CHARLESTON — The Battery head south to Melbourne, Fla., this week for Friday’s date with a second consecutive 2016 USL expansion club. Yet this one doesn’t feel like a first visit to an unknown opponent.
Sure, Titan Soccer Complex on the campus of Eastern Florida State University is a new venue for the Battery. But it’s only about an hour’s drive southwest of the Orlando Citrus Bowl, home of Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC.
Before Orlando City made the jump from USL to MLS, the Battery made annual trips to the Citrus Bowl (and its temporary replacement, the Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports Soccer Complex) from 2011-2014. Not once in any of those trips did the Battery come away a winner.
On Friday night, when Charleston plays its first-ever match with OCB — that’s Orlando City B, the new USL entry owned by Orlando’s MLS club — Coach Mike Anhaeuser and the Battery will be working to open a new, more successful chapter in the club’s history with Orlando. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be webcast live over YouTube and can be found here.