Battery set for playoff series with Montreal Impact
Charleston, SC. The Charleston Battery takes on the Montreal Impact in a two-match USL1 first round playoff series this week. Thursday night (September 24) the Battery will visit Montreal for a 7:30 PM match at Saputo Stadium (Sports Radio 1450AM). On Sunday (September 27) both teams return to Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island for the decisive game of the series with kick off set for 7 PM (FOX Soccer Channel, tickets $10 - $18, (843) 971-GOAL / www.charlestonbattery.com).
The Battery (14-5-11, 53 points) finished the regular season tied for third place in the USL standings with the Puerto Rico Islanders but earned the fourth seed based on USL tie-breakers.
The Impact (12-11-7, 43 points) finished in fifth position in the USL tables. As the higher seed the Battery chose to visit Montreal for the first game and host the second leg at Blackbaud Stadium.
Charleston played Montreal three times during the regular season once in Charleston and twice in Montreal. The teams played to a 0-0 tie at Blackbaud Stadium on April 24. On May 15 in Montreal the game also finished scoreless but Charleston secured the regular season series with a 1-0 win at Saputo Stadium on July 5. Dan Antoniuk recorded the only goal off the summer between the Club's, scoring a second half winner against his former Club.
This will be the first ever meeting between Charleston and Montreal in the post-season. Both sides have won one USL1 Championship, the Battery in 2003 and the Impact in 2004.
The Battery closed out the regular season with a 3-2 win versus the Minnesota Thunder in a game played on Sunday in Blaine, MN. Darren Spicer, Tsuyoshi Yoshitake and Dan Antoniuk scored the goals as Charleston secured its sixth road victory of the season.
Montreal finished the regular season with a 2-0 loss versus the Carolina RailHawks in a game played in Cary, NC last Friday.
Forward Roberto Brown led the way for the Impact in 2009 scoring seven goals and adding three assists. Montreal are coached by Marc Dos Santos who took over from former Charleston Battery defender John Limniatis earlier this season.
Viewing party in the Three Lions Club
There will be a special viewing party for the first game of the Battery vs Impact playoff series at the Three Lions Club, Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island on Thursday night. The bar will open at 5 PM, the game is set to kick off at 7:30 PM; a full bar menu will be available with happy-hour drink specials until kick off.
Tickets for the 2009 post-season are on sale now starting at only $10. Three Lions Club members receive complimentary tickets to all playoff games. To reserve your playoff tickets or for more information please call (843) 971-GOAl (4625) or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
The USL-1 postseason will start in the North on Thursday evening as the Rochester Rhinos and the two Canadian sides Montreal and Vancouver will all play host to the opening legs of their series. The top-seeded Portland Timbers receive a bye into the semifinal round.
Quarterfinal Pairings & Schedule
#2 Carolina RailHawks vs #7 Vancouver Whitecaps
Sept 24 at Vancouver - 10:30 pm ET :: Sept 27 at Carolina - 5:00 pm ET
#3 Puerto Rico Islanders vs #6 Rochester Rhinos
Sept 24 at Rochester - 7:05 pm ET :: Sept 27 at Puerto Rico - 6:00 pm ET
#4 Charleston Battery vs #5 Montreal Impact
Sept 24 at Montreal - 7:45 pm ET :: Sept 27 at Charleston - 7:00 pm ET
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