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BANTAMS Host Carolina Dynamo at W.C. Hawkins in Season Finale

By · July 17th, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801

Columbia, SC – Friday at 7:00 PM, the SC United Bantams will close out their 2014 campaign with a home match against the Carolina Dynamo at W.C. Hawkins Stadium in Irmo, where they began the 2014 campaign.

Friday’s match will be a Blue Out Blow Out, and the fans are encouraged to wear as much blue as they can in support of the Bantams.

At the sprit wear table, where, in addition to regular Bantams attire, fans can purchase authentic throwback Bantams gear, kids are invited to sign up for the Blue Cross Blue Shield PK Challenge, which will take place at halftime. The first ten kids that sign up will get a chance to take a penalty kick against Bantams keeper Brandon Costa.

The defending division champion Carolina Dynamo had their hopes of defending that title dashed on Tuesday when they drew Southern West Virginia, which put them just out of striking distance with one game left to play.

Carolina will still have a chance to grab second place with a win on Friday. Likewise, the Bantams will be playing for pride as they look to avoid finishing the 2014 campaign at the bottom of the table.

The dynamo have not traveled well this season, allowing 15 of their 22 total goals allowed, while earning a record of 1-3-2. Meanwhile, the Bantams have been excellent at home, only losing one game and scoring 80% of their season output of goals in front of their home crowd.

In two games against the Dynamo this season, the Bantams have tied one and lost one, with the draw coming at home in dramatic fashion.

Gary Winchester’s squad has shown a tremendous amount of fight at home this year and will be looking to close out the season with victory. The chance to get out of the bottom of the table, and do it in style against the defending division champions, will be more than enough motivation.

 

 

BANTAMS Fall to Battery, Future Star Shines

By · July 17th, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off
Monday, July 14, 2014
 
Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801
Columbia, SC – The SC United Bantams played their final game at USC’s Stone Stadium Tuesday night and lost to perennial USLPro contender Charleston Battery.
Out of the gate, the Bantams seemed willing to conceded space to Charleston in first two-thirds of the field but did an excellent job in their defensive third, limiting the Battery’s chances in the first half.
As the game progressed, the Bantams began to create a few opportunities of their own, but neither team could break the deadlock before halftime.
The second half was much more wide open, with both teams creating collectively better opportunities in the openly stages of the second half.
It was the Battery who were able to take advantage of their chances though, taking the lead courtesy of a penalty kick, which Maikel Chang cooly slotted home.
The Bantams looked poised to grab a late goal, but in stoppage time, a Battery counter attack set up the Bantams top scorer, Avery Ryan, who was donning the black and yellow for Charleston, for the insurance goal.
SC United will close out their season this Friday at W.C. Hawkins Stadium in Irmo, where they will host the Carolina Dynamo. Friday’s game will be a blue out and all fans are encouraged to wear as much blue as they can.

BANTAMS Close out 2014 USLPro Series with Charleston Battery, International Night at Stone Stadium

By · July 14th, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off

Monday, July 14, 2014

Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801

Columbia, SC – The SC United Bantams will play the second leg of their USLPro Series, Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM at Stone Stadium, against 2012 USLPro Champions Charleston Battery.

Prior to kickoff, the Bantams will present a plaque of appreciation to the club’s original owners Mark Riddle, Steve Freiburger, Rob Strickland, Van Taylor, and Aaron Taylor.

During halftime, members of the Junior Academy will be invited to participate in small-sided (3v3 or 4v4) matches on the field.

The evening will also feature an international theme, highlighted by a myriad of international food trucks including VIPFruitArt, a Romanian hamburger stand, the Wurst Wagon, who will still be celebrating Germany’s World Cup victory, San Jose’s, and Rita’s Ice.

Founded in 1993, the Battery are one of the perennial contenders in the USLPro, the third division of American Professional Soccer, and their 2012 title was the fourth in the club’s illustrious history.

Charleston struggled in the middle of the season, losing four of six games from May 10 to June 21, three of which were shutouts. With 12 games left to play, the Battery find themselves in the bottom half of the table, in danger of finishing worse than fifth for the first time since 2007.

Of their seven losses, six have come on the road, meaning this 12-game final stretch, which features seven home games, will give the Battery a chance to propel themselves out of the bottom half of the league.

In 16 matches so far, the Battery have scored 16 goals and allowed 17, with their 16 goals being scored by 11 different players, none of whom have more than two goals. Starting goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper has played in 14 games and allowed 15 goals with 35 saves.

After the Bantams draw with the Eagles in the first leg of their USLPro Series last Monday, Coach Gary Winchester will be confident that he can get a good performance out of his side.

BANTAMS Host River City Rovers at Spring Valley

By · July 9th, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801

Columbia, SC – Thursday July 10, the SC United Bantams (2-8-2) will host the River City Rovers (3-5-3) for the second time this season. The match will be played at Spring Valley High School, the next stop on the Bantams “One Community Tour”, at 7:00 PM.

The Bantams have only lost one match at home during the 2014 campaign and will be looking to continue their impressive run of play against a team whom they have already beaten at home this season.

