Here is your Open Thread for today's Carolina Challenge Cup match between Orlando City SC and former USL rival Charleston Battery. The match may not be quite as nervy for the Lions as the New York City FC clash last Saturday, but the Battery will surely be motivated to knock off their newly promoted former rival.
Orlando is coming off a 1-1 tie in the first match of the CCC against New York, in which the Lions controlled much of the possession but looked shaky defensively on occasion. On the other hand, the Battery earned a victory over an uninspired Houston Dynamo side in their opening match.
A victory against Charleston would put City in an excellent position to win the cup, heading into the final match against the Dynamo on Saturday.
Orlando City (4-2-3-1):
Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts
Defense: Brek Shea, Seb Hines, Aurelien Collin, Rafael Ramos
Defensive Midfield: Amobi Okugo, Darwin Cerén
Attacking Midfield: Lewis Neal, Kaká, Kevin Molino
Forward: Bryan Rochez
Charleston Battery (4-4-1-1):
Goalkeeper: Odisnel Cooper
Defense: O'Brian Woodbine, Shawn Ferguson, Taylor Mueller, Qunton Griffith
Defensive Midfielder: Jarad van Schaik, Justin Portillo
Left Midfield: Zach Prince
Right Midfield: Navion Boyd
Attacking Midfield: Dante Marini
Center Forward: Dane Kelly
How to Watch:
Match time: (approx.) 6 p.m. (ET) -- just after the NYCFC-Houston match ends. This was moved up due to weather concerns.
Venue: Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, SC
Streaming: Watch the match here on the Charleston Battery's YouTube channel, or just click play below!
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