Charleston Battery

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Charleston Battery
Charleston Battery Logo.png
Full name Charleston Battery
Nickname(s) Battery
Founded 1993
Stadium Blackbaud Stadium
Charleston, South Carolina
Ground Capacity 5,113
Owner Tony Bakker
Head Coach Michael Anhaeuser
League USL
2014 Regular Season: 5th
Playoffs: Quarterfinals
Website Club home page
Current season

Charleston Battery is an American professional soccer club based in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1993, the team plays in the United Soccer League and, along with the Richmond Kickers, are the oldest continuously operating professional club in the United States.

Charleston is one of the more successful lower division soccer teams in the United States, having previously won the USISL Pro League in 1996, the USL A-League in 2003, and the final season of the USL Second Division in 2010.[1] In 2012, the team won the USL Pro Championship, winning its fourth title in club history.

The club has played its home games at the soccer-specific Blackbaud Stadium in the Daniel Island section of Charleston since 1999. The team's colors are black and yellow, with a traditional red scheme for away uniforms. Since 2005, their head coach and general manager has been Michael Anhaeuser.

History[edit]

The Battery were formed in 1993 as a member of the PDSL, and joined the A-League (later the USL First Division) in 1997. The Battery won the PDSL championship in 1996, defeating the Charlotte Eagles 3–2 and the A-League championship in 2003, defeating the Minnesota Thunder 3–0 to win the title.

In 2008, the Battery qualified for the U.S. Open Cup Final match for the first time, playing against Major League Soccer team D.C. United.[2] In the final the Battery conceded an early goal but bounced back with a quick-fire equalizer through an Ian Fuller goal, assisted by Chris Williams. Later in the half Lazo Alavanja hit the post but at half time the scores were tied at 1–1. At the start of the second half Charleston conceded early again, but in the final seconds of extra time Marco Reda put the ball in the back of the net for Charleston, only to have his goal controversially disallowed as offside. DC United would go on to win the match 2–1. Charleston remain the most recent non-MLS club to play in the Open Cup final.

The Battery started the 2009 USL-1 season impressively, recording 7 wins, 6 ties and not a single loss. Late in the season, the Battery lost goalkeeper and captain Dusty Hudock to injury, but were still able to make it to the USL-1 finals, losing to the Montreal Impact 4–2 on aggregate goals. After the USL split, the Battery voluntarily self-relegated to the USL-2.

In 2010, Charleston led the league standings for the entire season and went undefeated at home. The team finished with 38 points in a shortened schedule caused by the NASL breakaway earlier in the year that the Battery declined to join. Charleston defeated the Richmond Kickers 2–1 to claim the championship, the third in the history of the club. Lamar Neagle was named the USL-2 league MVP and lead the league in scoring with 13 league goals.[3] Battery manager Mike Anhaeuser was named the league's manager of the year, his second time receiving the honor.[3]

In 2012 the Battery won their fourth league title in club history, defeating local rivals Wilmington Hammerheads 1-0 in the final. Micheal Azira scored a 74th minute winner after Jose Cuevas slipped a pass to him on the left side of the penalty area.

On January 23, 2014, it was announced that the Battery had signed a one-year deal to become the USL Pro affiliate of Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[4] For the 2015 season, the Battery signed a one-year deal to affiliate with the Houston Dynamo on December 22, 2014. [5]

Colors and badge[edit]

Charleston's traditional colors are yellow, black and red. The club badge is a classic shield in yellow and black featuring a pair of crossed artillery cannons (alluding to the city's naval history and prominent role in the American Civil War and American Revolution) above a depiction of a traditional-style soccer ball.

Stadiums[edit]

The Battery played their first six seasons in downtown Charleston at Stoney Field, a facility they shared with various college and high school sports teams.

The club moved to Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island in 1999. The first privately funded soccer-specific stadium built in the United States, it seats 5,100 people.[6] Blackbaud Stadium is modeled on lower level English soccer grounds and features an on-site pub called The Three Lions behind the west stand.

Club culture[edit]

The Battery's official supporters' group is The Regiment, who stand in section E1 with other supporters' groups including the American Outlaws-affiliated Queen Anne's Revenge and the Spanish-speaking Charleston Barra Brava.

The Battery competes for the Coffee Pot Cup every time it faces their rival team DC United of Major League Soccer, a trophy established by the two sides' supporters and currently held by DC. The clubs have regularly faced each other in friendlies and cup competitions, with the 2008 US Open Cup final remaining the highest profile match between the two clubs to date. Charleston are also longtime league rivals of the Richmond Kickers, DC's minor league affiliate.

