as they fell at home for the second time and remain without a goal through three games on the young season. The Battery got two in the first half and a third late for the win on the road, where they are a perfect 2-0.
Charlotte nearly found their first goal in the 17th minute, but Joseph Kabwe’s effort denied with a great diving save from Andrew Dykstra, who returned to the Battery on loan from DC United last week. Hero in the season opener, Jose Cuevas served a cross in the 23rd minute that Tony Donatelli, who drove it past Eric Reed to open the scoring. A minute before the break Ryan Richter made a fantastic play on his own, beating the Eagles defense in a counter-attack and firing past Reed.
The Eagles came into closer to getting their first tally with MISL and longtime USL star Mauricio Salles banging a volley off the crossbar early in the second half. Salles created another chance in the 64th that went for naught. Ten minutes later Nicki Patterson nearly beat Reed when he was unable to hold onto the hard shot initially. It was another counter with three minutes left that allowed sub JC Mack to notch the final goal, a rebound finish after Reed had stopped a shot from Richter.
USL Pro News: Orlando City’s John Rooney was named the USL Pro Player of the Week for his two goals and assist versus Wilmington. USL Pro also unveiled the Team of the Week… Orlando adds a Super-20 League side to its youth structure.
PDL Signings: Mississippi Brilla brought three Brazilians who were All-Americans at Missouri's Hannibal-Langrange College. The team will definitely have a Brazilian feel with another joining from local Belhaven College; Gui Brandao, who played for Baton Rouge a year ago... Ocean City, meanwhile, picked up six players from the Lower Merion Soccer club, a highly successful USL Super-20 club in Pennsylvania - that now play at Brown University, Mount St Mary's, Otero CC, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon.
W-League Signing: Another day, another US international signs for a W-League side. This time it is the Pali Blues adding Whitney Engen to the roster.