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How To Watch: Charlotte Independence at Charleston Battery

The second match in a three game (USL) road trip is upon Charlotte as they take on the Battery in Charleston.

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The Charlotte Independence are back in action this Saturday as they hit the road for the second match in a row and take on second in the table Charleston Battery.  It is going to be a stern test for Charlotte but a victory could see them above the red line and in playoff position.

The Goal for the Independence:  Grab a result on the road.

The USL Eastern Conference Table:

Points Game Played W L D
Rochester Rhinos 21 9 6 0 3
Charleston Battery 18 9 5 1 3
Richmond Kickers 16 6 4 1 4
Louisville City FC 15 9 4 1 3
Harrisburg City Islanders 13 7 4 2 1
Saint Louis FC 10 7 3 3 1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 9 8 2 3 3
New York Red Bulls II 9 9 2 4 3
Charlotte Independence 8 7 2 3 2
Toronto FC II 7 8 2 5 1
Wilmington Hammerheads 6 9 1 5 3
FC Montreal 3 6 1 5 0

What To Watch For:

1) The Road Woes: The Independence have yet to win on the road and are playing a quality side in the Battery who are 3-0-1 at home.  I would like to say that 'something has to give' but this looks to be a very challenging go for the Independence at it going to take a lot to get a result for Charlotte.

2) Colorado Rapids Injury Concerns: Both Caleb Calvert and John Berner are dealing with some knocks right now and it is unclear if either will be available for the match this Saturday.  Diego Restrepo would go if Berner is unable and Calvert, although featuring in all seven matches, has yet to start.

3) The OneClub Partnership: So far Charles Eloundou, Berner, Calvert, Carlos Alvarez, Marlon Hairston and Ben Newnam have been loaned to Charlotte and Hairston and Eloundou have been recalled.  It appears that the partnership between the Independence and the Rapids is working well as those guys would have struggled to see meaningful minutes this year.  And in the case of Eloundou and Hairston they were able to get their fitness back before returning.  For the first time in the history of the club, the Rapids have a legitimate partner that is helping develop the talent that is already on this roster.  And that, will benefit in the long term.

How To Watch:

Match Date/Time: Saturday, May 23 at 5:30 PM MDT

Venue: Blackbaud Stadium--Charleston, South Carolina

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