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Match Preview: Athletic Look to Bounce Back at Charleston

By Hartford Athletic, 03/15/19, 12:00PM EDT

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Athletic Searching For First Win in Club History

After a tough 2-0 loss to Atlanta United 2 in the Club's first ever match, Hartford Athletic heads to South Carolina to take on Charleston Battery. Here's what you need to know:

HARTFORD ATHLETIC at CHARLESTON BATTERY

Date: Saturday, March 16

Time: 7:30 PM ET

Location: MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, SC

Streaming: ESPN+

Local TV: None

 

LAST TIME OUT:

Hartford conceded a goal in each half, falling to Atlanta United 2 in the first match in Club history, 2-0. Jon Gallagher struck first on the half-hour mark as a through-ball deflected kindly into his path for a sharp finish to put the hosts ahead. Hartford had chances, but with 10 minutes to go Brandon Vazquez wrapped up all three points with a shot to the right corner that took a deflection from a challenging defender. Atlanta’s victory was its second consecutive season-opening victory.

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING:

Hear what the players have to say about tomorrow's match against Charleston:

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Hartford Athletic - Philip Rasmussen MF

Coach Jimmy Nielsen held nothing back when talking about his squad's loss at Atlanta last weekend. Times like these are usually when a head coach turns to his captain to make sure his message gets across. We'll see if Rasmussen can answer an early challenge and rally his teammates on Saturday.

Charleston Battery - Ian Svantesson F

Svantesson is hard to miss, standing 6'6" at the center of Charleston's offense. Svantesson, in his second year with the Battery, poured in the equalizer for the Battery in their season opening match against Ottawa Fury FC. Svantensson scored a career high 11 goals for the Tulsa Roughnecks in 2017. 

ABOUT THE OPPONENT:

Charleston Battery is one of the most successful franchises in USL history. They have made the playoffs during each of their 8 seasons in the USL. The Club looks poised to make another run to the playoffs in 2019, returning 17 players from the 2018 squad. Ataulla Guerra, who did not play in the Club's opening match, led the team with 15 goals in 2018. 

FOLLOW ONLINE:

Updates on the match will be provided via Twitter at @hfdathletic or by following #CHSvHFD