Carolina Challenge Cup

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Charleston vs. Seattle, Carolina Challenge Cup 2014. Kim Morgan Gregory photo.

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The Battery came up with the idea of inviting teams from Major League Soccer to Charleston for a week of preseason training and competition in the early years of the 21st century, then pioneered the format of the lower-division preseason invitational tournament with the first Carolina Challenge Cup in 2004.

Over the years, the popular round-robin tournament has showcased many of the greatest players in North American soccer at Charleston’s Blackbaud Stadium. The drama unfolds over three doubleheader nights as the Battery and three MLS sides compete for the Cup, awarded each year to the team that secures the most points.

For soccer fans in Charleston — and the traveling fans of the three MLS clubs — Carolina Challenge Cup is typically a three-night celebration of the beautiful game, often marked by an upbeat, festival-like atmosphere.

In 2014 the Battery announced a historic partnership with MLS to promote the tournament. Local travel and tourism officials saw CCC’s value as well, and lined up behind the event in support. And the 2015 field stands out as one of the most exciting lineups in tournament history, featuring the first-ever meeting between expansion clubs NYCFC and Orlando City S.C., plus the third consecutive CCC appearance by two-time MLS Cup champions Houston Dynamo.

TICKETS

Tickets for the 2015 tournament went on public sale on Monday, Dec. 1. To order tickets, click here.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, Feb. 21

Charleston Battery vs. Houston Dynamo, 5 p.m.; 

New York FC vs. Orlando City S.C., 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Houston Dynamo vs. New York FC, 5 p.m.

Charleston Battery vs. Orlando City S.C., 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Orlando City S.C. vs. Houston Dynamo, 5 p.m.

Charleston Battery vs. New York FC, 7:30 p.m.

HOTELS

We’ve worked with three local hotels — Wyndham Garden Mount Pleasant, Comfort Suites Isle of Palms Connector and Doubletree North Charleston — to secure great rates for CCC15 fans.

Wyndham Garden Mount Pleasant is offering rooms with breakfast for $119 a night if reserved by Jan. 30th. Contact Judy Parsons at 843-352-5151, or jparsons@wyndhamgardenmtpleasant.com.

Comfort Suites IOP Connector has rooms from Feb. 23 to March 1 at $109. Use promo code CCC2015 to make reservations 30 days prior. Contact Kasey King at 843-216-8981 or kaseyking@staysuburban.com.

Doubletree North Charleston will have rooms for $109. Use promo code CHS until Feb. 5. Contact Jon Sedgwick at 843-518-6200 x 6732, or jon.sedgwick@hilton.com.

SPONSORS

Carolina Challenge Cup 2015 is presented in cooperation with Major League Soccer and sponsored by the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of North Charleston, the Town of Mount Pleasant, and the City of Charleston.

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