Behind Enemy Lines: Charleston Battery
NASHVILLE -- Coming off its first loss of the season, the Charleston Battery are looking to right the ship against Nashville SC. The Battery are back home where they are 2-0-1 this season, but Boys in Gold will come into the match with a 1-0-1 record on the road. How do the Battery plan on getting a result? We go Behind Enemy Lines to see what Charleston is saying about Nashville SC.
Charleston head coach Mike Anhaeuser knows that playing Nashville SC will be a challenge for the Battery on Saturday night.
"They are loaded up front, they have options," said Anhaeuser to Charleston's team website. "[Ropapa] Mensah with his pace and power, they have [Daniel] Ríos who's a good box runner and can get into good positions, so you can see that they are dangerous from every position."
What will Charleston do to combat Nashville's many weapons? Counter with its own offense. Despite missing two of its primary attacking options in Ataulla Guerra and Ian Svantesson, Anhaeuser wants to see the Battery test Nashville's league-best defense.
"We are going to come out and attack as well, we are very potent as well," said Anhaeuser. "We want to put them on the backfoot as well and force them to defend."
Nashville SC has no problem defending, as shown in its 3-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC when it held just 35% of the possession, but scored three goals on the road in a dominant performance.
Charleston is one of the best home sides in the league, getting results in 18 of its last 20 home matches, and that is what Battery midfielder Tah Brian Anunga is counting on to carry Charleston to victory on Saturday.
"They have quality up front," said Anunga. "We have to be very disciplined, and we have to defend as a team, and we do a very good job of doing that. We give 100% at home to give the fans a good performance. I feel very good and all of the guys feel very good going into this match."
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