Photo courtesy Charleston Battery
MIAMI, Fla. – The Charleston Battery announced on Wednesday national broadcaster beIN Sports had acquired the U.S. television rights for the 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup. The network will broadcast the entirety of the tournament, which kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 17, live from MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
One of historic preseason tournaments in North American soccer, this year’s Challenge Cup features the host Battery of the USL and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, Columbus Crew SC and Minnesota United. 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.”
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 14th iteration of the Carolina Challenge Cup will feature some of Major League Soccer’s best players including Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United), Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew SC), and Kevin Molino (Minnesota United). Returning to Challenge Cup for the second consecutive year, Atlanta and Columbus will bring new faces including U.S. Men’s National Team players Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United) and Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC) plus MLS record signing Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United).
2018 Carolina Challenge Cup
Saturday, February 17th
Atlanta United FC vs. Columbus Crew SC, 5 p.m. ET
Charleston Battery vs. Minnesota United FC, 7:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, February 21st
Charleston Battery vs. Columbus Crew SC, 5 p.m. ET
Atlanta United FC vs. Minnesota United FC, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, February 24th
Columbus Crew SC vs. Minnesota United FC, 5 p.m. ET
Charleston Battery vs. Atlanta United FC, 7:30 p.m. ET