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March to the Match: at Charleston Battery


Charleston Battery, 7-2-2, 23 points, 1st place USL East


Louisville City’s 9th USL match of the season. I know, I can’t believe it, either.


Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr, Charleston, SC 29492


I know a couple of you are going down to the Holy City to see this game, but most of us probably aren’t making the 9 hour drive to Daniel Island. Louisville City is hosting a watch party at Great Flood Brewing on Bardstown Road, and you can always catch the game at Molly Malone’s, Against the Grain, Saints Pizza Pub, and the Outback Steakhouse in St. Matthews if you ask real nice. WBNA has the TV, W something or other has the radio, and YouTube has the internet stream.


Charleston is always a solid team, but this year they’ve exploded to the top of the table. We knew they’d be good, but you’re lying if you thought this squad was going to be leading the East at the 1/3 pole this season. A good chunk of their success lies in their ability to score a lot of goals – 21 in 11 games and a 17% conversion rate between shots on goal and goals scored. SO, SO JEALOUS RIGHT NOW.

The good news is they still give up about a goal per game, so chances may be had. They also aren’t real big on passing or possession. The Battery have played three more games than Louisville City, but have only completed two hundred more passes than our boys in purple. That sort of thing should play into LouCity’s hands. Or feet. Let’s say feet.

The Battery will nonetheless keep our defense busy, as they’re a counter-attacking team. Scoring is kind of a group effort with the Batts this season so far. Romario Williams has scored eight goals (SIGN HIM NOW) and leads the team in shots and shots on goal. Guessing we’re gonna want to defend him. Justin Portillo is the team’s leading assist man and chance creator, though Maikel Chang isn’t far behind him as the team’s main crosser.

City’s definitely got their work cut out for them in this one. Let’s see what they can do with their backs against the wall.