The Injury Report
GOOD NEWS: Defensive midfielder Amadou Sanyang has been sidelined since March 30th with a concussion, but he’s no longer showing symptoms and has returned to training. The club is taking care not to rush him back too early, and will check how he feels again tomorrow after scrimmaging today. But as of Wednesday afternoon he appears on track to make his season debut Saturday.
THE BAD NEWS: Offensive spark plug Jose Cuevas’ hamstring isn’t recovered enough to return to full training and it looks likely he’ll be held out of the Pittsburgh match.
THE CHECK-BACK LATER NEWS: Saturday’s Man of the Match, Ben Fisk, has been held out of training the past three days with a recurring but unspecified ailment that Coach Mike Ahaeuser said the staff is still trying to diagnose. “Ben is OK, but he’s got a little something that he’s picked up after a few of the games he’s played, and we’re trying to find out what it is. He’s probably OK to play, but it’s something that’s been coming back, so we just want to monitor it. He can play with it — you saw that Saturday… but it’s a long season. You don’t want something to turn into four-to-six weeks because you pushed them.”
Quniton Griffith also sat out Wednesday after his hamstring tightened up in practice on Tuesday. “(Trainer Bobby Weisenberger) wanted to be a little cautious, so he should be OK. But you never know.”
There were enough players being held out of today’s training that Anhaeuser shortened the field for scrimmages and the team scrimmaged 9-v.-9.
Adjetey in the mix
Ghanaian footballer Emmanuel Adjetey, is the newest arrival on the roster, showing up on loan from Vancouver during the week before the Richmond match. Though his loan paperwork is in order, Adjetey had to sit out the Antigua game while the club waited for his work visa to be completed. Anhaeuser said the visa got approved Tuesday, and now it’s simply a matter of when the documents will make through the U.S. Postal Service it to the front office before Saturday.
If he’s available, where will he play?
“He’s definitely left-footed, and very technically sound with the left,” Anhaeuser said. “I think he’s a natural left back, but I think he could probably play on the left wing.”
Adjetey — or “Jetty,” as his Charleston teammates apparently now call him — played at the left back spot in today’s scrimmages. A product of Vancouver’s Ghanaian talent pipeline (think Gershon Koffie), he showed enough in his winter trial in British Columbia that Coach Martin Rennie wanted to see more.
Thomas to Detroit
Trialist Chris Thomas, a forward out of Elon College, was the other late-preseason arrival in Battery camp after being drafted and released by the New England Revolution. Apparently the odds against him making the squad were always fairly long.
Still, the Battery staff saw enough in his few performances that the club made an effort to find him a place with the Palmetto FC Bantums, a PDL team in Columbia. That effort fell apart sometime between the Richmond and Antigua games, and Thomas left for Michigan to play for the Michigan Bucks.
“They’re a pretty good club that’s been around for a while, and I know the owners up there, and he’s going to be in a good situation,” Anhaeuser said. last week. “It’s pretty close to as professional as you can get in the PDL.
“He wasn’t really showing enough … to make it (here), but he has a record from his history in college as a goal scorer, and we’re going to keep tabs on him. I think he lost a little confidence from his battle with the old system. It does happen to players. But the good thing is he’s landed in a good place.”
J.C. Mack checks in
Another available player who isn’t in the team’s plans is 2011-12 Battery guy J.C. Mack. He was in town on Saturday, picked up his Championship ring in person and stood with his former teammates during the National Anthems. But apparently that’s as close as he’ll come to the club this season.
Mack was the last player released this spring by the NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies. Mack said both he and his agent hoped to work out a deal that would have returned him to Charleston after missing out with Tampa, but found no interest on the club’s part. He said he came to Charleston after getting a call from Antigua and promised to keep us posted on his moves. He wrote in on Tuesday.
“We are still in between talks with the New York Cosmos … Antigua and a few clubs in Asia. Currently I’m staying in shape for the quickly approaching move, playing with the Tampa Marauders (NPSL) and the Tampa Kickers… I should have some news in the next few weeks, but don’t count me out of the USL Pro season just yet!”
Today’s scrimmage had moments when things got a bit shovey and chirpy, and with three of the team’s best offensive weapons sitting this one out, the defenders seemed to have the edge throughout.
Highlights included an animated argument about whether a goal should have counted, Odisnel Cooper and Cody Ellison wrestling, Kevin “Godzilla” Klasila juggling three soccer balls rather impressively during the team’s cool-down, and starting midfielder Jared van Schaik demonstrating a unique “dual-wielding” water bottle technique.
The Battery host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Saturday.