CHARLESTON, S.C. – While the race for top spot in the USL Eastern Conference is over the race for second is on with any of four teams capable of taking the No. 2-seed in the postseason. The Charleston Battery are one of those teams, and will have a chance to take a big step to taking that spot on Saturday when they host the Harrisburg City Islanders at MUSC Health Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Charleston Battery news and notes
Current record: 13-8-9, 48pts
The Battery notched an impressive comeback for a 1-1 draw against Ottawa Fury FC last Sunday in their most recent outing.
After conceding in the 16th minute, the Battery went down a man in the 59th minute when Forrest Lasso was sent off, but Heviel Cordoves continued his strong run of form, scoring the equalizer with five minutes to play.
Cordoves' goal was his fourth in the past three games for the Battery, and the Cuban forward has been nominated for the USL Player of the Month award for September.
The draw against Ottawa was the second straight match without a win for the Battery, who enter the weekend in third place in the Eastern Conference a point behind the Tampa Bay Rowdies with two games to go.
Harrisburg City Islanders news and notes
Current record: 10-14-7, 37pts
The City Islanders come into this match following a 2-0 win against Saint Louis FC last Saturday night at FNB Field.
Manolo Sanchez opened the scoring just four minutes into the match before Ropapa Mensah sealed the match in the 75th minute.
Mensah's goal was his fifth in six games in the month of September, which saw the 19-year-old Ghanaian nominated for the USL Player of the Month award. Mensah be unavailable for selection on Saturday, however, as he serves a one-game suspension for caution accumulation.
Despite the win, the City Islanders were eliminated from playoff contention due to other results on the weekend. Saturday's game will conclude their 2017 season.
Charleston – GK: Alex Tambakis, Odisnel Cooper, Joe Kuzminski, Alec Kann; D: Taylor Mueller, Skylar Thomas, O’Brian Woodbine, Quinton Griffith, Mikey Ambrose, Miles Robinson; M: Laurent Kissiedou, Jarad van Schaik, Neveal Hackshaw, Ataulla Guerra, Lagos Kunga, Justin Portillo, Maikel Chang, Tah Brian Anunga, Kotaro Higashi, Ryan Arambula; F: Romario Williams, Patrick Okonkwo, Heviel Cordoves, Ricky Garbanzo, Nico Rittmeyer, Jeffrey Otoo
Harrisburg – GK: Nick Noble, Brandon Miller, Sean Lewis; D: Griffin Libhart, Travis Brent, Tiago Calvano, Lee Nishanian, Jake Bond, James Thomas, Chris Hill, Shawn McLaws; M: Mouhamed Dabo, Jonny Mendoza, Paul Wilson, Rasheed Olabiyi, Danny DiPrima, John Grosh; F: Manolo Sanchez, Aaron Wheeler, Michael Olla, Fredrick Opoku
Charleston – Suspended: Forrest Lasso; Accumulation warning: Neveal Hackshaw
Harrisburg – Suspended: Cardel Benbow, Ropapa Mensah, Pedro Riberio; Accumulation warning: Abbas Mohammed, Shawn McLaws
REF: DAVID ERBACHER
AR1: Benjamin Wooten
AR2: J. Benjamin Jackson III
4TH: David Cochrane
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