Soccer fans joined in support of last week’s shooting victims in Charleston at Saturday’s United Soccer League match between the Charlotte Independence and Charleston Battery.
About $900 was raised for the victims’ families after collection buckets were passed around at the game at Ramblewood Soccer Complex. Flags were flown at half-staff and the game began with a moment of silence. Signs around the stadium – including “We Ride With Charleston” and “Stand With Charleston” – expressed support.
After the game (won by Charlotte 2-1), the teams’ two fans groups – Charlotte’s Jack’s Militia and Charleston’s Regiment – joined together in song. There were other expressions of support from other USL games Saturday.
One Charleston player, defender Forrest Lasso, posted his gratitude online. “We knew well in advance what a hostile environment we would be walking into,” wrote Lasso, a former player at Wofford. “However … supporters from both sides were able to put aside their club colors and unite as one. With more efforts similar to those in Charlotte (Saturday), I have faith.”