DC United 3-1 Charleston BatteryBy: Josh | March 1st, 2012
DC United continue their strong performance at the Carolina Challenge Cup against the Charlseton Battery defeating the Battery 3-1 and winning the “Coffee Pot Cup.” The Coffee Pot Cup is won by the team who wins this match each time they play. It’s a great example of the MLS-USL rivalry that hardly exists anywhere else.
Joe Willis started in net, with an in-experienced outfield consisting of the Supplemental Draft pick Lance Rozeboom and Nick DeLeon and the trialist Ryan Richter. They combined with Brandon McDonald, Emiliano Dudar and Branko Boskovic among others.
Boskovic’s first half in midfield was a definite highlight. His performance created the first goal after only 13 minutes. He played a cute ball over the top of the Battery defense to Maicon Santos who coolly finished past the Charleston keeper.
The Battery equalized in the 19th minute through Jose Cuevas who headed home from point-blank range.
United hit back immediately through Richter who headed past the Battery keeper from a long ball from Jose Burciaga. The scores stayed 2-1 at the break.
Ben Olsen made some changes at the half with Ethan White, Dejan Jakovic, Stephen King, Andrew Dykstra (newly signed, and also a former Battery keeper) and Andy Najar all entered. Despite being up, United couldn’t seem to find the clinching third goal until Christ Pontius and Hamdi Salihi came on with Josh Wolff and Conor Shanosky.
Battery defender Mark Wiltse received a straight red in the 76’. United ended the match quickly after with Najar and Wolff linking up well and Najar sending a cross the Salihi who finished quite easily.
United win 3-1 and win the Carolina Challenge Cup for the third year in a row. Their last match in the tournament is Saturday against the Columbus Crew. This means the regular season is one day closer as United take on Kansas City at the RFK on March 10.