Charleston Battery nearly take Open Cup

A good game, Charleston has some really great players.

D.C. United took home the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after barely besting The Charleston Battery 2-1. The Major League Soccer team played the Charleston team before some 8,212 in Washington, D.C.

The Charleston Battery sum up the game, an excerpt:
The win gives United it’s first National Championship since 1996 and they advance to represent the U.S.A in the 2009 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. It was the Battery’s first appearance in the Cup final and the first for a USL side since 1999.

Charleston started slowly and paid the price conceding in the 4th minute after the ball was worked to Luciano Emilio at the edge of the box. Emilio took a touch then drove a shot into the top corner as Hudock just failed to keep it out.

The Battery responded by pushing forward and were rewarded for their efforts with a goal in the 11th minute. Defender Nelson Akwari played an excellent diagonal pass out to Chris Williams on the right side. Williams cut inside his man then left the ball for Fuller just inside the box. Fuller fired home neatly into the bottom right corner.

The U.S. Open Cup also has a minute-by-minute ticker of last night's game.

At least The Battery set a new record for itself, and there's always next time.

The teams next game is away on Saturday, September 6, against the Carolina RailHawks. The Battery have only one home game left, on September 19.

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