The Charleston Battery take on Memphis 901 FC on Wednesday night at 7 PM at MUSC Health Stadium. The match, originally scheduled for July 13th, was postponed due to inclement weather. The following attempt to play the match was rescheduled when Hurricane Dorian forced a mandatory evacuation in the Charleston area. The Battery and 901 FC dropped points in 2-1 home losses to Loudoun United and Charlotte Independence, respectively. Both clubs will look to bounce back with big wins at the end of the season.
Arthur Bosua and Nicque Daley started up front against Loudoun and combined for the opening goal of the match six minutes into the match. Daley did well to control a cross in from Tah Brian Anunga before going to ground after holding off a Loudoun defender. Bosua jumped on the loose ball and tapped home his fourth goal of the season. Loudoun's Alioune Ndour stole the show, equalizing five minutes after Bosua's opener, and grabbed the match-winner in the 83rd minute.
Zeiko Lewis and A.J. Paterson will be available for selection after returning from international duty over the weekend. Lewis and Paterson add another dimension to the Battery's attack and could return to the starting lineup against Memphis. Paterson scored an important equalizer in the final moments against New York and has made ten starts in sixteen appearances this year, scoring two goals.
Jorge Herrera put Charlotte ahead, 1-0, against Memphis in the 39th minute. Herrera found himself in the right place at the right time after Niki Jackson forced a save from Brandon Miller with an acrobatic attempt. Brandon Allen converted a penalty in the 73rd minute but Jackson found the back of the net five minutes later to take three points for the Independence.
Memphis will be without key starters, Brandon Allen and Pierre Da Silva, after the duo picked up red cards against Charlotte. Allen is Memphis' leading goalscorer and Da Silva has started ten matches since joining the team in August. Elliott Collier is a likely replacement to Allen and Da Silva and has scored six goals this season and showcased his ability to score goals with a hat trick against Hartford earlier this year. Cam Lindley continues to impress for Memphis, leading the team in assists (7) and chances created (54), and will need to be at the top of his game if 901 FC want to claim three points.
Memphis haven't been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention but will need wins in their last two matches. They also need the Battery and Legion to lose their last two matches.
Playoff Watch - Things are tight around the playoff line; two points separate 9th place Saint Louis from 11th place Charleston. While the Battery enter Wednesday night's match on the outside looking in, they control their own destiny and can guarantee a spot in the postseason with wins against Memphis and Bethlehem. Saint Louis has one match remaining, and, IF they lose to North Carolina FC on Saturday, the Battery would only need one win in their last two matches to clinch a spot.
#9. Saint Louis FC: Maximum points 45; North Carolina FC (A)
#10. Birmingham Legion: Maximum points 46; New York Red Bulls II (H), Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (H)
#11. Charleston Battery: Maximum points 46; Memphis 901 FC (H), Bethlehem Steel FC (H)
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Charleston Battery: USL Championship Record, 9-10-13
Goals: Lewis (6)
Assists: Higashi (4)
Chances Created: Lewis (35)
Saves: Kuzminsky (85)
Clean Sheets: Kuzminsky (7)
Memphis 901 FC: USL Championship Record, 9-16-7
Goals: Allen (10)
Assists: Lindley (7)
Chances Created: Lindley (54)
Saves: Caldwell (80)
Clean Sheets: Caldwell (6)