Atlanta United Draws Charleston Battery in U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round
ATLANTA - Atlanta United will play Charleston Battery in the Fourth Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. EST. All 2019 U.S. Open Cup matches will be available on ESPN+. A knockout style competition, the U.S. Open Cup (USOC) is the longest-running soccer tournament in America and third-longest in the world. This year's champion will be automatically placed into 2020 Concacaf Champions League.
This marks the third consecutive year in which Atlanta and Charleston will face each other in the Fourth Round. Atlanta won both meetings with a 3-0 win during the 2018 tournament and a 3-2 win in 2017, both played at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia. Atlanta lost in the Round of 16 in 2018 to Chicago Fire 1-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and again in 2017 to Miami FC 3-2 at Riccardo Silva Stadium.
The Battery plays in the United Soccer League Championship as a member of the Eastern Conference. Charleston currently sits in ninth place in the East (4-2-5, 17 points). Founded in 1993, The Battery has reached the USL playoffs in each of its last 11 seasons and has qualified for the Open Cup every year since 2003. Charleston was Atlanta's USL-affiliate in 2016 and 2017.
Unlike MLS Regular Season matches, USOC matches cannot end in draws. Should the two teams be level at the conclusion of the 90-minute regulation, they will play two 15-minute sessions. In the event the score is still tied after an additional 30 minutes, the match will head to penalties until a winner is decided.
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