Thursday, April 25, 2019

Charleston Battery Hosts 15th Annual Carolina Challenge Cup

Andrew Khoury is a kinesiology student at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. Andrew Khoury also serves as a setup manager at the Charleston Battery, a professional soccer club based in South Carolina. He stays updated with the exciting games and the biggest soccer events in the area.

The Carolina Challenge Cup (CCC) is an annual soccer competition held in Charleston over three days. The event features the Charleston Battery and three teams from the Major League Soccer (MLS). The 2019 edition saw the Battery play against the Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew SC, and Football Club Cincinnati last February. The four teams competed in a round-robin tournament for a total of six games ahead of the Major League Soccer and United League Soccer seasons.

Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire both finished the tournament with one win and two ties. The Charleston Battery team could not manage a victory over the major league squads, though they drew a 1-1 tie with the Columbus Crew.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Charleston Battery Sign Jamaican Forward Nicque Daley

A resident of South Carolina, Andrew Khoury is pursuing a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at Charleston Southern University. In addition to focusing on his education, Andrew Khoury works as a setup manager for the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League (USL).

The Battery expects to have improved scoring depth for the 2019 USL Championship season after signing Jamaican forward Nicque Daley. The signing was made official March 22 and Daley was expected to join the team following federation and league approval. Daley spent the majority of the 2018 season playing with Clarendon College in his native Jamaica, where he led the team to an undefeated, DaCosta Cup-winning season by scoring 21 goals. He also scored a pair of goals in 14 games for Cavalier SC of the Jamaican National Premier League. 

In addition to college and club games, Daley has represented Jamaica on the international stage at the U-17 and U-20 levels. Through five matches at the 2018 CONCACAF Championships, the 18 year old scored six goals, four of which came in a game against Saint Martin, and added two assists. He also led the team in shots with 24. The addition of Daley gives the Battery five forwards, with the others being Arthur Bosua, Ian Svantesson, Ataulla Guerra, and Zeiko Lewis.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Understanding the Offside Rule in Soccer

Andrew Khoury is a kinesiology student at Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, South Carolina. During his time in high school at Oak Hill, Andrew Khoury, a standout soccer player, was named captain of the soccer team and most valuable player for the 2012-13 season. Away from his studies, he serves the Charleston Battery soccer team in South Carolina as a stadium- and field-setup manager.

The offside rule is one of soccer’s most complex and, at times, controversial rules. An offside infraction is called when an offensive player receives a pass or otherwise handles the ball while positioned closer to the opposing goal line than the ball and the last defender, with the exception of the goalkeeper. The rule has been designed to prevent offensive players from staying near the goal and receiving long distance passes that lead to easy scoring opportunities.

There are a few aspects of the offside rule that players and spectators should be familiar with. For example, a ruling of this kind cannot be made on a throw-in pass, nor can it be made when a player is in his or her own half of the field. It should also be noted that a player isn’t called offside based purely on positioning. For instance, a player engaged in a fast break alongside teammates can run ahead of the play so long as the player is not targeted by a teammate’s pass.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Look at Soccer's 3-3-1-3 Formation

Andrew Khoury is working toward a degree in kinesiology at Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, South Carolina. A setup manager for the Charleston Battery, a professional soccer team in South Carolina, Andrew Khoury enjoys playing soccer and following international play.

In the sport of soccer, teams coordinate defensive assignments and offensive strategies based on a chosen formation, also known as a set, which are named after their structures. For example, the common 4-4-2 formation features four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards, plus the goalkeeper. In some cases, teams may implement rare or unusual formations in order to take advantage of a specific skill set or to surprise opponents.

One of the more notable examples of a less common formation being put to good use occurred during the 1994-5 AFC Ajax season, over the course of which head coach Louis van Gaal’s team, also called Ajax, utilized the rarely used 3-3-1-3 set. In this formation, the goalkeeper is bolstered by three defenders, who are further supported by a trio of staggered midfield players. On the opposite end of the field, three forwards press a strong offensive attack. What makes the formation truly unique is the single player between the midfield and attack zone, who assumes a free role.

The 3-3-1-3 set not only captured the attention of the soccer world, but helped Ajax capture the Champions League title. Ajax also went undefeated in winning the Dutch league championship using the innovative tactic.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Ballon d’Or Recognizes Soccer Greats