Carolina Challenge Cup Update

Houston Dynamo in MLS Eastern Conference Championship game – Saturday, November 23 – 7:30 PM (NBCSN)
After eliminating the top-seeded New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals the Houston Dynamo tied 0-0 with Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship.  Houston and KC play on Saturday to decide which team will advance to MLS Cup.  Watch the game live on Saturday starting at 7:30 PM live on NBC Sports.

Sounders make former Battery midfielder Osvaldo Alonso their newest DP
Seattle Sounders FC has signed midfielder Osvaldo Alonso to a multi-year contract. Alonso will occupy one of Seattle’s Designated Player spots.

“Ozzie is the ultimate competitor who has given everything to Sounders FC,” said Sounders FC Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. “His passion for the game of soccer and his drive to be the best are validated by being named team MVP four-consecutive seasons by his teammates. Ozzie is a key building block for our club and we are happy to sign him to a long-term contract extension.”

Alonso, 28, has been a steady presence in Seattle’s midfield since signing with the club on January 27, 2009 from the Charleston Battery. He is a three-time MLS-All Star and was named Sounders FC MVP for four consecutive seasons.

Seattle Sounders FC and USMNT midfielder Brad Evans signs new contract
Seattle Sounders FC has re-signed midfielder Brad Evans to a multi-year contract.  Evans, 28, has been a consistent starter for Sounders FC since 2009, ranking third in club history in games played (112), games started (103), goals (17), assists (19) and fourth in minutes (8,900). He is one of just four players to make over 100 appearances for Sounders FC, and has been capped 16 times by the U.S. National Team.

“My goal was to stay in Seattle and I’m very excited to continue my career here,” said Evans. “It’s always an honor to play for this city and these fans. I can’t wait to get back to work with my teammates to prepare for the 2014 season.”

Tickets on sale for Carolina Challenge Cup
Charleston, SC.  Tickets for the 2014 Carolina Challenge Cup featuring Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, D.C. United and Houston Dynamo are on sale now. Carolina Challenge Cup tickets are included in all 2014 Charleston Battery season ticket packages.  Season Ticket packages are on sale now starting at only $120.  Individual tickets (includes 2 games) are available starting at just $15 with discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC will make a first appearance in the Carolina Challenge Cup at Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, SC, February 22 – March 1, 2014.  The Sounders will be joined by current U.S. Open Cup champions D.C. United, MLS’s Houston Dynamo and USL PRO’s Charleston Battery for the 11th edition of the prestigious week long round-robin tournament.

To purchase tickets online please visit www.charlestonbattery.com; for more information or to purchase tickets via phone please call the Charleston Battery Box Office at (843) 971-GOAL (4625).

2014 Carolina Challenge Cup schedule
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Houston Dynamo vs. DC United – 5 PM
Charleston Battery vs. Seattle Sounders – 7:15 PM

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo – 5 PM
Charleston Battery vs. DC United – 7:15 PM

Saturday, March 1, 2014
DC United vs. Seattle Sounders – 5 PM
Charleston Battery vs. Houston Dynamo – 7:15 PM