The Chicago Fire is the first Major League Soccer team to commit to playing in the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup.
The weeklong tournament, which features three MLS teams plus the Charleston Battery, the defending USL Pro champions, will be played on Feb. 16, 20 and 23 at Blackbaud Stadium.
The Fire played in last year’s event, going 1-1-0. The Battery have played the Fire two times in the U.S. Open Cup, falling both times.
Carolina Challenge Cup tickets will go on sale Dec. 3. For information call 971- 4625 or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
Chicago Fire's Patrick Nyarko (top) battles with the Battery's Stephen Armstrong in the first half of the Carolina Challenge Cup at Blackbaud Stadium Saturday. (Alan Hawes/postandcourier.com) ¬ ¬ Published Caption 3/13/11: Chicago Fire's Patrick Nyarko (top) and the Battery's Stephen Armstrong battle for the ball in the first half of the Carolina Challenge Cup on Saturday night.×