted the Lions back into first place in the standings.

Adrian Heath's men were able to get the upper-hand this time after both sides played to a 1-1 draw during opening weekend at Blackbaud Stadium.

Brendan Burke

Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC draws Charleston Battery 0-0

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Well, it was going to happen eventually.

Bethlehem Steel FC looked to continue a good run of form against a staunch Charleston Battery on Sunday afternoon. With the Battery content to sit back and try to play counter-attacking ball, Bethlehem couldn't pick any of the locks and the game ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw.

Match Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC v Charleston Battery

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Steel FC look to build on the solid foundation of last week's match with hopes of another win against a USL mainstay.

Bethlehem Steel FC will look to build on a promising win last week against Richmond in a fixture against the Charleston Battery today at 3:00 PM. After an impressive team outing in what many people have decided was their best effort to date, Brendan Burke and his team will try and shock another USL mainstay when Atlanta United affiliate Charleston Battery visit Goodman Stadium.

Houston Dynamo

The Bull And Its Horns: Q&A With Toros' Midfielder Memo Rodriguez

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After being waived by Houston last week, Dynamo Homegrown product Jose "Memo" Rodriguez signed with the Toros. I was able to talk to him about his move to Rio Grande Valley.

Last week, Memo Rodriguez and Taylor Hunter were waived by the Houston Dynamo, then signed contracts with their USL hybrid affiliate RGVFC Toros immediately after.

Rangers Add Two More to Their Roster

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The Swope Park Rangers continue to build their roster ahead of their first season in the USL. Today the club announced two more players that have been signed for the upcoming 2016 season, defender Oumar Ballo and midfielder Ualefi Rodrigues dos Reis. The signings bring the Rangers total to 10 players currently under contract for 2016, one short of being able to field a full team.

The Bull And Its Horns: Running With The Bulls in 2016

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No longer covering the Charleston Battery was a tough pill to swallow, but the commitment to success in the Valley is making me excited for my 2016 with the Toros.

Around the holidays, it's easy to find yourself reflecting on the past year. During the 2015 season, I was given the opportunity to cover an absolutely top class organization, the one year Houston Dynamo USL affiliate, Charleston Battery.

Dynamo send two players to USL affiliate

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Houston Dynamo defender Oumar Ballo and midfielder Memo Rodriguez have joined the USL affiliate Charleston Battery on loan to begin the 2015 USL season.

The Battery are the USL affiliate of the Dynamo and opened the 2015 season with a 3-2 home win over Toronto FC II on Saturday. Rodriguez, an El Campo native, made his Battery debut in Saturday's 3-2 home win over Toronto FC II.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Be right back, buying a Vikingur Olafsvik jersey

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Some history, some America, some FIFA, and an update on #OurFriendClyde.

It may be the offseason and almost Christmas (or just Thursday, however you roll), but apparently soccer still does some things. So I'm here to tell you about some of those things, even though I'm nearing some sort of Christmas cookie-induced coma.

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and notes 1-18-16:l

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Happy Monday Union fans! Check out today's latest news below.

Top three picks of MLS draft feature two Georgetown Hoyas | The Washington Post:
The Philadelphia Union selected Josh Yaro second overall and fellow Hoyas defender Keegan Rosenberry third. It's always nice to have a familiar face when you embark on a new adventure and that's exactly what these two will have.

Carolina Challenge Cup will not be held in 2016

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Unable to get contracts signed by three MLS clubs, the Charleston Battery announced there will be no Carolina Challenge Cup in 2016.

A staple of preseason soccer since 2004, the Carolina Challenge Cup will be on, what is hopefully, only a one year hiatus in 2016. After being unable to secure deals with three MLS clubs, the Battery front office decided it was best to cancel the yearly event, rather than put out a less than average field.

D.C. United

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Do you have a moment to talk about Carli Lloyd

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I brought some pamphlets.

Sometimes I forget I have to do Freedom Kicks until it's 11 p.m. on Monday night and then I'm like "oh yeah, I did have something to do." It's possible that this explains a lot about my Freedom Kicks.

D.C. United's Top 20 in 20: Who Should (and Shouldn't) be on the List - Black And Red United
In case you missed this one yesterday.

Checking out Charleston: A D.C. United fan travels to the Carolina Challenge Cup

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A visit to a quiet architectural milestone in American soccer and home to where D.C. United spent the last days of the 2014 preseason.

When you drive along I-526 you could understandably miss it, and you could even confuse it for the Family Circle Tennis Center, which hosts the WTA Tournament event of the same name.

D.C. United 2014 Preseason Minutes Tracker and Depth Chart, version 5

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Heading into the final match of the preseason, here's where everybody in camp stands.

Five games in the bag, and we all have a pretty good idea what D.C. United's depth chart will look like going into the opener on March 8. But just to make sure we keep up with these things, here's where our minutes tracker stands after Wednesday night's draw against the Charleston Battery.

9 days until D.C. United: How important is Fabian Espindola to our playoff chances this year?

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The Argentine striker comes to us by way of some god-forsaken swamp in northern New Jersey, but we won't hold that against him.

In yesterday's gamethread for D.C. United's 1-1 preseason draw with the Charleston Battery, some hints began to show of a question that may have been festering in the recesses of D.

D.C. United 1-1 Charleston Battery - United concede late equalizer

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The reserves held their own, and the first team came in late to dominate right up until a stoppage time equalizer cost United two points on Wednesday night.

For 70 minutes, we watched D.C. United's second-choice players run even with the USL PRO's Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.

