The Charleston Battery Soccer Club is set to host the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club on Saturday afternoon at MUSC Health Stadium. The '03 and '07 boys teams from each club will square off in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 PM ('03) and 3:00 PM ('07). Saturday marks the first time CBSC will host another USL Championship youth club at MUSC Health Stadium.
"The fact that we are able to play these matches in a professional stadium in a big deal," said Youth Technical Director, Derek Broadley. "We've started to have our teams train on the main pitch and there's a different feel to those sessions. The aim is to replicate everything that takes place at the professional level, here, with our youth teams."
Director of Coaching, Dave Proctor, has headed the coordination and scheduling of matches against other USL academy clubs this season. The '03 and '07 boys traveled to Statesboro, Georgia in September to play Tormenta FC in their first away friendly. "The USL is very interested in the league we've been able to set up," said Proctor. "The other academy directors have been receptive to this games program and we are working to schedule home and away matches with those clubs heading into the Spring."
In addition to playing on the professional field, the matches will be live-streamed on CBSC's website. "It's an added pressure on the kids that are playing," said Broadely. "People are going to be watching these matches and it's crucial for us to see how the boys respond to that."
All of this is in preparation for the USL Academy Cup taking place in February of 2020. Those CBSC boys teams have friendly's scheduled against North Carolina FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies, taking place on October 26th and November 23rd-24th, respectively. For more information on CBSC's program and the USL Academy Cup, please visit https://www.chsbatterysc.com.