In Charleston, in the USL PRO, professional soccer means you ride home in a bus from Ohio on a Friday night, get into Charleston around 9 a.m., and then hustle down to a charity event to row a boat for cancer survivors.
Maybe it’s not the most glamorous life. But on the bright side, there are free donuts.
The Battery missed their first race on Saturday morning at the Dragonboat Festival due to their late arrival after last night’s 1-0 road win at Dayton, and some of the players looked a little bleary to get the day started. But their spirits had to be pretty high after getting two wins in two tough venues. Apparently Skyline Sports Complex on City Island in Harrisburg didn’t just look shaggy on the livestream — it actually had clovers growing on the pitch. And the artificial turf at that high school football field outside Dayton? Left a little to be desired.
So the Battery are home. There’s a home game on Saturday. And for all life’s little imperfections, things are going pretty well.
Not the Charleston Battery win a morning heat on the Ashley River.
Battery midfielder Jose Cuevas hugs Jean Harkins of The Regiment as he arrives at the tent put up by the supporters’ group.
Fans from The Regiment showed up early Saturday to set up the Battery outpost in the field of party tents at the Dragonboat Festival. Gusting winds and overcast skies were the order of the day.
International veterans Colin Falvey (left) and Nicki Paterson pick up donuts with California goalkeeper Kevin Klasila Saturday morning. Falvey’s defense surrendered just one goal on the team’s road trip this week, while Paterson scored his first two of 2013 (both on penalty kicks). Klasila, who got his first start of 2013 and his second as a Battery player Friday, recorded a shutout at Dayton with credit for five saves.
The Battery’s Spanish-speaking players, from left: center foward Heviel Cordoves, starting goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper; and midfielder Maikel Chang, all of whom are from Cuba. Jose Cuevas from California is a U.S. native who speaks fluent Spanish and English. Es a causa de nuestros jugadores cubanos que estoy estudiando español de nuevo. Me gustaría estar escribiendo más acerca de ellos, pero la barrera del idioma es un problema. Así que estoy tratando de recuperar el español conversacional perdí hace mucho tiempo.
Emmanuel Adjetey has a donut to start his Saturday after a successful start to his Battery career. The left-footer from Ghana by way of Vancouver impressed fans and teammates with his contributions at left back on Wednesday and left midfield on Friday.
Nicki Paterson celebrates his return to Charleston by flashing gang signs. Alternately, he might be signalling that he scored two goals in two games. It’s really a mystery.
Bonus: On my way home I noticed a youth soccer match.
We interrupt your soccer game to bring you this large yellow truck.