Richmond Kickers

Knighton Helps Kickers Get Road Point

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Revolution keeper Brad Knighton received plenty of work during his brief loan spell to the Richmond Kickers as he collected six saves to help steer them to a 1-1 draw to the Charleston Battery on Wednesday at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.

D.C. United look to loan four young players to the Richmond Kickers

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D.C. United looks to get young players more time by sending them to Richmond.

D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers are in the third, and possibly last, season of their affiliation, with USL set to kick off this weekend. League stalwarts Charleston Battery will take on newcomers TFC II, and the Richmond Kickers will play their first game the next weekend against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Richmond Kickers versus Harrisburg City Islanders: USL PRO playoffs streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers welcome the Harrisburg City Islanders to town in the semifinals of the USL PRO playoffs.

The Richmond Kickers welcome the Harrisburg City Islanders to town this evening, with the winner securing their spot in the USL PRO Championship game. The Kickers got here by beating their old rivals, the Charleston Battery, 2-1 after extra time last week.

Richmond Kickers versus Charleston Batter: USL PRO playoffs streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers start the USL PRO playoffs by taking on their old rival, the Charleston Battery

The USL PRO playoffs are here, and the Richmond Kickers have some work to do. After spending most of the year in second place, the Kickers fell to fourth in the waning moments of the season.

USL Pro Playoff Preview: First Round

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By AARON CRANFORD

With the USL Pro Playoffs set to kickoff, theOrlando Citybegin their quest for their sixth USL Pro trophy in four years.

The Lions lifted their third USL Pro Commissioner's Cup trophy after their 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night, but they will hope their record-breaking year continues into the postseason.

Richmond Kickers versus Charleston Battery: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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The Richmond Kickers play the Charleston Battery twice in three days; watch the second leg with us!

In one of the many quirks of the USL PRO schedule, the Richmond Kickers played the Charleston Battery this past Saturday and now play them against tonight; the former game was in RVA, whereas this game is down in South Carolina.

Richmond Kickers versus Charleston Battery: USL PRO streaming, prediction, lineups, and gamethread

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Two traditional rivals face off in Richmond.

The Richmond Kickers welcome their old rival, the Charleston Battery, to town this evening as the middle game of a three week homestand. The Battery are surprisingly bad this season, sitting in a four-way tie for last place. But don't let their record fool you; Kickers-Battery games are always contentious, and this one should be no different.

USL Pro Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Sitting at the bottom of the USL Pro table, the Charleston Battery have a busy weekend lined up with pivotal points on the line as they eye an exit from last place.

The Battery visit the Skyline Sports Complex on Friday when they play the Harrisburg City Islanders, which follows with a stop at Dayton Dutch Lions on Sunday.

Collin Martin with two assists in Richmond Kickers 2-2 draw with Charleston Battery

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Both D.C. United and their USL PRO affiliate drew 2-2: the Richmond Kickers did it against the Charleston Battery on the road.

The Richmond Kickers started their season last night against their old foe, the Charleston Battery. And while the team was often sloppy with their passes, and not yet on the same page throughout the team, they did score two goals to draw with the Battery 2-2.

MLS Week 4 Schedule and Open Thread

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For those of you who just can't get enough soccer, there are plenty of more MLS games this weekend.

You've already watched D.C. United versus the Chicago Fire. You've already watched the Richmond Kickers versus the Charleston Battery. And yet there is an empty hole in your heart, one that can only be filled by more soccer.

Richmond Kickers versus Charleston Battery: Streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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Once D.C. United is done, there is still more soccer to watch: the Richmond Kickers take on the Charleston Battery at 7:30 PM.

After the D.C. United game is over, soccer isn't over for the day. You can watch the Richmond Kickers and D.C. United loanees take on both United's and Richmond's fiercest USL PRO rival: the Charleston Battery.

Collin Martin and Alex Caskey seem set to be loaned to Richmond Kickers for this weekend's game against Charleston Battery

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Collin Martin and Alex Caskey will join D.C. United's other loanees for the Kickers' first game, which is this Saturday against the Charleston Battery in South Carolina.

As I said in the article about the four long-term loanees, other players would be loaned sporadically throughout the season so that they could get playing time and keep sharp.

Who is Winning the USL-Pro Preseason so far?

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The Rest

MLS loans Jeremy Ebobisse to Charleston Battery

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Jeremy Ebobisse won't learn of his first permanenthome until January's MLS Draft, but the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team forward has found a temporary landing spot to begin his professional career.

The Charleston Battery announced on Friday that the club has acquired Ebobisse on loan. The former Duke forward recently opted to forego his final two years of college to sign a professional contract with MLS, but is not eligible to play for an MLS team until he is selected in January's draft.

Major Link Soccer: Copa América and Gold Cup to merge

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Anybody care to say whether this is a good or bad thing?

MLS

Good news: A charity 5K Fun Run/Walk at RFK Stadium was canceled! That means DC United's match against the Revs this month was moved from a Wednesday to a Saturday, surely boosting the club's attendance figures into the stratosphere.

Rangers Sign Four Players

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The Swope Park Rangers continue to build their team towards the start of the 2016 USL season, their first in the league. Today the Rangers announced that they'd signed four more players to contracts for the upcoming season; forwards Dane Kelly and Kris Tyrpak, defender Johnny Grant, and goalkeeper Zac Lubin.

Pfeffer, Catic, Marquez and City Islanders shutout in Charleston

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The City Islanders lost their second straight game to Charleston Battery 2-0 on Saturday night.

Philadelphia Union defender Richie Marquez saw the ball what seemed like more than Dzenan Catic and Zach Pfeffer combined as the three Union loanees and the Harrisburg City Islanders dropped their second straight game to the Charleston Battery on Saturday night.