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of March 18, 2015.[7]

No. Position Player Nation
0 Goalkeeper Corby, KevinKevin Corby      United States
1 Goalkeeper Beebe, RobertRobert Beebe      United States
3 Defender Lasso, ForrestForrest Lasso      United States
4 Defender Mueller, TaylorTaylor Mueller      United States
5 Defender Ballo, OumarOumar Ballo (on loan from Houston Dynamo)     Mali
6 Defender Ferguson, ShawnShawn Ferguson      United States
7 Defender Woodbine, O'BrianO'Brian Woodbine      Jamaica
8 Midfielder Thuriere, SebastienSebastien Thuriere      Haiti
9 Forward Kelly, DaneDane Kelly      Jamaica
10 Forward Boyd, NavionNavion Boyd      Jamaica
11 Defender Griffith, QuintonQuinton Griffith      Antigua and Barbuda
12 Midfielder Chang, MaikelMaikel Chang      Cuba
14 Midfielder vanSchaik, JaradJarad vanSchaik (Captain)     United States
15 Defender Adjetey, EmmanuelEmmanuel Adjetey      Ghana
16 Forward Cordoves, HevielHeviel Cordoves      Cuba
17 Forward Garbanzo, RickyRicky Garbanzo      United States
18 Midfielder Rodriguez, MemoMemo Rodriguez (on loan from Houston Dynamo)     United States
19 Midfielder Marini, DanteDante Marini      United States
20 Midfielder Portillo, JustinJustin Portillo      United States
23 Goalkeeper Cooper, OdisnelOdisnel Cooper      Cuba
24 Midfielder Prince, ZachZach Prince      United States
26 Forward Savage, AustinAustin Savage      United States

Staff[edit]

  • England Tony Bakker - Chairman
  • England Andrew Bell – President/Broadcaster
  • United States Michael AnhaeuserHead Coach/General Manager
  • United States John Wilson - Assistant Coach
  • United States Dusty Hudock - Assistant Coach
  • United States Bobby Weisenberger – Head Athletic Trainer

Notable former players[edit]

This list includes those former players who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left.

Head coaches[edit]

Achievements[edit]

  • USL A-League
    • Champions (2): 1996*, 2003
    • Atlantic Division Champions (2): 1995*, 2000
    • Southeast Division Champions (2): 2002, 2003
  • US Open Cup
    • Runner Up (1): 2008
    • Semifinals (2): 1999, 2004
    • Quarterfinals (3): 2007, 2009, 2010

as co-champions^

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup Avg. Attendance
1993 2 USISL 5th, Atlantic Play-in Game Did not enter
1994 2 USISL 2nd, Atlantic Semifinals Did not enter
1995 2 USISL Pro League 1st, Atlantic Divisional Semifinals Did not qualify
1996 3 USISL Pro League 2nd, South Atlantic Champions Did not qualify 1,467
1997 2 USISL A-League 4th, Atlantic Division Finals Did not qualify 1,737
1998 2 USISL A-League 4th, Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals Did not qualify 1,896
1999 2 USL A-League 3rd, Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals Semifinals 3,542
2000 2 USL A-League 1st, Atlantic Conference Semifinals 2nd Round 3,485
2001 2 USL A-League 2nd, Central 1st Round 3rd Round 3,083
2002 2 USL A-League 1st, Southeast Conference Semifinals 3rd Round 3,320
2003 2 USL A-League 1st, Southeast Champions Did not qualify 3,969
2004 2 USL A-League 8th Eastern Did not qualify Semifinals 3,715
2005 2 USL First Division 9th Did not qualify 2nd Round 3,649
2006 2 USL First Division 3rd Semifinals 4th Round 3,628
2007 2 USL First Division 10th Did not qualify Quarterfinals 3,968
2008 2 USL First Division 5th 1st Round Runner Up 3,991
2009 2 USL First Division 4th 1st round Quarterfinals 3,534
2010 3 USL Second Division 1st Champions Quarterfinals 3,641
2011 3 USL Pro 4th, American Division Semifinals 2nd Round 3,568
2012 3 USL Pro 3rd Champions 3rd Round 3,947
2013 3 USL Pro 3rd Semifinals 4th Round 3,554
2014 3 USL Pro 5th Quarterfinals 3rd Round 3,770

Record vs. International and MLS teams[edit]

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Record: W:7–D:1–L:11
Carolina Challenge Cup Record: W:3–D:7–L:15
Exhibition Record: W:5–D:2–L:6

