Talks ahead of the Charleston Battery’s season opener against Phoenix Rising FC were confident.
New head coach Ben Pillman was all on the same page and eager to represent the crest.
‘The energy and vibe of the team has been perfect all preseason’ Battery veteran AJ Patterson told Post & Courier’s Andrew Miller:“The coach brings energy to the club, energy to the training sessions and the players want to work harder for him and the crest. You have done a good job leading us to this team and the chemistry on this team has been great.”
That’s pretty standard pre-season fare. Everyone is optimistic about where they will be before the season opener, right?
And while the Battery had the most all-around performance, unfortunately they were unable to secure a victory in the opening weekend of the USL Championship.
Facing a Phoenix Rising FC side with an overhaul of its own and a confident pre-season atmosphere, the Battery has looked every part of the contending team this season. Their pressure in the Phoenix half consistently caused problems for the Patriots visitors to his points. Charleston had 12 possessions in the attacking third.
The battery’s ability to maintain pressure was evident in the first goal. A corner kick entered his area as a penalty and a Phoenix defender headed half after a near-post flick. but was saved well before Andrew. Booth brought home the rebound.