Loudoun United is still looking for its first win at its newly opened Segra Field complex after losing 2-1 to Charleston Battery on Wednesday night.
Loudoun spotted Charleston a two-goal lead before finally scoring at the 77th minute on a goal by Orlando Sinclair.
Team leaders lamented a slow start in the match.
“I think we came out slow with a lack of commitment in the first half,”Head CoachRyan Martin said. “I think tonight is a lesson andthe response on Saturday will show how the team will pull together and decide to get over this mountain. They will work on winning individualduels and making sure they areready to compete. When we do play really good ball it shows and these guys have the talent to play really good ball together.”
“We started a bit slow tonight, and Charleston really capitalized on that. I thought the second half we responded well but couldn’t follow through to equalize,” said Captain Kyle Murphy.
Murphy agreed that he expects a better performance when United returns to the field on Saturday to face the Ottawa Fury FC at 7:30 p.m.
“I think that having games in a quick turn around is a good thing. You can’t dwell on this game, you have to prepare and refocus to Ottawa on Saturday. We have to have a better mentality, this is the time we really need to pick it up to fight for playoffs,” Murphy said.
After selling more than 5,000 tickets for last week’s debut atSegra Field, Wednesday’s announced attendance was 1,012.
Tickets for Saturday’s match are available through Ticketmaster.
Loudoun United, 5-10-5, is in 14th place in the USL Championship’s Eastern Division and is 0-1-1 at its home stadium.