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USL Week 19 Rewind: Reno rolls past Swope Park Rangers, Battery stumble, and more

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The Charleston Battery once again stumbled and all of the Eastern Conference challengers capitalized on the opportunity.

The Charlotte Independence, Louisville City FC, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Rochester Rhinos all made up ground on the waning Eastern leaders with big wins. The Eastern Conference's top six teams are now separated by just seven points heading into the final third of the season.

U.S. Open Cup Round 3: A Look Ahead

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The third round of the U.S. Open Cup kicked off on Tuesdaynight with Saint Louis FC being the first team to qualify for the fourth round by beating the Michigan Bucks 2-1. An early brace bySebastian Dalgaard was enough to see them through for a fourth round matchup with the Chicago Fire.

Wednesday'saction will see three amateur teams seek a chance at the fourth round with two of them hosting their games.

Rochester Stumbled through Toronto en route to Charleston

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The Rhinos did not excite many with a scoreless draw at Toronto last weekend and prepare for a defensive showdown with Charleston Battery on Saturday

This past Friday, the Rochester Rhinos traveled north to face Toronto FC II and the team brought a point back over the border with them. In their second game of the 2017 USL season, the Rhinos failed to generate the same attacking fervor they did against Bethlehem Steel FC that sparked excitement in the fanbase.

USL Look Ahead: Week 2

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After a very successful opening weekend for the new second division league, Week 2 seeks to deliver further entertainment for the USL.

Saturday opens the slate with several compelling matches to watch. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Cincinnati clash in a regional rivalry match after the former tied in a shootout in week one with the New York Red Bulls II, who themselves will face the Richmond Kickers.

Old Guard Shield highlights tradition in USL

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The Supporters Group-founded cup looks to remind everyone how they got here

Last Friday morning, you might have noticed a pretty interesting story develop. Headed up by the Steel Army out in Pittsburgh, the Old Guard Shield is an upcoming regular season tournament (think Cascadia Cup) between the Rochester Rhinos, Richmond Kickers, Harrisburg City Islanders, Charleston Battery and (obviously) the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Rochester 2-1 Charleston Battery: Rhinos Secure Important Road Win With Playoffs Looming

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Rochester Rhinos rookie midfielder Bakayoko Gaossou came off the bench in the second half and earned the team all three points down in Charleston.

The Rhinos drew their previous seven matches on the road heading into the game in Charleston. While the team has not lost on the road since June 11 at Toronto, Rochester hadn't won an away game since June 4 at struggling Montreal.

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.

USL

USL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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FC Cincinnati pulled off an improbable upset in the U.S. Open Cup midweek, defeating the Columbus Crew SC.

With a proposal for a new stadium, the Open Cup victory, and the massive crowds, Cincinnati should be on cloud nine. Their results in the league don't inspire the same way their off-the-field happenings do right now.

USL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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Didier Drogba is set to steal headlines this weekend in his debut for Phoenix Rising FC as they take on Vancouver Whitecaps 2.

While the 39 year-old Ivorian will steal some of the spotlight, the game of the weekend might be in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon. The fourth place New York Red Bulls II welcome third place Louisville City FC.

USL Rewind: San Antonio FC remains unbeaten, Battery top East, and more

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The busy USL weekend action washeadlined by both conference leaders remaining atop of their respective tables.With a goalless-draw against Seattle Sounders FC 2, San Antonio FC continues their unbeaten run nine games into the season to remainatop of the Western Conference table. In the East, Charleston Battery remained locked at the top of the table with their 2-0 victory over Saint Louis FC.

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.

Bethlehem Steel

Match recap: Charleston Battery best toothless Bethlehem Steel FC 1-0

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Romario Williams was charged up for this one

Sometimes you just don't convert your chances. Bethlehem Steel FC had a flurry of chances in the second half, but couldn't find their equalizer as the Charleston Battery continued their domination of the USL, picking up a win yesterday afternoon in the Valley.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Charleston Battery

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An early goal and a solid defensive effort saw Charleston Battery drop Bethlehem Steel on the road.

Match report: Charleston Battery 2-1 Bethlehem Steel

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Maurice Edu went the full 90 for Bethlehem, but it wasn't enough as Bethlehem's winless streak extended to 10 on Saturday.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Preview: Charleston Battery vs. Bethlehem Steel FC

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Bethlehem take a visit to the Eastern Conference's top dog this weekend.

Match: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Charleston Battery

Date: Saturday, May 6th (7:00pm)

Venue: MUSC Health Stadium (Charleston, S.C.)(Charleston

Refs: REF-Kevin Broadley AR1- Brian Marshall AR2- James Boswell 4TH- Mark Eyrich

Stream:

Steel All Time vs Battery (W-L-D): 0-1-1

What the Battery will look like: Well, Romario Williams has certainly been good hasn't he?

Match Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC battered by Charleston Battery

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Bethlehem's destiny is now firmly out of their own hands after suffering a defeat in Charleston

Bethlehem Steel FC dropped all three points in an underwhelming performance that saw the Charleston Battery take a first half lead and never look back.

The first half was a wide open affair, with both teams attacking end to end.

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.

Memo Rodriguez

The Bull & Its Horns: Memo’s Made It

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Memo Rodriguez was one of four players signed by the Dynamo, and he's earned it.

