MATCH DAY INFO
Ottawa Fury FC Charleston Battery
Kickoff: Wednesday, June 26 – 7:00 p.m. – TD Place
Not long after a splendid showing in Nashville on Saturday, pushing its unbeaten streak to nine straight, Ottawa Fury FC will look to continue on its stride and secure more point against a tough, but familiar opponent in Charleston Battery (Wednesday, 7 p.m., OttawaFuryFC.com). Fury FC has yet to beat Charleston, and this mid-week matchup at TD Place could be the ideal time to do so for the Ottawa lads.
SCOUTING THE CHARLESTON BATTERY
The Charleston Battery reached the USL Cup Playoffs for the eighth consecutive season in 2018, continuing their streak as the lone club to reach the postseason in every year of the league’s history, but for a second consecutive year they were eliminated at home in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by the New York Red Bulls II. That defeat completed a disappointing end of the regular season that saw Charleston win only three times in its final 13 games to finish fourth in the East after a start that looked promising to add a second USL Cup to its trophy case.
Despite that late-season downturn, however, the Battery should be considered a solid playoff contender again this season. The side returns All-League First Team midfielder Tah Anunga – who broke out as one of the best two-way midfielders in the league – and stalwart center back Taylor Mueller. Goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky also returns after taking the No. 1 spot from Odisnel Cooper a season ago. (via USL Championship)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“We have to focus on ourselves. We know the strengths and weaknesses of Charleston however we have to focus on being able to perform in a good way and be able to capitalize on the chances that we are creating.”
“I believe we’re going to have a lot of the possession in this game, but we have to be able to create chances to score goals with this possession. It’s going to be a difficult game against a tough team who’s very physical and plays a lot of direct football.”
Midfielder Thiago De Freitas
Forward Christiano François
“We’re looking forward to tomorrow (Wednesday). It’s going to be a tough game. We’re in a good place right now, and we’re all coming together to help each other, on and off the field. It’s not going to be an easy game! Charleston is a difficult team to play. Defensively they are really good.”
“I think we’ll give our best tomorrow to win, hopefully. That’s what we’re looking forward to.”