The Charleston Battery head to Texas to close the week when they face San Antonio FC on Saturday, July 2, the leaders of the Western Conference. Kickoff at Toyota Field is 9 p.m. ET and the game will be the Battery’s third in seven days.
Saturday will mark the first-ever meeting between Charleston and San Antonio. San Antonio’s inaugural season in the USL Championship was in 2016.
SAFC are the top team in the Western Conference with a record of 12W-3L-1D (37 points). They are currently on a four-match unbeaten streak, most recently defeating FC Tulsa 2-1 at home. Tulsa got off to an early lead from a goal by JJ Williams that held into halftime. However, San Antonio scored twice in three minutes in the second half to claim the lead and the three points.
Charleston will look to end their stretch of three matches this week on a positive note after dropping points at home to Atlanta United 2 on Wednesday, 3-4. Atlanta scored twice in the opening four minutes of the match but the Battery continued to fight back to cut into their lead. Augustine Williams, Mauro Cichero and Geobel Perez all found the back of the net, but the Black and Yellow were ultimately unable to overcome to visitors.
Saturday’s match will be the Battery’s 17th of the season, marking the official halfway point for the Black and Yellow in the 2022 campaign.
Fans will notice a rowel spur in San Antonio’s logo, it is a direct link to the NBA team San Antonio Spurs and Spurs Sports & Entertainment, who own both SAFC and the Spurs.
San Antonio will be without defender Diedie Traore after his contract was terminated by mutual consent on June 30, per the club.
Saturday is the Battery’s sole trip to the Lone Star State this season, but not their only interconference tie in July. They will also travel to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on July 22 before closing out the month against Sacramento Republic FC at home on July 30.
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