Up in the pub, season ticket holders were given a free drink and a nice selection of hor d'erves to start the night out. After the team had showered, they were introduced by Battery president, Andrew Bell and Head Coach Mike Anhaueser.
Auggie first introduced the returning players. Stephen Armstrong has taken up the roal of player/assistant coach and will be formally announced once his visa has cleared. Jon Gruenwald was present and recovering from his hernia operation and looks to return in about four weeks for him. Also there was Mike Zaher who had been on trial in Finland. Things didn't work out for Zaher there but he is happy about coming back to Charleston. Also present were Brandon Maisse, Zach Prince, Keith Wiggins, and Kevin Jackson
Still not present were Cole peverly and Nikki Patterson who were both waiting on visas but may feature as soon as middle of the Carolina Challenge Cup. Colin Falvey who was still in New Zealand and Levi Coleman who is playing indoor. No mention of Alioune Gueye tonight.
The trialist were then introduced and we didn't get all the names but some of the highlights were USL combine standout Luke Mullholand, College of Chalreston alumni Sean Bateau, Sean Flatley, and Kareem Yearwood . A lively looking attacking midfielder Jose Cuevas as well as Alex Casskey, Mark Wiltse from the University of South Carolina, and Geroge Davis, who did well during the combine.
On the Goalkeeper side, former Chicago Fire keeper, Andrew Dykstra is in camp. There were a few more names I missed but overall it looks like a good group of players and they all seemed excited about playing.
|The new-look Battery jersey features three |
stars over the logo and revamped sponsor logo
Johnny then said a few words about feeling he still can contribute to the Battery and was excited to be coming back. After a few obvious Brett Favre jokes he thanked everyone for their support. A player like Wilson brings so much more than just his talent to a young team. As a respected veteran, he can mentor a young player immensly and will can only help a team.
As the Battery faithful left the pub, Toronto FC were out on the main pitch for a light training session. Saturday just can't come soon enough!
No Quarter will bring you regular updates throughout the Carolina Challenge Cup.