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Charleston Battery to host Panama City in the second round of the Open Cup

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The Charleston Battery (USL PRO) has been drawn to face the Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL) in the second round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 14th at Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island, SC with kick off set for 7:30 PM.

Tickets for the Battery’s second round U.S. Open Cup match go on sale Monday, May 5th at 10am for $5 (West Bleacher) and $10 (West Club). Three Lions Club members and season ticket holders receive complimentary tickets to this game. There will be no charge for parking; to purchase tickets please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call the Battery box office at (843) 971-GOAL (4625).

In 2013 the Charleston Battery were eliminated in the 4th round of the tournament by Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. The Battery defeated Portland Timbers U23’s (PDL) and the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) in the earlier rounds of the competition.

The Charleston Battery has never won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup but advanced to the final in 2008 and the semifinal on three occasions (1999, 2004 & 2008).

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year's winner will earn $250,000 and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn a $15,000 cash prize.

D.C. United is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having won its third tournament title (following triumphs in 1996 and 2008) after a tense 1-0 road victory over Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1, 2013. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

For more information about the tournament and for a full slate of matches please visit www.ussoccer.com.

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