Battery to face Timbers U-23 team in Open Cup

The Battery's Ben Fisk runs for the ball as Antigua's Randolph Burton chases him during their home opener Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Blackbaud Stadium. (Paul Zoeller/postandcourier.com)

Paul Zoeller

The Charleston Battery will take on the Portland Timbers U-23 team in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night.

The game, which will be played in Portland, is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m.

The Timbers, a USL PDL team, defeated the Sacramento Gold, an amateur team, 3-2, earlier this week to advance to the second round. If Charleston defeats the Timbers, they would face Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquake on May 28 at Blackbaud Stadium.

Former Charleston Battery defender Mark Watson, is an assistant coach for the Earthquake.

The 100th edition of the U.S. Open Cup features 68 teams, the largest field in the modern era (1995 to present), eclipsing the previous record of 64 teams set a year ago. The field includes all 16 U.S.-based Major League Soccer teams.

The Battery has never won a U.S. Open Cup title but advanced to the final in 2008 and the semifinal on three occasions (1999, 2004, 2008). In 2012, the Battery lost 3-0 to the MLS’ New York Red Bulls in the third round.