The Battery’s 2013 pre-season camp officially got underway on Friday, and though training doesn’t “properly” start until next week, returning players and trialists have been training on Daniel Island “for a few days now,” Club President Andrew Bell said Friday morning.
Friday morning’s session under Coach Mike Anhaeuser featured two games of three-touch going on simultaneously, with 10 players in one group and eight in the other. Another three players jogged around the field and did some light drills on their own.
The club currently lists 11 players as being “on the team,” but coming up with a reliable count of players training with the squad can be tricky. “Some trialists come and go every day,” said Whitney Woods, Battery director of marketing. Among those on the field Friday was veteran defender John Wilson, who is listed on the team’s website roster, but not yet under contract.
Club training sessions are open to the public.
Here’s the club’s take on opening day, from the team’s nicely upgraded new website:
Charleston, SC — There are still plenty of unknowns so early in the year, but with pre-season camp just around the corner, Charleston Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser has high hopes for his 2013 squad.
“We are definitely going to see a few players back and a few new faces that will strengthen the team,” said Coach Anhaeuser.
Pre-season camp starts this Friday, February 8 and with 12 returning players, including Captain Colin Falvey and goal scorer Nicki Paterson, the Battery are potentially poised for another successful season. The rostered players will be joined by a handful of other talented players vying for the remaining spots on the team.
“Right now we are looking at about six to ten spots depending on our guys and depending on how we look at each position but it’s always important to have some flexibility,” Coach Anhaeuser noted.
As the team prepares for the Carolina Challenge Cup, coaches and players alike have their sites set on improving upon last year by winning the league and the championship. Although they won the USL Championship, the Battery came in 3rd in the league standings last year behind Rochester and Orlando respectively.
The Carolina Challenge Cup featuring Major League Soccer is set for February 16 – February 23 at Blackbaud Stadium. The Battery will open the tournament with a game against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, February 16 at 7:15PM. They will then battle the Chicago Fire on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:15PM and finish up the competition on Saturday, February 23 at 7:15PM as they take on the Houston Dynamo.
Tickets for the Carolina Challenge Cup featuring Major League Soccer are on sale now starting at just $15 with discounts available for groups of ten or more. Tickets are available for individual game days or for the entire series; to purchase tickets or for more information please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call (843) 971-GOAL (4625).