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Battery Hosts Pittsburgh at Clash of ’90s Clubs on Saturday

    Charleston Battery

June 7, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
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CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston Battery hosts Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday, June 8 in a Week 14 matchup between the Black and Yellows. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM ET and the game will be broadcast on WCSC (Charleston) and WIS (Columbia) on local TV, and streamed via ESPN+.

Charleston and Pittsburgh meet Saturday for the first time of the year and the 41st time ever. The sides split the series in 2023 with one win apiece. The Battery won the game at Patriots Point, a 3-1 victory over the Hounds.

The Battery (8W-1L-4D, 28 points) enter this weekend on the back of a 0-0 draw against Monterey Bay FC last Wednesday. Goaltender Daniel Kuzemka recorded his second shutout of the season. The match marked the fourth consecutive week of a midweek match for the Battery.

Pittsburgh (3W-5L-4D, 13 points) arrives in the Lowcountry after a 1-2 home loss to red-hot Indy Eleven on Saturday. Danny Griffin’s second-half goal sparked a comeback, but the effort ultimately failed.

The Hounds are winless in their last five matches, recording three defeats and two draws in that period.

Looking at the Eastern Conference table, the Battery is in second place and Pittsburgh is in 10th.

Storylines of the match

The Old Guard Shield Returns – No two teams have battled each other more in the USL Championship than the Battery (since 1993) and the Riverhounds (since 1999), who are set for their 41st all-time meeting dating back to 1999. both clubs compete for the Old Guard Shield and the winner will be determined after the two regular season games.

Over 20 Years of History – The all-time series, the Battery narrowly leads Pittsburgh with a record of 14W-10L-16D. The first match was played on July 30, 1999, a 2-0 win over the Riverhounds in Pennsylvania, when both clubs were members of the USL A-League. Charleston has the largest winning margin in the series, achieving a 4–0 result on July 14, 2000 and again on August 30, 2014.

Recent history – Over the last five matches the series has been evenly split with two wins for each team and one draw. The Battery has recorded back-to-back wins at Patriots Point over the Hounds, including the 3-1 victory in 2023.

Familiar Faces – Saturday could feature Nathan Dossantos’ first game against Pittsburgh since joining the Battery last season. Dossantos spent 2022 and 2023 with the Hounds. On the other hand, former Battery players Patrick Hogan and EJ Johnson will face their former club after both left the Lowcountry after the 2022 campaign.

League Leaders in Charleston – Despite falling to second place in the standings, the Battery has several players leading in various statistical categories: Nick Markanich (Goals, 12); Aaron Molloy (chances created, 34); Adam Grinwis (Shutouts (tie), five); Graham Smith (eviction, 73). As a team, Charleston led the league with seven shutouts on the year.

Allan Returns – Chris Allan will be available for Saturday’s match after missing the Monterey Bay match due to a red card suspension.

Roster Update – Jake LaCava completed a permanent transfer to USL Championship side San Antonio FC on Monday. LaCava played in twelve games in all competitions for the Battery in 2024.

CONTEST INFO

Charleston Battery vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

Saturday, June 8 – 7:30 PM ET Kickoff

Patriots point

HOW TO WATCH:

Saturday’s game will air on local television on WCSC channel 5.3 in Charleston and WIS channel 10.4 in Columbia.

It will also be streamed for free domestically on ESPN+ and internationally via the league’s YouTube channel.

A limited number of tickets for Saturday are now available through SeatGeek.com, Battery’s exclusive digital ticketing provider.

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