Date Competition Location Home Team Result Away Team
24 April 1993
Exhibition
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
2–0
Constant Spring F.C.
5 May 1993
Exhibition
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–1
FK-RAF, Latvia
2 April 1994
Exhibition
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0 - 0
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
24 April 1996
Exhibition
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1 - 2 a.e.t.
U.S.A. men's u-23's
17 June 1998
Exhibition
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–0
Tampa Bay Mutiny
4 August 1999
1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
4–3 a.e.t.
D.C. United
1 September 1999
1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Virginia Beach Sportsplex,
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Colorado Rapids
3–0
Charleston Battery
1 May 2000
Exhibition
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–2
Tampa Bay Mutiny
14 June 2000
2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–4
D.C. United
27 June 2001
2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
4–1
Metrostars
11 July 2001
2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Foxboro Stadium,
Foxborough, Massachusetts
New England Revolution
2–1
Charleston Battery
30 March 2002
Exhibition
Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
4 - 1
Dallas Burn
4 April 2002
Exhibition
Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–2
New England Revolution
17 July 2002
2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–1
Colorado Rapids
20 July 2002
Exhibition
Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
2 - 1
Puebla F.C.
23 March 2003
Exhibition
Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–1
D.C. United
20 March 2004
2004 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–2
D.C. United
24 March 2004
2004 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–3
Columbus Crew
17 July 2004
Exhibition
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
2–1
Sunderland A.F.C.
20 July 2004
2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–0
Metrostars
25 August 2004
2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Benedetti–Wehrli Stadium,
Naperville, Illinois
Chicago Fire
1–0
Charleston Battery
19 March 2005
2005 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–1
Columbus Crew
23 March 2005
2005 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
2–2
D.C. United
25 March 2005
2005 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–1
San Jose Earthquakes
18 March 2006
2006 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–1
Houston Dynamo
22 March 2006
2006 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–0
New York Red Bulls
25 March 2006
2006 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–1
D.C. United
2 August 2006
2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
3–5
FC Dallas
24 March 2007
2007 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–1
New York Red Bulls
28 March 2007
2007 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–1
Houston Dynamo
31 March 2007
2007 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–3
Toronto FC
10 July 2007
2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–0
Houston Dynamo
7 August 2007
2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–2
FC Dallas
15 March 2008
2008 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–1
New York Red Bulls
19 March 2008
2008 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–2
San Jose Earthquakes
22 March 2008
2008 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
2–0
Toronto FC
1 July 2008
2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
5–4
Houston Dynamo
8 July 2008
2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Pizza Hut Park,
Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas
1–3
Charleston Battery
3 September 2008
2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
RFK Stadium,
Washington, D.C.
D.C. United
2–1
Charleston Battery
7 March 2009
2009 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–2
Toronto FC
11 March 2009
2009 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–2
Real Salt Lake
14 March 2009
2009 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–2
D.C. United
30 June 2009
2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
3–1
Chivas USA
7 July 2009
2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–4
Houston Dynamo
13 March 2010
2010 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–0
Toronto FC
17 March 2010
2010 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1–3
Real Salt Lake
20 March 2010
2010 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–2
D.C. United
29 June 2010
2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Toyota Park,
Bridgeview, Illinois
Chicago Fire (penalties)
0–0 (0–3)
Charleston Battery
6 July 2010
2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Columbus Crew Stadium,
Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Crew
3–0
Charleston Battery
17 July 2010
Exhibition
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0–2
Bolton Wanderers
5 March 2011
2011 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1-2
DC United
9 March 2011
2011 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
2-1
Toronto FC
12 March 2011
2011 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0-0
Chicago Fire
27 July 2011
Exhibition
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0-0
Portsmouth F.C.
25 February 2012
2012 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
2-2
Columbus Crew
29 February 2012
2012 Carolina Challenge Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
1-3
DC United
29 May 2012
2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Blackbaud Stadium,
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Battery
0-3
New York Red Bulls

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". usl2.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.charleston.net/news/2008/aug/Charleston defeated the Richmond Kickers 2–1 to claim the championship, the third in the history of the club. 13/battery_stuffs_sounders50669/
  3. ^ a b "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". usl2.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps announce USL PRO affiliate agreement with Charleston Battery". Major League Soccer. January 23, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Battery, Dynamo sign 2015 deal". Charleston Battery. December 22, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.charlestonbattery.com/stadium_overview.asp
  7. ^ "Roster – Charleson Battery". Charleston Battery. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 

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