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The Charleston Battery coaching staff announced the team’s preseason match schedule following the release of the USL regular season schedule two weeks ago.
The preseason schedule includes nine matches, seven of which will be played at MUSC Health Stadium. All preseason matches against amateur opponents are free and open to the public. Carolina Challenge Cup highlights the preseason slate.
The 14th iteration of the MLS tournament begins on Saturday, February 17. The Battery opens the tournament against Minnesota United and follows up with Columbus Crew SC on February 21 and Atlanta United on February 24.
“Our preseason schedule has a good mix of teams from various levels,” said Battery Head Coach and General Manager Mike Anhaeuser. “Obviously, the Carolina Challenge Cup enhances it quite a bit with the MLS teams coming here, but the other games will help us prepare for the regular season before and after Challenge Cup.”
Prior to CCC, the Battery will play at the College of Charleston, as they have done in years past. Other college teams on the preseason schedule include Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina, and Georgia Southern.
The Battery hosts USL newcomers, North Carolina FC, in the preseason finale on March 10. NCFC announced it would be leaving NASL to join the USL in November of 2017, opening the door for a renewed rivalry between the Carolina clubs. The Battery and NCFC will meet for the first time in the regular season on Saturday, July 7 at WakeMed Soccer Park.
February 11 at College of Charleston (11:00 AM)
February 13 vs. Coastal Carolina (7:00 PM)
February 17 vs. Minnesota United (7:30 PM)
February 21 vs. Columbus Crew SC (5:00 PM)
February 24 vs. Atlanta United (7:30 PM)
February 28 vs. Georgia Southern (7:30 PM)
March 3 vs. TBD
March 7 at South Carolina (4:30 PM)
March 10 vs. NCFC (TBD)