Columbus Crew SC is set to play in the Carolina Challenge Cup preseason tournament next February. The Carolina Challenge Cup returns to Charleston, S.C., after a one-year hiatus, in February 2017. The United Soccer League's Charleston Battery will welcome Major League Soccer’s Crew SC, Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United to MUSC Health Stadium for the historic preseason tournament.
This year’s Carolina Challenge Cup will be the 13th staging of the tournament, and fourth all-time for the Black & Gold. Crew SC won the first ever Carolina Challenge Cup in 2004 and returned in 2005 and 2012. Crew SC is 3-2-2 in Carolina Challenge Cup matches, including a 2-0-1 mark against the host Battery.
MLS expansion side Atlanta United will play some of its first matches against MLS competition in Charleston.
The four participating teams will play in a round-robin style tournament over the course of three days:
Saturday, February 18
Charleston Battery vs. Columbus Crew SC (4:30 p.m.)
Atlanta United vs. Seattle Sounders (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 22
Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew SC (5 p.m.)
Charleston Battery vs. Seattle Sounders (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, February 25
Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew SC (4:30 p.m.)
Charleston Battery vs. Atlanta United (7 p.m.)
Tickets for the 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup will be available for purchase beginning on November 25. Single-game tickets start at $30 and series passes start at $60. Special rates for groups of 15 or more are available. To purchase on November 25th, visit charlestonbattery.com. Tickets will be available for purchase over the phone starting November 28 by calling the Charleston Battery box office, 843-971-4625.
A complete 2017 preseason schedule for Crew SC will be released at a later date.