AZIRA IN SEATTLE: Didn’t know that Mike Azira had gotten a call up for a trial in Seattle until The Regiment’s Facebook page noted that the Seattle Times’ beat reporter had announced it on Twitter. But good news for everyone’s favorite Ugandan midfielder: Playing in a reserve match for the Sounders at Portland this afternoon, Azira put back a rebound in the first half for the second goal in the Sounders’ Reserves 4-1 over the Timbers Reserves.
Looks like Michael Azira of the Charleston Battery and Long Tan (formerly of Vancouver, D.C.) are guest players in today’s reserve game.
— Joshua Mayers (@joshuamayers) October 14, 2013
Best of luck to Mike. Too bad for teh Sounders that they didn’t have him in the first-team lineup on Sunday night against the Portland Timbers (please forgive the gratuitous Timbers fan reference… I’m just still enjoying last night’s win).
Welcome Azira! Nice cross, nice shot, nice finish for Sounders.
— Rave Green City (@ravegreencity) October 14, 2013
Azira goal. Whoever the deuce Azira is.
— Matt Oak (@mattoak) October 14, 2013
Michael Azira (#43) looking good so far at LM.
— SSFC-Rumors (@SSFC_Rumors) October 14, 2013
ACADEMY WEEKEND: The S.C. United Battery Academy traveled to take on the Carolina Rapids, a team based on the other side of Charlotte, this weekend, and went 0-1-2. The U18s scored late to claim a point on a 1-1 result, subs scored all three of the U16s’ goals in the second half of a 3-3 draw, and the U14s dropped a 1-2 decision. Coach Clark Brisson said he felt pretty good about the road points and thought his guys were probably the better side.
AMERICAN OUTLAWS VIEWING: So we had kind of a weird experiment on Friday for the Jamaica at USA World Cup Qualifier in Kansas City. Club president Mikey Buytas wound up at the usual spot with the usual suspects at Madra Rua. Mikey also posted that there were going to be A.O. members meeting at Prohibition and Local 616 on the peninsula, so Janet and I decided to scout those out. I wound up at 616 with maybe 10 other fans — nice place to watch a match, though not the “high-fiving-complete-strangers” vibe that you get in the soccer room at Madra. And Adam Burnetta made it down to Prohibition, which had a few people show up.
On Tuesday we’re doing it again, this time for the 9:25 p.m. match against Panama. Not big implications for us, bigger implications for others. The official watch party is at Madra Rua, and this game is on beIN sports, which most people and most bars don’t get. Hope you’ll come on out and join us.
Quick P.S.: The folks at Local 616 treated us great, and if you haven’t been there, give it a try sometime. They don’t have a kitchen, but with the bar’s relationship with Ike’s Gullah Foods next door, 616 makes that a feature, not a bug. You walk over (the restaurant and the bar are in the same building) and order your food, and when it’s ready, Ike delivers it to you at the bar. Seriously the best soul food dinner I’ve had in years, and it cost less than $9. Still can’t get over how good that was, and my arteries are hardening as I think about it. Soccer and soul food? Sign me up.
THE CITADEL: Blue-note weekend for the Bulldogs. After traveling up to Davidson for a 0-3 loss on Thursday, The Citadel hosted Georgia Southern on Sunday and lost 2-3. The back-to-back losses dropped the team to 1-5 in the Southern Conference (3-8-2 overall). The Bulldogs hit the road for games in Alabama and Tennessee this weekend — their final regular season road matches. Their schedule concludes with three consecutive home matches against Southern Conference opponents.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: After a midweek loss at Campbell, the Bucs returned “home” to Blackbaud Stadium on Friday and beat VMI 2-1. Seniors Toni Lashley and the red-hot Allison Lewis led the way again, giving the Bucs the early 2-0 lead. The host Winthrop, presumably at Blackbaud Stadium, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: The men’s road woes continued on Sunday with a 0-1 conference loss to Delaware. The Cougars get their next crack at the program’s first-ever Colonial Athletic Association win (they’re 0-3 in the conference, 2-9-0 overall) on Saturday when Hofstra comes to Patriots Point. Their loss was more or less a repeat of the women’s 0-1 defeat Friday night at UNC-Wilmington. The Cougar women (2-11-0, 0-4 CAA) travel for two conference road games this weekend before they finish out their regular season with home matches against Delaware and Drexel on Oct. 25 and 27.
TOP IMAGE: Mike Azira’s excellent 2013 campaign in USL PRO caught the attention of the Seattle Sounders. Dan Conover photo.