Charleston Battery

Rochester Rhinos

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.

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.

Richmond Kickers

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.

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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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.

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.

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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Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Charleston Battery 1

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Weather:58 degrees and clear

Referee: Ted Unkel


SEA - Taylor Mueller (own goal) 31'

CHS - Kotaro Higashi 90'+2'


SEA - Jordy Delem (caution) 36'

SEA - Joevin Jones (caution) 40'

CHS - Vazquez (caution) 78'


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


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.

Bethlehem Steel FC

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.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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.

USL Pro Week 24: A Look Back

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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.

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.

Philadelphia Union

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.

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.

The Rest

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.

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.

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?


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.

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


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.

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.