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