So, it was a very important two match test for Charleston last week on the road. Needless to say, the test was failed with a capital F. The first match came in less than a week after Charleston's last match as they headed to the Show Me State to play Saint Louis FC. Heviel Cordoves, getting a rare start, kept his personal momentum going as he followed up his late equalizer with a 10th minute redirect off a great cross from Ricky Garbanzo. The Battery went up another goal quickly as a penalty was awarded, then converted by Justin Portillo. I wish I could say Charleston coasted to an easy victory, but this month has not been a strong month for our Battery boys. Another penalty, this time awarded to Saint Louis, leveled the score. A second PK awarded to Saint Louis in the first half was dramatically saved by Kevin Corby. The hosts never relented. Late in regulation, Saint Louis equalized on a header by Sam Fink. The dagger was a rocket off the foot of former Columbus Crew SC prospect Aaron Horton. It was a heartbreaking collapse and an emotional toll was certainly taken.
A pivotal goal late in the first half Saturday doomed Charleston to their 2nd loss in a week. Louisville City FC's Matt Fondy, the MVP front runner, netted that late goal in the first half along with another late goal cementing Louisville's 3-1 victory. The only goal Charleston could muster in the 3-1 defeat was a nice bending goal from Maikel Chang.
The Good Guys: Charleston Battery (9-6-9)
A win last week would have been ideal for Charleston, a win this week against Richmond is necessary. After holding the second place position for most of the campaign, Charleston has dropped to a three way tie for third. Winless in August, the Battery must get back to their winning ways. Despite a welcoming return to form by Heviel Cordoves, no Battery players made the USL's Team of The Week. While Kevin Corby did allow the comeback goals by Saint Louis, he did have a handful of great saves. Dane Kelly had his usual countless touches, unfortunately, none of them found the twine.
The Bad Guys: Richmond Kickers (9-6-9)
Rich what? Rich-Mond! Coming off a 2-0 victory over Saint Louis FC, Richmond now has the opportunity to move past Charleston in the standings. The Kickers are led in points considerably by Jason Yeisley. Richmond will attempt to finally break through with 3 points after drawing in both of their previous matches against Charleston earlier this season. (2-2 and 1-1).
The Dirty Details
Saturday at 7:30pm at Richmond
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The Hired Gun
Memo Rodriguez got to start in the pivotal match against Louisville City. It truly speaks to the talent of the Houston Dynamo player on loan and the trust he has earned with the Battery staff to get a start in such a crucial time in the season. He appeared in his usual attacking midfield role, providing his usual crisp passing and high pressure on the ball.