The Charleston Battery regrouped Tuesday on their familiar Blackbaud Stadium training ground as the team recovered from its 2/24 weekend and prepared for a long bus trip to Pennsylvania and Ohio that departs Thursday.
Coach Mike Anhaeuser lead the practice, assisted by goalkeepers coach Dusty Hudock and athletic trainer Bobby Weisenberger.
Every player on the squad turned out for the session, which featured passing drills, a controlled scrimmage, and a three-lane finishing drill. The best news of the day is that each player who came into this week with an injury/health question participated in full training. That includes striker Omar Salgado, who played 87 minutes this weekend in his return from missing three weeks with a toe injury, forwards Dane Kelly and Mamadou Diouf, who both the Pittsburgh/Rochester trip with slight injuries picked up in training last week, midfielder Michael Kafari, who is still looking to make his pro debut after a knee issue, and midfielder Amadou Sanyang, who left the second half of the Pittsburgh match after picking up a bruise.
The weekend’s three iron men — defenders Taylor Mueller and Quinton Griffith and midfielder Jarad van Schaik — each played between 173 and 180 minutes. The staff had them sit out the scrimmage to help their legs recover.
There were anxious moments when starters Sanyang and Odisnel Cooper each when down after painful looking contact, but both shook off the pain and returned to the action. And though Sanyang appeared to be the man moving most gingerly, he also showed good passing and finishing touch during the scrimmage.
His backup, Aminu Abdallah, looked like he was cramping a bit.
The Battery will train again on Wednesday, and are expected to leave by bus for Harrisburg, Penn., on Thursday. They’ll play the City Islanders on Friday evening, but haven’t yet decided whether they’ll stay overnight in Pennsylvania or drive all night to get to Dayton, Ohio. It’s a roughly seven-hour trip of about 440 miles.
Charleston (0-2-4) has yet to score in three road matches this season, but will look to break that streak and find the team’s first win of 2014 at Harrisburg (1-2-1) and Dayton (2-2-1)
TOP IMAGE: Battery Coach Mike Anhaeuser doesn’t have a lot of time to get his points across this week. The Battery go back on the road on Thursday. Dan Conover photos.