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Charleston Battery vs FC Cincinnati, 2016 USL Season: Final Score 1-1, Battery get a crucial point on the road in Cincinnati

Charleston Battery

The Battery extended their unbeaten streak to seven, managing to play Cincinnati to a 1-1 draw in front of raucous crowd of just under 20,000.

The two clubs played each other evenly throughout the opening 45 minutes of play exchanging trips into the attacking third with neither club able to break the stalemate.

In the 52nd minute Jamaican forward Omar Cummings would put the home side out in front. The former Colorado Rapids standout found the ball just inside the right end of the penalty curling a fantastic shot to the opposite post, catching keeper Alex Tambakis flat footed.

Despite the goal by Cummings, Tambakis had a strong showing against Cincinnati racking up several impressive saves to keep the Battery in the thick of things at  Nippert Stadium.

In the 60th minute substitute Heviel Cordoves would check in for the Battery in exchange for Ricky Garbanzo, and just 10 minutes later Cordo would bring the Battery back to level terms. In the 70th minute Midfielder Maikel Chang would find his fellow Cuban on the corner kick, who buried the equalizer past Cincy keeper Mitch Hildebrandt.

The final 20 minutes saw the Battery attack put their foot on the gas, cranking up the pressure on the Cincinnati defense. Forward Chris Tsonis nearly put the Battery ahead in the 83rd after finding himself at the end of a perfect cross from Quinton Griffith, but his shot would find nothing but the crossbar.

In the waning moments of stoppage time the Battery found themselves on the wrong end of a controversial bit of officiating, as Cordoves found himself all alone behind the Cincy back four charging towards keeper Mitch Hildebrandt, but defender Harrison Delbridge managed to track down the speedy Cordoves sliding in to knock the ball from the feet of Cordoves for what appeared to be a fantastic clutch bit of defending. Upon view of the replay it was made obvious that the 24-year-old Australian had struck the ball with his forearm and hand sending Battery bench into an uproar.

The match would finish level keeping both clubs in place in the Eastern Conference table, Cincy at third and the Battery in fourth.



The 26-year-old forward continued his recent run of fantastic form, providing the late equalizer and what in all likelihood should have been a chance at a late go ahead PK.



Charleston's "Cuban Connection" proved to be the difference once again as Chang and Cordoves hooked up again for thier second time in as many matches to give their side a vital point on the road.


Veteran defender Taylor Mueller went down with a shoulder injury Saturday night and shortly after sub Forrest Lasso picked up a Yellow card earning him a suspension for next week's match against Charlotte, begging the question; Who starts at CB? If Mueller is ruled out for Wednesday's match, the Battery may likely resort to starting former academy player Cole Gulledge.


Home vs Charlotte Independence Wednesday 8/3 7:30 p.m