Battery Face LA Galaxy II Wednesday Night for Pink out at Patriots Point
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Battery return to Patriots Point Wednesday night to face LA Galaxy II in the second to last home game of the season. The Wednesday evening fixture is a "Pink Out" at Patriots Point as the team supports the American Cancer Society and the Real Men Wear Pink campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
It's the second to last home game of the regular season at Patriots Point as the club faces an LA Galaxy II team they have not seen since 2014
The team will be wearing single-edition pink jerseys during the match, sporting the Real Men Wear Pink logo - the player-worn jerseys will be signed and auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society and Real Men Wear Pink
The Battery are coming off a road loss in Charlotte that dashed the Black and Yellow's playoff hopes for this season
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match at Patriots Point in a "Pink Out" in support of breast cancer awareness
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Chairman Rob Salvatore on Real Men Wear Pink
Wednesday night's game is the rescheduled date of the original June 4 contest that was postponed because of inclement weather.
Due to the postponement, this will now be the first time since 2014 that the Battery and Galaxy II square off. It will also be the second-ever meeting between the sides.
The first game seven years ago resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Black and Yellow, on June 14, 2014. The evening featured goals from Colin Falvey, Dane Kelly and Heviel Cordoves. Kelly's goal, in particular, was assisted by a young up-and-comer named Jarad van Schaik, whose perfectly-placed pass to Kelly helped Charleston double their lead. Jarad, who first signed with the Battery in 2013, will be the lone player on the pitch for both matches between the clubs.
Looking at the Conference tables, Los Angeles are fourth in the Pacific Division with a record of 11-12-6 (39 pts) and Charleston are fifth in Atlantic Division with a record of 9-12-7 (37 pts).
Galaxy II are coming off a large 5-0 home win over El Paso Locomotive FC on Sunday. The California club were powered by goals from Carlos Harvey, Preston Judd (2), Jorge Hernandez and Cameron Dunbar. Los Angeles are still fighting to clinch a playoff spot and the effort displayed Sunday helped them maintain their advantage over Oakland Roots (fifth place, 34 points). Galaxy II will aim to build on that win come Wednesday in hopes of shoring up their playoff spot as the regular season winds down.
The Battery will look to bounce back from a 5-1 road loss to Charlotte Independence that knocked the Black and Yellow out of playoff contention. Romario Piggott scored his third goal of the season just before halftime as the Battery looked to claw back from an early 2-0 deficit. Claudio Repetto also tallied his third assist in as many games.The Independence's offense, however, proved overwhelming. The Black and Yellow will look to make the most of the remaining four games on the schedule, utilizing the time for experience and playing for pride to finish the season strong, starting Wednesday.
The match is the second visit to the Lowcountry for Los Angeles, but will be their first game played at Patriots Point.
Ones to Watch This Week
LA Galaxy II - Jorge Hernandez
Hernandez is among Galaxy II's most potent threats all year. The midfielder leads the club in chances created with 79 (over 50 more than the next player after him), and is second in both goals (12) and assists (6). Against El Paso, he tallied one goal, one assist and three key passes. The Galaxy academy product has made plenty of noise so far this season and will look to maintain that pace on the cross-country journey.
Charleston Battery - Jarad van Schaik
Jarad van Schaik has played an important role in the back line since his return last month. The veteran defender led the team in clearances (3) while registering two interceptions, five recoveries and two tackles against Charlotte. He also amassed a strong 92.3% pass success rate, completing 48 of 52 passes. As an energetic LA Galaxy II squad comes into town, expect the captain to be a key piece of the Battery defense diffusing any threats the visitors pose.
The Battery were back at training Monday following a day of travel and recovery after Saturday's match. The Battery will kick off a slate of four matches across 10 days with Wednesday's tie.
As of posting, Ben Di Rosa and Erik McCue are questionable, and Nico Rittmeyer, Mauro Cichero and AJ Paterson are out.
Charleston Battery vs. LA Galaxy II
Wednesday, October 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Kickoff - Patriots Point
How to Watch: ESPN+
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