In a rescheduled game played in front of an empty stadium, South Georgia Tormenta FC left South Carolina in the early afternoon with an upset win over the Charleston Battery, 1-0
Brandon Vazquez broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 110th minute, and added a second goal in stoppage time of the second extra time session, to send Atlanta United to a 3-1 win over the Charleston Battery at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.
The Charleston Batter, the last team from outside MLS to advance to the US Open Cup Final, kept their Open Cup dreams alive with a penalty kick shootout win over Nashville SC.
The Greenville Triumph seemed to dominate the first half, but the Charleston Battery found its rhythm in the second, scoring twice to lead the Battery to a 2-1 road win in Round 2 of the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
In a rematch of last year’s US Open Cup Fourth Round match, it was much more straightforward as Atlanta blanked its former USL affiliate 3-0 in front of a sold-out Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. to move on to the Round of 16 for the second year in as many tries.
“It’s very exciting to play an MLS team. You don’t really need motivation from the coach for a game like that. It’s another chance for us to test ourselves against the best in this country, so we’re excited to move on.”
For the 13th consecutive year, the Charleston Battery won their first match in US Open Cup play and advance to the next round, this year beating South Georgia Tormenta FC, 1–0 on Wednesday night.
“The positive was we found a way to get through it,” Atlanta coach Tata Martino said. “As a team, we didn’t play very well, but we were able to win due to our perseverance.”
The Charleston Battery advanced to the Fourth Round where they will face MLS expansion team Atlanta United.
The Battery will take on the NASL’s Jacksonville Armada in the Third Round on May 31. The winner of that game will travel to Atlanta to take on Major League Soccer’s newest franchise, Atlanta United in Round 4.