UPDATE: The U.S. Open Cup match between Atlanta United and the Charleston Battery will be played on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. It will be closed to fans.
For the 753rd time in three seasons, Atlanta United is set to take on the Charleston Battery. These two teams meet in the U.S. Open Cup for the third straight season. Atlanta took the previous two matches, both played at home. This time the Five Stripes will travel up to MUSC Health Stadium, a venue they know well from playing in the 2017 and 2018 Charleston Challenge Cup preseason tournament.
Frank de Boer has already stated his intentions of taking this tournament and match seriously. The Dutchman will be without several of his usual starters with Josef Martinez out on international duty and Julian Gressel, Brad Guzan and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez already confirmed to not be traveling, according to the AJC. It’s also highly unlikely we see Ezequiel Barco who is just coming back from the U-20 World Cup.
Atlanta are permitted to only use five international players in U.S. Open Cup games. De Boer hinted to Doug Roberson that three of those five could be Dion Pereira, Franco Escobar and Eric Remedi.
The Battery sit a modest 8th in the USL Championship Eastern conference. They have five wins, five draws and three losses during their league season so far. Charleston defeated the Birmingham Legion in the third round to reach this stage.
We’re back in action. It’s time to catch some cup fever!
Atlanta United’s Lineup:
Charleston Battery’s Lineup:
How to Watch
Venue: Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Advertised Kickoff Time: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7 p.m.
Available TV: None
Available Streaming: ESPN+ (Free Trial)
Available Radio: None
Pre-match coverage: None
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