By: Caleb Hilliard
Memphis seek out revenge in Charleston after falling 0-1, in late April.
The Battery’s Dante Marini scored in the dying seconds of the match at AutoZone Park, to edge the 901 FC on April 27.
Over two months later, Memphis is not the same team, but neither is Charleston.
What to watch for: Charleston Battery
The Battery are 9th in the Eastern Conference, one spot clear of the final playoff spot.
After securing four wins in their first seven matches, Charleston hit a wall after their away win over Memphis.
The Battery’s early-season form has fallen off and they only have one win since April, a 3-1 victory over the Birmingham Legion FC.
The team is an enigma.
In early April they beat a strong Charlotte Independence team 2-0, the following week Charleston were crushed 3-1 by a lesser Bethlehem Steele FC team. The week after the loss, the Battery stomped Nashville SC, one of the best teams in USL, 3-1.
In late June, Charleston struggled to score and narrowly earned a draw at home to the Swope Park Rangers. A few days later, the Battery’s offense looked completely different in a 2-3 loss at Ottawa.
The bottom line is, one cannot predict how this team is going to play week-to-week.
The team’s last match against Atlanta United II was postponed so Charleston has not play since June 29.
In a team that is streaky, Jarad van Schaik has been Charleston’s rock.
The defender is the Battery’s best player at the back. His strengths are 1v1 defending and intercepting. He is also Charleston’s vocal leader.
Forward, Zeiko Lewis is Charleston’s offensive weapon.
Lewis leads his team with five goals and is tied for second on the team with two assists.
The attacking midfielder has not played since playing for his home country of Bermuda in the Gold Cup, so it is unlikely that he will play against Memphis.
What to watch for: Memphis 901 FC
What a performance last weekend. Elliot Collier hat-trick, packed AutoZone Park and the team scored the most USL goals in 901 FC history.
The win broke the 901 FC’s four-match streak without a win.
Memphis moved three spots up the table into the 14th position. A win against Charleston could move the 901 FC past Loudoun United FC into the 13th spot.
The 901 FC offense looks completely different since struggling through the first part of the season.
Collier is finding his form thanks to the addition of Brandon Allen.
Allen forces opposing defenses to mark him at all times, which creates space for players like Collier and Adam Najem.
The Memphis back-line was solid in their initial meeting against Charleston. Whenever the Battery attempted to play vertical passes, the 901 FC were in position to disrupt.
A lapse in concentration resulted in Charleston’s match-winning goal.
Head coach Tim Mulqueen will likely have his team lineup with four at the back and allow is full-backs to push forward.
Midfielder Cameron Lindley will likely lineup as the 901 FC’s holding midfielder. He has showed his ability to disrupt the opposition’s passing and his ability to play long-balls out of the back.
Kickoff is set for Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. CT. You can watch the match locally on the CW30 or on ESPN+.