If there was a common thread slowly appearing in Loudoun United games this season, it is the inability to finish chances presented to them. And that problem (which appeared in their first game) came back to haunt them tonight as they dropped a 1-0 result to the Charleston Battery in front of 1,126 at Segra Field.
Loudoun gave midfielder Darluis Paz and goalkeeper Keegan Meyer their first starts in the USL Championship; D.C. United loanee Michael DeShields played on the right of a three-man backline and Jacob Greene spent most of his time as a left wing back. Along with those lineup notes, Barry Sharifi appeared in the Loudoun lineup for the first time since undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in April.
Loudoun handled the first half after a poor first 45 last week, but were not able to find the back of the net, with the closest chance being a late first half shot by Robby Dambrot:
The second half found Charleston’s substitutes making a difference early in the half, and eventually one of those substitutes would make a difference as a miscommunication between DeShields and Meyer eventually resulted in the only goal of the night:
Let's take another look at Burke Fahling's career professional goal with a Diamonds Direct replay!— Charleston Battery (@Chas_Battery) June 9, 2021
Fahling opens up his Battery account after a sensational cross from Zeiko Lewis for the score ⚽️ #LDNvCHS | #CB93 #UpTheBattery pic.twitter.com/BebPq1Wbpu
Loudoun (1-4-0) begins a three-game road trip starting Friday as they play the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
USL Championship Regular Season - Game 5
Loudoun United FC 0
Charleston Battery 1 (Fahling 73)
Loudoun (343): Keegan Meyer; Michael DeShields (Landry Houssou 81), Timmy Mehl (C), Robby Dambrot; Logan Panchot (Barry Sharifi 56), Nicky Downs, Jeremy Garay, Jacob Greene (Tyler Gabarra 76); Ted Ku-DiPietro, Samson Sergi (Jovanny Bolivar 45), Darluis Paz (Massimo Ferrin 55)
Charleston (442): Joe Kuzminsky; Ben Di Rosa (Pat Hogan 65), Leland Archer, Jarad van Schaik (C), Logan Gdula; Geobel Perez Oquendo (Burkę Fahling 57), Robbie Crawford, Angelo Kelly-Rosales, Temilolua Adesodun (Dionysus Harmon 57); Zeiko Lewis, Nicque Daley (Joel Bunting 56)
Loudoun - Ku-DiPietro 90+5
Charleston - Kelly 67, Bunting 86