Over the past two soccer seasons, there was only one player I covered for the Charleston Battery, and the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. That player was Jose "Memo" Rodriguez. As I began my career here at Dynamo Theory, as the USL beat writer, the Homegrown signing was heading out on loan to the Charleston Battery, Houston's one year affiliate.

The Bull & Its Horns: Q&A with Memo Rodriguez

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In his second professional season, Memo Rodriguez exploded onto the scene in the USL for RGVFC.

After being loaned as a rookie last year to the Charleston Battery, where he was scarcely used, Jose "Memo" Rodriguez had a breakout season for the Toros in 2016. The former Houston Dynamo Homegrown product finished the regular season with 6 goals and 7 assists, and added another dime in the playoffs.

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.

Nicolas Lodeiro

What tactics to watch for in final phase of preseason

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There are just two games left in preseason. Wednesday the Sounders face Atlanta United at 4:30 PM and Saturday they take on the Columbus Crew at 1:30 PM.

Last Saturday, the Sounders ran out as close to a first team lineup as they have had this preseason against the Charleston Battery. While the game finished as a 1-1 draw, the Seattle Sounders deployed a very fluid 4-2-3-1 formation that focused on the talents of Nicolas Lodeiro.

Carolina Challenge Cup is Sounders final phase of preseason

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With the season rapidly approaching there are a final few games in Charleston, South Carolina to evaluate the roster. The Seattle Sounders will face the Charleston Battery, Atlanta United and Columbus Crew SC before returning to Starfire.

There are less than three weeks left in the Seattle Sounders preseason before the MLS season opens on March 4.

Carolina Challenge Cup

Seattle Sounders vs. Charleston Battery, Carolina Challenge Cup: Stats and quotes

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MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Charleston Battery 1

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Weather:58 degrees and clear

Referee: Ted Unkel

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Taylor Mueller (own goal) 31'

CHS - Kotaro Higashi 90'+2'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Jordy Delem (caution) 36'

SEA - Joevin Jones (caution) 40'

CHS - Vazquez (caution) 78'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - TylerMiller;DarriusBarnes (BrianNana-Sinkam 61'), ChadMarshall (JackMorris 75'), RomnTorres (TonyAlfaro 75'), JoevinJones (SamRogers 75'); JordyDelem (HenryWingo 61'), CristianRoldan, NicoLodeiro - captain, ClintDempsey (ZachMathers 61'), AlvaroFernandez (SeyiAdekoya 75'); JordanMorris (WillBruin 61')

Total shots: 8

Shots on goal: 3

Corner-kicks: 2

Offside: 0

Saves: 3

Charleston Battery First Half Lineup - Odisnel Cooper, Quinton Griffith, Taylor Mueller, Forrest Lasso, Obrian Woodbine, Maikel Chang, Atualla Guerra, Justin Dante Portillo, Marini, Ricardo Garbanzo, Heviel Cordoves

Charleston Battery Second Half Lineup - Alexander Tambakis, Thomas (Akeem Thomas 61'), Taylor Mueller, Wheeler, Mikey Ambrose, Maikel Chang, Dante Marini (Robbie Robinson 61'), Christopher Goslin, Anunga, Jonathan Okafor (Kotaro Higashi 75'), Vazquez

Total shots: 10

Shots on goal: 4

Corner-kicks: 6

Offside: 0

Saves: 3

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Head Coach Brian Schmetzer:

Forward Jordan Morris:

Osvaldo Alonso excited to be back in Charleston

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The honey badger played one season with Charleston Battery before coming to the Sounders.

The Sounders will take part in the Carolina Challenge Cup starting this Saturday, when they take on the Charleston Battery at 4:00 pm PT. This will be the final "tune up" before the Sounders head to Houston to take on the Dynamo on March 4.

Sounders to play in 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup

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The Sounders will join Charleston Battery, Columbus Crew and Atlanta United in the Carolina Challenge Cup.

We know the Seattle Sounders will spend at least some of their 2017 preseason in Tucson. We've now learned the team will also head East to take part in the 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup.

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.

New York Red Bulls

Rochester 1-0 Charlotte Independence: Rhinos Beat a Second Playoff-Bound Team on the Road

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Two weeks after beating the Battery in Charleston, the Rhinos traveled to North Carolina to beat the Independence 1-0 in Charlotte. Steevan dos Santos gave Rochester the lead from the spot and goalkeeper Tomas Gomez put on a show to earn the clean sheet.

It's been a bit of a roller coaster for the Rhinos in recent weeks.

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.

Houston Dynamo

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.

The Rest

Richmond Kickers’ struggle continues with 1-0 loss to Charleston Battery

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A controversial penalty call cost the Kickers' a point on the road

Richmond had a tough task ahead as they faced top of the table Charleston Battery on the road over the weekend. Still trying to find the solution to their goal-scoring problem, coach Leigh Cowlishaw started Anthony Grant up top for the Kickers.

Barnes, Delem main surprises in Sounders starting XI against Charleston

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Chad Marshall and Jordan Morris make first starts since returning from USMNT camp

The Seattle Sounders play their first Charleston Challenge Cup match today against hosts Charleston Battery, and the visitors' starting XI has just a handful of surprises. Former New England defender Darrius Barnes, on trial with the Sounders, gets the start at right-back, and youngster Jordy Delem starts alongside Cristian Roldan in central midfield.

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.

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

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Photo by John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.