CHARLESTON, SC - After a 3-2 win over USL Pro side Charleston Battery on Saturday night, Whitecaps FC return to action less than 24 hours later to face the College of Charlesto Cougars. The 2 p.m. PT preseason friendly will take place at Patriots Point Athletic Complex in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina - the 'Caps training home during their stay in South Carolina.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
College of Charleston Cougars enter 2013 with high hopes following a 2012 Southern Conference semi-final 2-1 defeat to Appalachian State. Last year the Cougars had five players, including skilled midfielder Sean daSilva, named to the All-SoCon first and second teams. Also of note, among the Cougars men's soccer alumni is former Whitecaps FC defender Wes Knight.
Rennie thinks the Cougars’ young squad will be looking to prove a lot against the ‘Caps.
“They’re a fantastic host and are taking really good care of us, but we know it will be a big match for us,” said Rennie. “There are a lot of college players that aspire to play in MLS and when they play against MLS squads they want to be their best and perform well, but we have a strong squad so there’s a lot of players in our group that have something to prove as well.”
Following the friendly against College of Charleston, the team will remain in Charleston, South Carolina, to play their last two Carolina Challenge Cup matches against Houston Dynamo (February 20) and Chicago Fire (February 23). The preseason schedule will then wrap-up with a trip to Cary, North Carolina, for a match against North American Soccer League (NASL) side Carolina RailHawks (February 24).