Jacksonville Armada (NASL) 2, Charleston Battery (USL) 1 (a.e.t)
Welcoming the Charleston Battery to Southern Oak Stadium, Jacksonville Armada found the game’s first goal when a quick free kick caught the visitors off guard and after some maneuvering, saw Patrick Otte chip home in the 11th minute. Undeterred, Charleston responded against the run of play as Romario Williams’ lob picked out Chris Tsonis, who chested down at the top of the area before burying his effort inside the left post in the 22nd minute. After a scoreless second half, the match pushed into extra time where Alex Dixon’s back heel to Alhassane Keita provided the Armada with a 108th minute goal as well as the club’s first-ever U.S. Open Cup victory. With the 2-1 win, Jacksonville moves on to host Orlando City SC in Fourth Round play on June 15.
Charleston Battery (USL) at Jacksonville Armada FC (NASL)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. ET; Southern Oak Stadium (Jacksonville Univ.); Jacksonville, Fla.
Charleston Battery Previous Appearances (Best Finish): 17th appearance (2008: Finalist)
Jacksonville Armada Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Second appearance (2015: Third Round)
- Though they fell 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 2-2 draw with The Villages SC in Second Round play, Charleston protested the result claiming their opponent’s use of an ineligible player. The protest was upheld, gaining Charleston advancement to the Third Round.
- The Charleston Battery return to the Open Cup hoping to improve upon their Fourth Round run in 2015. On the way, they defeated Miami United FC 1-0 in Second Round play and Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-2 in Third Round play before falling 8-7 on penalty kicks to Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC, following a wild, 4-4 draw.
- The Jacksonville Armada open their second U.S. Open Cup campaign after falling in the Third Round last year in a 3-0 defeat to the Richmond Kickers.
- Jacksonville is coached by former U.S. international Tony Meola who won the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with the Kansas City Wizards.
- Jacksonville has a 1-5-2 record (five pts.), placing them 11th in the NASL’s Spring Season table. Charleston holds a 5-3-3 record (18 pts.), good enough for fourth place in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
- Should Charleston win, they will host Orlando City SC in Fourth Round play. Should Jacksonville be victorious, they would visit Orlando City SC. Either match would be played on June 15.