Here is the roster of players that the Battery currently has on their website:
- Brandon Massie
- Nicki Paterson
- Zack Prince
- Keith Wiggins
- Mike Zaher
With the Tommy Heinemann up with the Columbus Crew, Lamar Neagle looking like he is going to be going back to the Seattle Sounders and Levi Coleman the only forward listed. I imagine the Battery will be looking for a couple forwards. Replacing a striking duo like Heinemann and Neagle isn't going to be easy. An experience striker along with one or two younger ones to add to Coleman would seem in order.
Midfield seems about the same as last season except for the departure of Ian Fuller, who will be an assistant coach with the Orlando City SC and Mayard who is back with Montreal. Gueye and Armstrong are solid. Gruenewald looked good in preseason last year but an injury nagged him until late in the season. Massie and Prince both improved as the season progress. New boy Nicki Paterson has proved he can play at this level and should be another solid addition to the midfield. I still think a player or two to deepen the roster would be nice as the season is long and injuries are always likely.
Defense is another area we could use some beefing up. Zaher coming back would be great. But he is currently on trial in Norway. Bermudez didn't get the minutes I thought he deserved and thought he was out of contract as he is now living in Alaska. Marples is solid in the central defense. Wilson shoes will be hard to fill as his experience was a huge factor. Colin Falvey is playing in New Zealand, and according to reports, still has an option to play with the Battery this season but hasn't decided yet if he will.
Wiggins was dogged with injury last season but even if healthy I'm sure another keeper is high on Auggie's list.
Now here is where things get tricky.
If you haven't been following the ever twisting saga that is Division 2 soccer in the North America, the US Soccer Federation, revoked NASL provincial sanctioning label. NASL, made up of Montreal Impact, Carolina Railhawks, Minnesota Stars, Miami FC, FC Tampa Bay, Edmonton FC and the Puerto Rico Islanders was given until Feb 11 to get their affairs in order and could resubmit the bid.
IF the USSF doesn't change their minds about NASL sanctioning, it would create a very interesting dilemma for those clubs. Without sanctioning, the league could go ahead as a "Rogue League" but players, refs, coach would be banned from FIFA events. The likely hood of any players doing this are slim as there are serious repercussion for them.
Another option would be to not bid for D2 sanctioning but apply for D3 status. Aaron Davidson, CEO of NASL, said pretty much its D2 or bust for them so that doesn't seem to be an option.
The third option is for the teams and league to fold. If this happens, there could be dozens of players looking for a team.
I imagine we won't be seeing too much movement from the Battery until this ordeal is finished. I imagine the Battery has its eye on a few players it would like to bring in; from the combine and trials, from MLS rosters, to overseas players and from other teams, and are waiting to pounce the minute the USSF decision is made.