Battery adds three local players to roster

Charleston, SC.  The Charleston Battery has added three players to its roster prior to the start of the USL PRO season.  Midfielder Zach Prince returns to the Battery for a fourth season while defender Shawn Ferguson and forward Austin Savage arrive for their rookie pro seasons pending 032313 PrinceUSSF approval.

Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser said “Zach, Shawn and Austin all bring a local flavor to the Battery. Prince comes back for his fourth season to give us midfield depth while rookies Ferguson and Savage help solidify our defensive and offensive ranks”.

A native of Columbia, SC Zach Prince has won two USL championships with the Charleston Battery in 2010 and 2012.  Prince has played 64 games for the Battery with two goals and two assists.

Prince 6-0, 175 lbs., 25 yrs., was a four-year starter with the College of Charleston and attended Irmo High School in Columbia, SC.

Defender Shawn Ferguson played four years at the College of Charleston after attending Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC.  Ferguson, 6-3, 175 lbs., 22 yrs., impressed at the Charleston Battery player trials and featured for the Battery on trial during the Carolina Challenge Cup tournament.

Forward Austin Savage joins the Battery after playing four years at Clemson University.  A native of Summerville, SC Savage 5-9, 175 lbs., 21 yrs., attended Stratford High School where he scored a school record 113 goals.

While he was at Stratford High School Savage also played for the Charleston Battery’s affiliate USSF Development Academy team, Bridge FA from 2007-09 coached by Academy Director Clark Brisson and becomes the first Battery Academy player to sign a full pro contract with the Charleston Battery.

Battery to open USL PRO season in Richmond, VA
The Charleston Battery will open the defense of its USL PRO championship in Richmond, VA with a match versus long-time rival the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, April 13; kick off is set for 7:00 PM.

The Charleston Battery home opener is set for Saturday, April 20 vs. Antigua Barracuda FC at Blackbaud Stadium.  Gates open at 6 PM – kick off 7:30 PM ($10 – $18, 843-971-4625 / www.charlestonbattery.com).