The Charleston Battery will face the Panama City Beach Pirates, a professional development team, in the second round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on May 14 at Blackbaud Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
A year ago, the Battery was eliminated in the tournament's fourth round by Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake. After a first-round bye, the Battery defeated Portland Timbers U23's and the MLS' San Jose Earthquakes.
The Battery has never won the U.S. Open Cup, but advanced to the final in 2008 and the semifinal in 1999, 2004 and 2008.
The U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year's winner will earn $250,000. The runner-up will take home $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn $15,000.
Notice about comments:
The Post and Courier is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point.