Feb. 18, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University men's soccer team will face five professional clubs – including Major League Soccer’s D.C. United and Seattle Sounders – as part of its six-match, spring exhibition schedule as announced by Chanticleer head coach Shaun Docking Tuesday.
"We are very excited to play a six-match spring schedule, including five against professional opponents from the MLS and USL Pro ranks," said Docking. "This type of schedule will continue to prepare our program and players to play at the next level and gauge their abilities against professional players and teams from across the country.
"Many of our student-athletes come to our program because they want to play professional soccer after their time here at Coastal Carolina. We, as a staff, feel a spring schedule such as this helps prepare our guys for that challenge more than most collegiate programs across the country."
The Chanticleers, who are coming off an NCAA-best 19-win season, a second consecutive NCAA Tournament Round of 16 appearance, and Big South regular season and tournament championships, will open their spring schedule with an exhibition against the Charleston Battery of the USL Pro division on Feb. 19 in Charleston, S.C.
Coastal will play its first of two exhibitions against MLS clubs on Feb. 23 against D.C. United and then play the Seattle Sounders on March 1. Both matches will be contested in Charleston, S.C., at Blackbaud Stadium. D.C. United totaled a 3-24-7 overall mark last season, while the Sounders posted a 15-12-7 record en route a to Western Conference Semifinals appearance.
Coastal fans will have the opportunity to see the Chanticleers on their home field for the first time in 2014 when the USL Pro’s Wilmington Hammerheads come to town on March 19.
The program will hold its annual alumni match on April 12, pitting current Chanticleers against past Coastal greats.
The Chanticleers conclude their spring exhibition schedule on April 18 in Charlotte, N.C., against the Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro).
2014 Coastal Carolina Spring Schedule
Wed., Feb. 19 at Charleston Battery (USL Pro), Charleston, S.C. - Blackbaud Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 23 vs. D.C. United (MLS), Charleston, S.C. - Blackbaud Stadium, 6 p.m.
Sat., March 1 vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS), Charleston, S.C. – Blackbaud Stadium, 10:30 a.m.
Wed., March 19 vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro), Conway, S.C. – CCU Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sat., April 12 vs. CCU Alumni, Conway, S.C. – CCU Soccer Stadium, 4 p.m.
Fri., April 18 at Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro), Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park – Charlotte, N.C., 7 p.m.