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US Open Cup Stories: Charleston

When a USL club is a pain in your side till finally getting victory

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In my next story in the US Open Cup Series as the New York Red Bulls will play in the final on September 20th, I continue to discuss the interesting stories about the club and once again it's against a side that has been giving fits till the victory back in 2012.

This side plays it's games in the United Soccer Leagues and the nick name of this South Carolina City is Little London. If you have already figured out whay city I'm talking aboit of course it's Charleston & the Battery.

This city is well known for it's time in American history discussing the Revolutionary War as well as it's part in the Civil War, but the soccer history is what we are looking for as the one time finalist back in the late 2000's losing to DC United has had their hand in giving Metro fits in the US Open Cup.

After another run in the 2000 US Open Cup faltered in Semi-Finals, Octavio Zambrano's side knew they had to travel to face a tough Battery club that was itching to knock off an MLS side.

Sadly it was his side that got taken down and taken down hard, as the Battery destroyed the Metro by a final of four goals to one with Daniel Hernandez lone tally ripping up the clean sheet in the 90th minute.

All the goals came in the second half as Gilbert Jean-Baptiste opened the scoring in the 47th minute, then followed by Paul Conway in the 70th minute, then Brian Piesner made it three then finally Mac Cozier ended the night with a fourth goal.

In the 2004 season theae two sides met up in the 4th round after the Metro had a great run in 2003 reaching the final for the very first time.

Many fans thought to themselves that this club was going to have another run in them as Bob Bradley was always competitive in this tournament in the past when he was managing the Chicago Fire.

Sadly this run ended when it got started. With another scoreless first half, the Battery was able to sneak in an opening goal as Steve Klein converted in the 48th minute.

The Metro tried to get an equalizer, but the keeper for Charleston played a fantastic game ans kept that ball out of his net. A huge loss in their first game since the loss to the defunct Staten Island Vipers back in 1999.

But the third time was the charm in the 4th round od the 2012 season as Hans Backe's side was able to finally convert a win at Blackbaud Stadium.

Kenny Cooper smashed home the opening goal in the 14th minute, but on a trick play Heath Pearce snuck towards the near side and converted late to take a two goal lead.

But the best chance of the night came in the 70th minute when the Red Bulls got a free kick situation and it would be Connor Lade that struck the back of the net.

He decided to take a shot from distance and when he struck the ball, it bent towards the back post and beat the keeper to make sure they advanced to the next round as well as getting their first US Open Cup victory.

It doesn't matter which side you face against represents which league in whatever division you play against, if they have your number then you continue to play till you bite that bagel on the win side of the ledger.