Saturday, March 24, 2012

Battery add Pair of Keepers

Alec Kann and Kevin Klasila were announced by the Charleston Battery as the clubs latest signings.

Kann a four year starter at Clint Dempsey's alma mata Furman University, stands at 6' 4".

Klasila from Santa Clara University has a great personality.  He made a point of speaking with many of the fan that were at the Battery meet and greet just prior to the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Kann has been getting the starts and most time during the few preseason matches we have witnessed.  Klasila had an inauspicious start with the Battery after giving up a soft goal during the Carolina Challenge Cup when a powerful shot from then DC United now Battery trialist Ryan Richter went through his hands.  other than that he has looked solid.

Best of luck to both players and welcome to Charleston!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Battery Sign Forward Salieu Bundu

The Charleston Battery announced they have signed forward Salieu Bundu.  Bundu spent the 2011 season on loan with the Charlotte Eagles from the Carolina Railhawks.

Bundu fled his homeland of Sierre Leone to Guinea on foot when he was 15 after his father had been murdered by rebels. His brother won a lottery for a green card for the US shortly after which allowed him to settle in America.

Bundu started his career in 2008 with the Cleveland City Stars and then joined the Carolina Railhawks in 2009 where he stayed until his loan to the Eagles in 2011.

Bundu has been on trial since the Carolina Challenge Cup where he made an impact for the Battery by drawing the foul that set up the 89th minute penalty that was converted, giving the Battery a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew.

The Battery take on Coastal Carolina away tonight but are back at the 'Baud Saturday where they take on the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Best of luck Salieu!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Battery Win Pair of Preseason Matches

The Charleston Battery defeated the College of Charleston and Clemson University in a pair of preseason matches yesterday at Blackbaud Stadium.

In the first match of the day, Charleston took on the College of Chalreston and won from a goal from Battery trialist Matt Kassel.

The Battery started mostly signed players in the first match. The Battery controlled large portions of the game with the College of Charleston mostly trying to score from quick counter attacks that rarely bothered the Battery keeper.

Rumored to be coming to Charleston, former Seattle Sounder player, Amadou Sanyang did indeed appear and played the entire match.  He looked to fit in well in the defensive midfield role.

In the second Charleston match of the day, the Battery beat Clemson University 2-0.  Goals from Charlie Romero and Moses Aduny gave the Battery the win.   The Battery played this match with mostly unsigned players with exception on Sean Flatley, JC Mack and Zack Prince who played right back.  One player that really stood out was Ryan Richter who most recently was on a two month trial with DC United and scored for United against Charleston in the Carolina Challenge Cup.  He did well controlling the right side of midfield for the Battery making several nice runs and delivering some nice crosses.

Bookending the two Battery matches,  the College of Charleston defeated Clemson University 1-0.

Next up for the Battery is a preseaon match against Wilmington Hammerheads Saturday Mach 24.  Time of kickoff is currently set for 4pm at Blackbaud stadium .

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2012 and 20 years Strong

We haven't gone away, just hibernating over the winter months but now that the weather is turning nice we are waking up from our slumber and are hungry for some live soccer!

The Battery is coming together for the 2012 season.  Gone to MLS are Andrew Dykstra and Alex Caskey.  Mike Zaher has moved on to the Rochester Rhinos but coming back are Nicki Paterson, Colin Falvey, Sean Flatley, JC Mack, Mark Wiltse, Zack Prince and from the look of things, Dane Kelly and John Wilson.

New boys to the team include defender Kyle Hoeffer from FC New York and midfielder Jose Cuevas from PDL's Fresno Fuego.  Both seem to have settled in nicely and we look forward to great season from both.

Look for more names to be added including a couple former MLS players.

In the mean time, head on down to Blackbaud to check out a pair of preseason matches this Saturday, March 17.  At 10am the Battery take on Clemson University and then at 2pm the boys will take on the College of Charleston.

Look for some big things off the pitch as well.  The Regiment in the process of producing a huge new banner for E10, organizing a bus trip to Wilmington on Aug 4th and producing a limited run of 20 anniversary scarves!

Up the Battery