Battery Ties Crew, D.C. United Beats Fire.
In the second game of the opening round of the round robin format, D.C. United shut out the Chicago Fire 1-0.
Minutes into the first half of the opener Columbus Crew’s Ethan Finlay played Eddie Gaven in the box. Gaven tucked the ball in the corner just past Alec Kann to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.
In the 40th minute the Battery’s Jose Cuevas took the ball down the line and slipped a cross in behind the Crew’s defense. Gruenebaum miss cleared the ball creating havoc in the six. Charleston Battery forward Kelly was in the perfect position to tap the ball home. The score remained tied at 1-1 going into the second half.
In the 57th minute of the game, the Crew’s Emilio Renteria and Battery’s Charlie Romero fought for the ball inside the 18 yard box. Renteria went down with the contact and the referee awarded Columbus a PK. Milo Mirosevic put away the penalty kick to put Columbus ahead once again.
The remainder of the game was evenly possessed in the midfield. The Charleston Battery pushed forward more and more as the game wore on and were rewarded for their efforts in the 89th minute as the Battery’s Salieu Bundu was brought down inside the box by Carlos Mendes. Midfielder Cuevas finished the penalty kick to even out the score.
D.C. United Opens With A Win
D.C. United defeated the Chicago Fire 1-0 on Saturday behind a goal from designated player Hamdi Salihi. United lead the tournament with three points, the Battery and the Crew are tied for second place with a point apiece leaving Chicago in fourth looking for their first point of the tournament.
The Carolina Challenge Cup concludes on Saturday with D.C. United playing Columbus Crew at 5 PM followed by the tournament finale as the Charleston Battery battle the Chicago Fire at 7:15 PM.