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The Charleston Battery will host Atlanta United in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup July 11 on Daniel Island.

The Charleston Battery defeated Nashville SC on penalties in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night. 

The Battery will next host Atlanta United in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 11th at 7:30 PM at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island.

Charleston and Nashville SC entered extra time knotted at 1-1 before playing out a scoreless thirty minutes to go to penalties.

Nashville SC dominated possession and attacking chances throughout the first and second half, but it was Nicque Daley and the Battery who opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Tah Brian Anunga started the play for the Battery, winning possession in the defensive third and moving the ball up field to winger Romario Piggott. Piggott played the ball into Daley who turned on defender Ken Tribbett after receiving the pass just past midfield. Daley showed his quickness and speed blowing past Tribbett and holding the Nashville defender off to create a yard or two of space in the box. It was an equally impressive shot, a curling ball that beat the outstretched arm of Connor Sparrow.

Following Daley’s opener, Nashville pressured the Battery defense for the remainder of the half but were unable to find an equalizer. Defenders Jarad van Schaik, Leland Archer, and Kyle Nelson all played 120 minutes in the win, keeping Nashville from finding an equalizer before halftime.

Coming out of half Nashville continued their controlled possession and attack and eventually found an equalizer in the 72nd minute. Kharlton Belmar scored the goal for Nashville, getting on the end of a low cross from the foot of Ropapa Mensah. Mensah found himself in a bit of space down the right side and fired a cross toward the streaking Belmar. Belmar beat Nelson to the cross and goalkeeper Philip Breno was unable to make the save.

It looked as if Nashville SC would grab a late winner in regular time, but Van Schaik and company held firm and kept Charleston in the match. Despite the low second-half possession, the Battery had two opportunities to win the match late in extra time. The first off the foot of substitute Dante Marini in the third minute of stoppage. Marini received a pass in the box and turned for a shot that was straight to Sparrow. A minute late, Lewis thought he had won it for Charleston, a curling left-footed attempt from just outside the eighteen struck the top side of the crossbar and bounced out for a goal kick.

Extra time proved to be much of the same, for both sides. Nashville worked hard to find a winner while the Battery packed in and played strong defensively. Philip Breno was the hero for Charleston in the penalty shootout. Breno stopped the first two Nashville attempts before watching Lebo Moloto’s shot hit the crossbar. Lewis, Archer, and Svantesson converted their penalties to secure the win for the Battery.

The Battery will square off against Atlanta United, the defending Major League Soccer champions, for a third straight year in the Open Cup. Atlanta United eliminated the Battery from the competition in 2017 and 2018, winning 3-2 and 3-0, respectively.

Atlanta United defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0 in the 2018 MLS Cup. Atlanta United defeated New York City FC 4-1 on aggregate in the Conference Semifinals before topping New York Red Bulls in the Conference Finals. Forward Josef Martinez was awarded MLS Cup Final MVP while also being awarded league MVP and Golden Boot winner.

It’s the first time the Battery will host Atlanta United in the Open Cup. Atlanta is no stranger to the Charleston area having participated in the 2017 and 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup; a preseason tournament hosted by the Battery at MUSC Health Stadium.

Tickets will be available at tickets.charlestonbattery.com. General admission seating starts at $15. Season tickets holders receive complimentary tickets to the match.