|Full name||Charleston Battery|
Charleston, South Carolina
|Head Coach||Michael Anhaeuser|
|2013||Regular Season: 3rd
|Website||Club home page|
Charleston Battery is an American professional soccer team based in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1993, the team plays in the USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American soccer pyramid.
Charleston is one of the more successful minor-league 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 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.
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.
The Battery began 2010 play in the USL Second Division on April 17, 2010 with a 3–2 win at rival Charlotte Eagles. Charleston led the league standings for the entire season, finished with 38 points. 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 leagues manager of the year, his second time receiving that honor.3 The Battery finished the 2010 season unbeaten at home.
In 2012, the Battery scrapped their way to the USL PRO Final, where they defeated Wilmington 1-0. Micheal Azira scored a 74th minute goal after Jose Cuevas slipped a pass to him on the left side of the penalty area.
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 of Charleston's part in the American Civil War and American Revolution) above a depiction of a traditional-style soccer ball.
- Stoney Field; Charleston, South Carolina (1993-1998)
- Blackbaud Stadium; Daniel Island, South Carolina (1999–present)
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.5 Blackbaud Stadium is modeled on lower level English soccer grounds and features an on-site pub called The Three Lions behind the west stand.
The Battery's official supporters' group is The Regiment, who stand in section E1. Other supporters' groups include Falvey's Army (named for team captain Colin Falvey) 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. DC United currently hold the Coffee Pot Cup. The 2008 US Open Cup final remains the highest profile match between the two clubs to date.
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Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of March 19, 2014.6
- Andrew Bell – President
- Michael Anhaeuser – Head Coach and General Manager
- Troy Lesesne - Assistant Coach
- Dusty Hudock - Assistant Coach
- Bobby Weisenberger – Head Trainer
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.
- See also: All-time Charleston Battery roster
- Tim Hankinson (1993–1994)
- Nuno Piteira (1995–1999)
- Alan Dicks (1999–2001)
- Chris Ramsey (2001–2004)
- Michael Anhaeuser (2004–present)
- 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
- Southern Derby
- Winner (4): 2003, 2005^, 2009, 2010, 2011
|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|
- Battery Park
- Carolina Challenge Cup
-  Battery stuffs Sounders, Charleston Post and Courier Article
- 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/
- "Vancouver Whitecaps announce USL PRO affiliate agreement with Charleston Battery". Major League Soccer. January 23, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Roster – Charleson Battery". Charleston Battery. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
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