The Charleston Battery will compete for the Old Guard Shield in 2017, a fan competition set up between The Regiment and fans in the league’s four other oldest clubs, and the brainchild of Pittsburgh’s Steel Army’s Dan Yost.
The Flower City Stampede of Rochester, Richmond’s River City Red Army, Pittsburgh’s Steel Army, and Harrisburg’s Capital City Crew join The Regiment in this new fan-run competition which will commemorate the tradition set by the five oldest clubs in the USL.
Yost began mentioning it to the supporters clubs around Thanksgiving, with Harrisburg joining the fun not long after, and a website and a 20 game schedule was soon launched, opening on 4/8 when Harrisburg visit MUSC Health Stadium and ending on 10/7, with Rochester visiting Pittsburg and the Battery host Harrisburg again.
The Shield comes to fruition in the year that the Battery celebrate their 25th anniversary, and so it’s fitting that we’re involved in something that’s all about tradition.
The Battery and the Regiment will still be a part of the Southern Derby Cup, and the dates for that competition will be announced very soon.
You can follow the Old Guard Shield on twitter here and look forward to the first year of the hunt for the shield in 2017.