Battery to host English club for third straight year

The Charleston Battery will take on Nottingham Forest in a friendly match on July 28 at Blackbaud Stadium. (Wade Spees/postandcourier.com)

For the third straight year, The Charleston Battery will take on a club from England in an exhibition match.

The Battery will face Nottingham Forest, of England’s Football League Championship division, in a friendly match in July at Blackbaud Stadium, a source confirmed to The Post and Courier on Monday.

The Football League Championship is a division below the English Premier League, which is widely considered the top professional soccer league in the world.

The game is set for July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

This will be the fourth time in the last seven years the Battery has played an exhibition match against an English team. A year ago, the Battery and Portsmouth, a team from the Championship League, played to a scoreless tie. In 2010, the Bolton Wanderers became the first EPL team to play against the Battery. The Wanderers won the match, 2-0. The Battery beat Sunderland AFC, 2-1, in an exhibition match in 2004, but the Black Cats were a member of England’s Championship League at the time. Sunderland was promoted to the EPL four years ago.

Nottingham manager Steve Cotterill is familiar with Charleston and the Battery. Cotterill was the manager of Portsmouth when they faced the Battery last summer.

The Battery will face Reading United in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup Tuesday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.

If the Battery beats Reading, it will host Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls on May 29 at Blackbaud Stadium.