Preview: Charleston Battery vs. New York Red Bulls II

After three games at home, New York Red Bulls II will head to South Carolina to face Charleston Battery at the MUSC Health Stadium on Saturday night. The last time the two teams faced off the Red Bulls came out with a decisive 5-2 win, on the back of goals from Brian White, Ben Mines, Andrew Tinari, and Armando Moreno (2). As one of the highest-scoring teams in the league this season, New York Red Bulls II will hope to put on a goal-scoring display against their Eastern Conference rivals on Saturday night.

New York Red Bulls II have had a shaky run of matches recently, recording only a single win in their last five games. Sitting only a single point above both Ottawa Fury and Nashville in the Eastern Conference standings, a result against Charleston Battery will be crucial to the team’s playoff chances later this season. Of note, Anatole Abang returned to the side in their last match against North Carolina and performed admirably. Once he gets re-acclimated to the team’s high-octane style of soccer, signature to Red Bulls teams, he will surely be a helpful addition to the side’s already full roster of attacking options this season.

Charleston Battery have had a successful season thus far, sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. After losing for the first time in months to Cincinnati in their last match, the Battery will be eager to rebound with a result at home against a shaky New York Red Bulls II side. Having been shut out in a number of their recent matches as well, a focus on attacking play and getting on the score sheet early will be a priority for the South Carolinian side.

The Red Bulls will look to continue their excellent run of form against Charleston Battery away from home on Saturday night. As both teams look to cement their positions in the USL 2018 Playoffs, and possibly exact revenge after last year’s playoff bout, Saturday night’s match will surely be a high-intensity affair from both sides.

Match Information

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Kick-off: 19:00 (ET) | 00:00 (BST)

Venue: MUSC Health Stadium (capacity: 5,100)

Referee: Matt Franz

Broadcasting: ESPN+ (USA) | YouTube (International)

Previous Meetings

09.24.16: Charleston Battery 1-2 New York Red Bulls II

05.28.17: New York Red Bulls II 2-1 Charleston Battery

08.12.17: Charleston Battery 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

10.21.17: Charleston Battery 0-4 New York Red Bulls II

03.31.18: New York Red Bulls II 5-2 Charleston Battery

Current Form

New York Red Bulls II

Cincinnati 2-1 (A) | Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-2 (A) | Penn  1-2 (H) | Louisville City 4-6 (H) | North Carolina 2-2 (H)

Charleston Battery

Richmond Kickers 0-3 (H) | North Carolina 0-0 (A) | Tampa Bay Rowdies 0-0 (A) | Atlanta United 2 0-1 (H) | Cincinnati 3-0 (A)

Team News

New York Red Bulls II

Injured: Tommy Redding (shoulder)

Charleston Battery

N/A

Predicted Line-ups

New York Red Bulls II

Louro

Yannes – Ndam – Escobar – Stauffer

Echeverria – Lema

Aguinaga – Tinari – Stroud

Abang

Charleston Battery

Kuzminsky

Thomas – Mueller – Hackshaw

Woodbine – Anunga – Candela – van Schalk

Wild – Higashi

Guerra

Score Prediction

Charleston Battery 1-3 New York Red Bulls II

[Photo: New York Red Bulls II]

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