UPDATE: Vancouver says Marlon Ramirez also recalled. Ramirez did not make this weekend’s travel roster, and has only one appearance in the regular season — a 60-minute start last week at Rochester. dc
Turns out that traveling roster I reported in the weekend preview wasn’t quite accurate.
Defender Jackson Farmer‘s 19th birthday present from his home club wound up being a surprise recall to Vancouver Thursday night in advance of the Whitecaps Canadian Championship date with Toronto F.C. on Wednesday.
Farmer has appeared in four regular season matches as a combination right back/center back for the Battery since arriving on loan in February, including three 90-minute starts. I have no information on the intended duration of the call-up yet. Farmer, who arrived in Vancouver on Friday and trained with the first team on Saturday, said Saturday night that he had not been told, either.
(Update: Battery Coach Mike Anhaeuser said Sunday that Farmer’s recall was related to the Whitecaps’ first-team roster being thinned by injuries.)
The move by the Whitecaps left the Battery in a tough spot. The team had planned to set out by bus Friday morning to Harrisburg and Dayton with Farmer and 19 other players, a squad that gave the team six defenders to rotate across two weekend matches separated by one travel/rest day. That sixth man is important for Charleston, since Anhaeuser has traditionally rested 36-year-old left back John Wilson in the second matches of weekend road trips.
But with Farmer leaving for Canada as the rest of the team left for Pennsylvania, what little depth the Battery had on defense evaporated. Defenders Wilson, Colin Falvey, Shawn Ferguson and Quinton Griffith played the entire match at Harrisburg Friday, leaving do-it-all defender Taylor Mueller in reserve. He subbed on for defensive mid Amadou Sanyang in the 85th minute.
Charleston takes on an improved Dayton Dutch Lions squad tonight at 7 p.m. at Beavercreek High School. It’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll see Eric Shannon in goal, with Mueller on the right, Griffith replacing Wilson out left, and Falvey and Ferguson in the middle. Forward Heviel Cordoves didn’t get an appearance at Harrisburg — his first non-appearance of the year — and so you gotta figure he’ll get the start, possibly with Adam Mena as his strike partner. Midfielder Jarad van Schaik got a break after 75 minutes on Friday, and will likely be joined in tonight’s lineup by Aminu Abdallah (if healthy) and Maikel Chang. Rookie winger Dante Marini might be in line to make his first professional start, and should, at the least, get his third appearance.
Wilson could be added to tonight’s 18 as an emergency player. And midfielders Zach Prince and van Schaik have some experience at fullback.
“Time for these boys to tough it out,” Falvey said Sunday morning. “I’ve been doing it for years, and if my body can take it, then they will have no problems.”