Even before they became the official USL affiliate of the Houston Dynamo, the Charleston Battery had a long and successful history in the lower levels of American professional soccer. As a result, they will provide an incredibly difficult opponent for Toronto FC's own USL pro affiliate: Toronto FC II. In their first ever game, TFC2 will come up against a team with far more experience and history.
Waking the Red talked to Carson Merk (@BringTheAction8), who is covering the Charleston Battery for Dynamo Theory, SB Nation's Houston Dynamo blog, to get a clearer picture of what TFC2 will be up against when they kick off their season today. There are the three questions we asked him.
1. The Battery finished fifth in the league last season and have traditionally been one of the stronger sides in the league. Are they expected to once again be a playoff contender this year?
My lineup prediction would be Obi Woodbine and Quinton Griffith at fullback, Taylor Mueller and Shawn Ferguson at CB, Portillo and captain Jarad van Schaik at defensive midfield, Dante Marini, Zach Prince, Navion Boyd at the midfield and Dane Kelly upfront.