Happy Wednesday everyone.
PROVISIONALLY GOOD NEWS?
Whitecaps striker Omar Salgado has been for a couple rounds of imaging on his injured right foot this week, and the news out of British Columbia is not bad. From the Vancouver Whitecaps F.C. website:
Whitecaps FC winger/striker Omar Salgado, who is currently on loan to United Soccer Leagues PRO side Charleston Battery, left Charleston’s match on the weekend with a foot injury. “We’re waiting for a second opinion, but it might not be as bad as first feared,” Robinson said. “He’s going for another cat scan today. The surgeon will have a look at the scans, and as soon as we know we’ll let you know. All of our thoughts are with Omar because he’s battled back very well. We hope it’s good news.”
Battery Athletic Trainer Bobby Weisenberger said on Tuesday that decisions about Salgado’s injury status were not being made by the Battery staff.
Salgado was in a walking boot cast Tuesday night at the year’s first “Call to Arms” for Falvey’s Army at Molly Darcy’s on East Bay at The Market. He seemed in good spirits, and sang several rounds of karaoke.
BTW, Michael Kafari said that his knee injury is improving and he expects to be training with the team as early as this week.
The Battery will scrimmage the visiting Carolina Railhawks at 11 a.m. on Thursday, as in tomorrow. The team confirmed the short-notice event Wednesday morning.
Carolina Railhawks play in Cary, N.C. and were one of the teams that formed the NASL. Charleston had been scheduled to scrimmage the Railhawks in Cary early last month, but the trip was cancelled because of field conditions and weather.
Tomorrow morning’s scrimmage at Blackbaud Stadium is free and open to the public. Friendlies like this are a lot of fun if you can get off work, so swing by if you can make it. It’s the only Battery game action this week (they’re on a bye), and only one (New York Red Bulls Reserves on April 18) of the team’s next six games will be at home. After the home match on the 18th, the team will be away until May 10, when Wilmington comes to town.
FALVEY’S ARMY MUSTERS
Tuesday’s headline from the year’s first meeting of Falvey’s Army, an unofficial fan group backed by the team, is that the Battery are boosting their commitment to filling the E1 Supporters Section. Battery. Battery Director of Tickets Suzanne Sudzina Brandon announced that the club will give two passes for E1 to every person who signs up for membership in The Regiment, the club’s official supporters group. The passes will be good for whatever match the member chooses.
“We are trying to encourage our fans to build up Falvey’s Army and fill in section E1, so we are looking to The Regiment to take the lead, be ambassadors for our club, and recruit more members,” Brandon said. “We are very appreciative of the enthusiasm and support that The Regiment gives the boys, and I think we can all agree that having more fans who feel the same passion and love of the sport is a good thing.”
The club is using The Falvey’s Army concept this season as a way to bring fans and players out to different pubs for unscripted socializing, with an eye toward attracting new fans and ramping up the energy of its current crop of supporters.
Tuesday’s event in the comfortable confines of Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub went on without the attendance of owner Tommy Snee (trivia: Charleston Battery have never lost a match when Tommy sings the National Anthem. Stick that away somewhere and we’ll talk about it again when we’re in the stretch run to the playoffs). But with that one notable exception, turnout was good for a midweek event, and everyone appeared to be in a good mood.
The mood got better, of course, once the karaoke started. Karaoke is something of a club tradition, and since newcomers Salgado and Kafari had not yet been forced to sing for their teammates, they were the first to take the stage.
After that it was pretty much the Quinton Griffin show, with much of the team joining him on stage at one point or another.
TOP IMAGE: Falvey’s Army in the house. Janet Edens Conover photos.