The Rovers are second the last in the league, with 12 points and have a game in hand over the last place Bantams (eight points), and both teams have comparable statistics (the Bantams have scored 14 and allowed 23 goals while the Rovers have scored 16 and allowed 20 goals).

River City’s top scorers Alejandro Garcia and Dylan Terry have five goals apiece, while the Bantams’ scoring has been much more spread out, with 12 different players scoring at least one goal. The Bantams top scorer, Avery Ryan, has three goals on the season.

These two teams have split their two matchups to this point, with the Bantams winning 5-2 on May 29 at home and lost 0-1 on June 28 on the road at Woehrle Field.

With only two league games for the Bantams and three for the Rovers, this rubber match will be crucial in determining whether SC United and River City will finish in the top half or bottom half of the division.

The Bantams seems to have hit their stride and look like a different team after changing their tactical approach at the tail end of their Cincinnati-Louisville road-trip. This change sparked a 2-1 defeat over the division leaders, the Cincinnati Dutch Lions, as well as an impressive 1-1 draw against USLPro side, Charlotte Eagles.

Injuries may come into play for the Bantams on Thursday however, as Anthony Gonzalez and Austin Savage are currently sidelined with injuries.

The matchup with River City separates the two matches of the Bantams’ USLPro Series, which will resume on Tuesday at Eugene Stone III Stadium (USC), as the Bantams welcome the Charleston Battery to town.

 

BANTAMS Draw USLPro Side Charlotte Eagles on Christian Youth Night

By · July 9th, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801

Columbia, SC – The SC United Bantams played to a 1-1 draw Monday night against USLPro competition Charlotte Eagles at Spring Valley High School.

Because it was an exhibition, both sides had unlimited substitutions, and the Bantams took full advantage, playing 20 different players over the course of the evening.

The starting 11 for the Bantams played the Eagles tight and, though they conceded the majority of the possession in the opening half hour, struck first in the 24th minute, with Mark Sloan firing a low, driven effort from long range that skidded past the keeper to give the Bantams a lead.

At the half, the Bantams led the Eagles in shots (6-5), were tied in corners (2-2) and had zero offsides called compared to the Eagles three.

Playing from behind, the Eagles again controlled most of the possession in the opening stages of the second half, but the Bantams bunkered in and defended well, after substituting eight of their first half starters.

Goalkeeper Brandon Costa was one of those subbed on at the half, coming on for Robert Beebe, and put on a “Man of the Match” performance grabbing seven saves and directing a defense that did well to withstand the Eagles attack for 35 minutes.

Approaching the 80-minute mark, the Bantams looked like they were going to come away with the victory, until a controversial penalty was awarded and finished by David Geno.The match ended in a 1-1 draw despite both teams fighting and throwing everything but the kitchen sink to steal a win late.

After the game, the Eagles Gui Brandao gave a moving testimony at midfield in front of both teams and a number of fans and staff, which capped off a very successful Christian Youth Night

The Bantams will be back at Spring Valley on Thursday, July 10 as they host the River City Rovers and Stone Stadium the following Tuesday for the second leg of their USLPro series against the Charleston Battery.

BANTAMS Announce 2014 USL Pro Series Against Top USL Sides Battery and Eagles

By · July 1st, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off

Monday, June 23, 2014

Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801

Columbia, SC – The SC United Bantams are excited to announce their 2014 USL Pro Series, featuring two exhibition games against top USL sides Charlotte Eagles and Charleston Battery on July 7 and 15 respectively. The games will be a part of the Bantams “One Community Tour” and will feature a Christian Youth night and International Themed night.

The United Soccer Leagues Professional Division (USL Pro) is the third division of American Professional Soccer. The Charleston Battery and Charlotte Eagles are two of the league’s ten founding members.

Since its inauguration in 2011, it has added four clubs, bringing the total number of the teams to 14, with five more clubs scheduled to join the league for the 2015 season.

The Battery won the USL Pro in 2012 while the Charlotte Eagles were runners-up in the 2013 campaign, meaning the Bantams will be facing two of the best sides in the USL Pro.

The Charlotte Eagles are owned and operated by Missionary Athletes International with a vision to do sports ministry through the platform of soccer. In accordance with the visiting Eagles’ mission, the Bantams are making the July 7 matchup Christian Youth Night. The game will be held at 7:00 PM at Spring Valley High School Soccer Stadium.

When the Charleston Battery come to town, July 15 at 7:00 PM at USC’s Eugene Stone III Stadium, the Bantams will host an international themed evening to celebrate the international community, both in Columbia as well as around the United Soccer Leagues.

These two exhibitions comprise the 2014 USL Pro series and fulfill the PDL’s scheduling criteria. These matches will provide a great opportunity for Bantams players to experience the next level of soccer, for the fans to enjoy some of the highest-level soccer in the country, and to bring together some of the bigger and more respected soccer communities in the south.

BANTAMS Host Military Appreciation Night at Stone Stadium

By · July 1st, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off

Monday, June 30, 2014

Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801

Columbia, SC – Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00 PM, the SC United Bantams will host a military appreciation evening at Eugene Stone III Stadium when the Cincinnati Dutch Lions come to town.

