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TFC Back to the CCC
December 17, 2009, 11:19 PM
Filed under: Carolina Challenge Cup, DC United, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC

The 2009 Major League Soccer champions, Real Salt Lake return to Charleston in March to compete in the 2010 edition of the Charleston Battery’s pre-season tournament, the Carolina Challenge Cup. RSL won the Carolina Challenge Cup in 2009 and went on to win their first MLS Cup defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy in a penalty-shootout.

Major League Soccer’s DC United and Toronto FC also make return visits to the tournament. It will be DC’s fifth appearance in the Carolina Challenge Cup and Toronto’s fourth. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Charleston Battery has hosted its pre-season tournament featuring Major League Soccer.

All three MLS teams will spend the week in Charleston, SC, training between the games as they prepare for the start of the Major League Soccer season.

The competition format will remain unchanged in 2010 with three match day’s each featuring a double-header. The games will be played on Saturday (March 13), Wednesday (March 17) and Saturday (March 20), with each team playing the other in a round-robin tournament.

Tickets for the 2010 Carolina Challenge Cup are on sale now with prices frozen at 2009 levels ($15 – $25, (843) 971-GOAL (4625) / www. Charlestonbattery.com). Charleston Battery Season Ticket holders receive complimentary tickets to all three Carolina Challenge Cup doubleheaders.

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TFC beat D.C. United 2-1
March 11, 2009, 8:55 PM
Filed under: Carolina Challenge Cup, Chad Barrett, DC United, Dwayne DeRosario, Toronto FC

Toronto FC recorded their second win at the Carolina Challenge Cup by beating D.C. United 2-1 at Blackbaud Stadium on Wednesday. Chad Barrett and Dwayne De Rosario scored first half goals for Toronto as the Reds moved onto six points in the tournament standings.

TFC dominated the first half and had a number of early chances to score, including a Dwayne De Rosario shot from an Amado Guevara free kick after Chad Barrett had been hauled down on the edge of the penalty area.

The Reds fans didn’t have to wait long to see their side go in front. Toronto took the lead in the 21st minute when Barrett headed in from a pinpoint cross by De Rosario on the right wing. Barrett almost doubled the lead soon after with a thunderous volley that was saved by D.C. United goalkeeper Milos Kocic.

The Reds scored a second goal in the 35th minute when Amado Guevara was fouled in the penalty area by Dejan Jakovic. De Rosario scored from the spot for his second goal of the tournament. Toronto had to settle for a 2-0 lead at half time but if could have been more. Kocic kept out a strike by Barrett after good work by Vitti, and Vitti was again the supplier with a good feed for Ricketts who shot wide unchallenged from close range.

In stoppage time Reds goalkeeper Greg Sutton made a good stop on Luciano Emilio to ensure the two goal advantage was maintained, but United pulled a goal back shortly after the break when Thabiso Khumalo set up Chris Pontius to make it 2-1. The goal sparked D.C. info life and they had the better of the possession in the opening stages of the second half. Emilio almost tied the game from close range but he was again denied by Sutton.

The Reds introduced trialist Souleymane Mamam with 14 minutes remaining. The Togo international midfielder has been training with the team in Charleston this week. Fuad Ibrahim and Danny Dichio also came into the game. The substitutions seemed to slow the pace and Toronto were able to take control of the possession again. D.C. United almost made it 2-2 in stoppage time with Francis Doe finding space in the penalty area but he fired a shot against the bar.

Toronto FC close the tournament with a game against Real Salt Lake on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live online on Toronto FC TV.

Scoring summary:

TFC 2: Barrett 21, De Rosario (pen) 35
D.C. United 1: Pontius 48

TFC line up: Sutton, Wynne, Serioux, Harmse, Brennan, De Rosario, Guevara, Cronin, Ricketts (Mamam 76), Barrett (Dichio 78), Vitti (Ibrahim 72)

D.C. United: Kocic, Mediate (Birch 46), Janicki, Jakovic, Wallace, Olsen (N’Silu 46), Simms (Jacobson 46), Gomez (Khumalo 46), Pontius, Moreno (McTavish 46), Emilio (Doe 62)

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TFC face D.C. United in S.C.
March 11, 2009, 7:31 AM
Filed under: Carolina Challenge Cup, DC United, Toronto FC

Toronto FC take on D.C. United in the Carolina Cup at Blackbaud Stadium on Wednesday. Kick off is at 5:00 p.m. live on Toronto FC TV. You can also follow the game through the live match blog on TorontoFC.ca.

TFC won their opening match of the tournament on Saturday beating hosts Charleston Battery 2-1 with goals from Dwayne De Rosario and Rohan Ricketts. Adrian Serioux is to play against D.C. despite being sent off on Saturday for receiving two yellow cards. Pablo Vitti could miss the match although he has been training with the team. The Argentine striker was kept out of the win over Charleston as a precaution after picking up a slight knock.

Reds coach John Carver is expected to field a similar team to the one the one that started on Saturday. “I won’t be making many changes because it’s all about the guys who might be starting against Kansas City getting as many minutes as they can,” he said.

De Rosario was pleased with the performance against the Battery but is expecting a tougher test against MLS opposition. “The win over Charleston was a great way for us to start off the tournament,” he said. “I’ve won this tournament before so I am looking to do the same this time around. I am very much looking forward to the game against D.C. United. They are our rivals from the Eastern Conference so it will be a tougher test for us. Hopefully we can set the pace and put some fear into them for when we meet them later in the season.”

D.C. United come into the game having lost 3-0 to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. United finished the game with nine men after having Dejan Jakovic and Anthony Peters sent off. They also lost three players through injury including goalkeeper Louis Crayton.

Following the TFC game, hosts Charleston Battery will take on Real Salt Lake in the fourth game of the Carolina Cup. Should two or more teams be deadlocked at the conclusion of round-robin play on Saturday, goal differential will determine the winner of the tournament.

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