CHARLESTON, SC June 26, 2014 – The Charleston Battery faces the Richmond Kickers on Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium; gates open at 6:00 PM with kick off set for 7:30 PM ($10 – $18, 971-GOAL (4625) / www.charlestonbattery.com). The Battery enters the game on the back of a 3-1 loss suffered versus Charlotte Eagles last Saturday night in Charlotte.
Friday’s game is the Battery’s annual Christmas in June Celebration and anyone who brings a new toy to the game to donate to Toys for Tots will receive a free ticket to the match.
This is the second game of a three-match series between the Battery and Kickers in 2014; the teams played to a 2-2 tie on March 29 at Blackbaud Stadium. The final game will be played in Richmond on July 19.
Richmond’s last match was a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. The Kickers have only lost once this year, back on April 12 versus Charlotte.
Formed the same year as the Battery in 1993, Richmond is one of Charleston’s oldest rivals. The Battery’s first ever league match was against Richmond on May 1 1993 in a game played at Stoney Field in downtown Charleston. The Battery won that match 2-1 behind goals from Mario Lone and Nigel James. Current Richmond head coach Leigh Cowlishaw scored the lone Richmond goal from the penalty-spot.
Remarkably in the 49 games played the Battery have won 22 lost 22 with 5 games ending tied. Both teams were successful on their home turf in 2013.
Over the years there have been several players that have played for both sides, the list includes: Andrew Dykstra, Mario Lone, Marco Feruzzi, Mike Burke, Scott Cannon, Mac Cozier, Kevin Scott, Greg Simmonds, Josh Henderson, Kelvin Jones, Luke Vercollone & Anthony Catalano.