All military personnel receive complimentary admission with their service member ID, and all families and dependents of military receive a 50% discount on admission.

The Bantams played the Dutch Lions for the first time on Sunday in Cincinnati, losing 2-0, but they will have a chance to avenge the defeat at home, where they have played well this season.

The Dutch Lions (18 points) are second in the division behind the West Virginia Chaos (21 points) but with three games in hand Cincinnati will be in control of their own destiny down the stretch.

Cincinnati’s 18 goals scored ranks second behind West Virginia and their 10 goals conceded is the division’s best defensive mark by a comfortable margin. The Bantams meanwhile, rank last in both goals scored and goals conceded.

West Virginia handed Cincinnati their first loss of the season last Friday, while the Bantams will be searching for their first win since their 5-2 demolition of River City on May 29.

Dutch Lions and South Atlantic Division top scorer Jeff McClure has netted six goals and an assist in nine games played and could cause problems for the Bantams backline.

In the goal, Eric Osswald has started all nine matches for the Dutch Lions conceding only ten all season, for an average of just over one goal per match.

Wednesday’s game is the first of five home games to be played in July, with the next coming Monday, July 7.

BANTAMS Home Unbeaten Streak Snapped against King’s Warriors

By · June 23rd, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off

Monday, June 23, 2014

Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801

Columbia, SC – The SC United Bantams, previously unbeaten at home during the 2014 campaign, fell to the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors, 3-1, Sunday night at River Bluff High School.

The first half saw limited action, as both sides were likely still been recovering from the heartbreak that was Portugal’s last second goal to steal a draw from the United States in the World Cup.

Of the two, Southern West Virginia created the more threatening opportunities, but ultimately could get anything past the now healthy Robert Beebe.

What the first half lacked in pure excitement, it made up for it in intrigue. The King’s Warriors and the Bantams were the bottom two teams in the division, the King’s Warriors only two victories this season had come over the Bantams, and the Bantams were unbeaten at home coming into this game.

The second half got off to a hot start, with Southern West Virginia’s Elijah Ukpong slotting home a Bryan Ramirez assist to open the scoring in the 46th minute. The Bantams had avoided conceding early, which had been in an issue in previous weeks, but still conceded first.

It only took five minutes for the Bantams to respond though, and Avery Ryan beautifully finished substitute Matthew McManis’ long ball to tie the match at a goal apiece.

Ten minutes later, the visitors struck again. This time, Sam Blackman’s unassisted effort put the King’s Warriors ahead again with thirty minutes to play.

The Bantams responded well and controlled the ball for much of the next twenty minutes, creating several opportunities but ultimately lacked that final bit of conviction to draw level.

In the 81st minute, the King’s Warriors countered a Bantams attack, and Robbie Thomas’ errant tackle resulted in a penalty, which Bennie Bardales dispatched coolly.

The match finished 3-1 and the Bantams dropped to the bottom of the division, while the King’s Warriors moved into fourth, one spot ahead of River City Rovers.

SC United Bantams next home game is 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 2 at Eugene Stone III Stadium.

BANTAMS Travel to West Virginia Carrying Momentum from Unbeaten Home Stand

By · June 11th, 2014 · Filed in Blog, News, Uncategorized · Comments Off

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 Contact:  George Sasvari, General Manager: Sasvari@SCUnitedBantams.com or 407-421-5801

Columbia, SC – The SC United BANTAMS take to the road on Thursday, as they prepare to take on the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors and division-leading West Virginia Chaos.

The Bantams first trip to the Mountain State did not go as planned, as they conceded seven goals and earned zero points in two matches. Since that away game against Southern West Virginia though, the Bantams have not lost, earning five of nine potential points and have shown great offensive efficiency.

They have faced the West Virginia Chaos twice already and have a record of 0-1-1, with the draw coming in the Bantams home opener, a match that the saw the Bantams finish with 10 men.

After their hot start, West Virginia lost two of four, both on the road. While they have struggled on the road offensively, only scoring two goals in their previous three road games, they have been unstoppable at home, winning all of their games and scoring nine goals in three games.

The Bantams have shown a great deal of grit, heart, and discipline in recent weeks, coming back from multiple second deficits to earn points. It will take that kind of fight to steal a win from the Chaos on their home turf, Shoenbaum Stadium.

Southern West Virginia opened its season with a 3-1 victory over the Bantams. The King’s Warriors have not won a game since, and in that span, they have only managed three goals. The King’s Warriors have also yet to manage a clean sheet this season and have given up five goals in their last two games.

The Bantams meanwhile, have had no trouble offensively, as they have scored seven goals in their last two matches and have not been held scoreless since May 10. While their road form has been less than spectacular thus far, the Bantams are carrying the momentum of a three game unbeaten streak into the weekend.

The Bantams are primed to make significant headway in their climb up the table this weekend, especially if starting goalkeeper Robert Beebe, who has been listed as questionable for the last week, is back in goal for the first time since early May.