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Carolina Challenge Cup matches to be broadcast on beIN SPORTS

MIAMI, Fla. – beIN SPORTS has acquired the U.S. television rights for the 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup, providing a national television audience for Columbus Crew SC's matches in the preseason tournament. The national sports network will broadcast the entirety of the tournament live at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. For information on how to watch, please visit www.beINSPORTS.com.

Crew SC will defend it's 2017 trophy against Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC as well as hosts Charleston Battery (United Soccer League) for the 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup. After going unbeaten in the 2017 event, Crew SC makes the trip to South Carolina as the defending champion of the exhibition tournament.

Viewers can tune-in to all six of the tournament’s matches LIVE on beIN SPORTS.

“We’re obviously really excited to partner with beIN SPORTS for Challenge Cup,” said Charleston Battery Chairman Eric Bowman. “Our preseason tournament was the first of its kind when we started it in 2004. Fast forward 14 years and it will be televised nationally, which speaks to how far it’s come and the growing popularity of the USL and MLS brands.”

The Black & Gold travel to Charleston for the CCC from February 17 -24. The four participating teams will play in a round-robin style tournament over the course of three days. Ticket information for the 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup is now available.

Carolina Challenge Cup Schedule

Feb. 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Crew SC vs. Atlanta United FC (CCC)

Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Crew SC vs. Charleston Battery (CCC)

Feb. 24 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Crew SC vs. Minnesota United FC (CCC)

beIN SPORTS is a world-class sports network that broadcasts international sporting events across multiple platforms to millions of viewers. beIN SPORTS is home to major soccer competitions including LaLiga, Serie A, Ligue 1, and CONMEBOL/CONCACAF/CAF World Cup Qualifiers.

The Major League Soccer regular season will kick off just days after the conclusion of the CCC and Crew SC's preseason, with Crew SC opening their season on the road at Toronto FC on March 3. Following that 2017 Eastern Conference Championship rematch, Crew SC returns to MAPFRE Stadium to host the Montreal Impact on March 10, 2018

In 2017, Crew SC returned to the postseason for the third time in four years and reached the Eastern Conference Championship for the second time in four seasons under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.

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