Charleston, SC. The Charleston Battery has signed five players from its 2003 player trials. The Battery held three weeks of invitation-only trials with over one hundred attendees in all. The trials featured local players, recently graduated college players and professionals. The players came from as far away as the UK, India, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand for a chance to earn a contract with the Battery.
Charleston Battery Head Coach, Chris Ramsey,
“Putting the trials together took a lot of hard work and I’d like to thank in particular my assistant Mike Anhaeuser and Battery Administrative Assistant, Kate Woodside. They were both very active in ensuring that everything went smoothly throughout the whole process.”
“As far as I am concerned, the trials have been very successful. Over 100 hundred players participated, with an even greater number of unsuccessful applicants who were not selected to take part in the trials. After the final selection process, Mike and I have been able to pick five players to add to our squad for the 2003 season.”
Defender Fred DeGand, 23, arrives at the Battery after splitting the 2002 season between the Cincinnati Riverhawks and the Hampton Roads Mariners. DeGand spent his rookie season in 2001 as a member of the A-League runner-up Hershey Wildcats where he was a teammate of Steve Klein.
A native of Chicago, IL, DeGand was a four-year starter at Bowling Green State University. He was named 1st team all MAC in 2000, his senior year.
Defender / midfielder, David Lara, 22, joins the Battery after spending his first professional year with the 2002 A-League champions, the Milwaukee Rampage. Lara played 23 games for the Rampage recording two assists. 5 of his games played came in the post-season including the A-League Championship match where he played all 106 minutes of Milwaukee’s OT victory.
A native of Chicago IL, Lara was a four-year starter at Bradley University. Lara graduated with a degree in English Literature.
Goalkeeper, Chris Doyle, 24 comes to Charleston for his first professional season. Doyle was a four-year starter at the University of Hartford. In 2001 Hartford progressed to the NCAA tournament but lost on PK’s in the 1st round.
A native of Dublin, CA, Doyle graduated with a degree in Communications.
Midfielder / forward, Chris Goos, 22, joins the Battery for his rookie professional season. The Houston TX native was a four-year starter at UNCG. In 2002, Goos was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year after leading the conference in scoring with 20 goals, including five game-winning goals, and 20 assists for 60 points. His 20-20 season makes Goos just the 25th player in NCAA history to reach the milestone.
Blair Scoullar joins the Battery from German side ASV Cham. A native of New Zealand the 23 year old midfielder has also played for Dunedin Technical AFC (New Zealand).
Scoullar has represented New Zealand at the full National Team level, for the U23′s (Olympic Development Squad) and the U20 National Team where he was the team captain. Scoullars’ transfer is subject to international clearance.
Charleston Battery Players Signed So Far: Chris Bagley, Jamar Beasley, Ted Chronopoulos, Paul Conway, Linval Dixon, Fred DeGand, Seamus Donnelly, Chris Doyle, Chris Goose, Josh Henderson, Dusty Hudock, Steve Klein, David Lara, Andrew Lewis, Barry Moore, Terry Phelan, Blair Scoullar, Rick Titus,
Ryan Trout, Mark Watson and John Wilson.
DC United Exhibition Tickets – Included in all 2003 Season Ticket Packages.
Tickets for the Major League Soccer exhibition match vs. DC United scheduled for Saturday, March 29 are on sale now. Prices range from $6 – $12. Season ticket holders and fans that purchase season tickets before March 29, will receive complimentary tickets to the game. Season ticket packages for the entire 2003 season begin at $90 or $300 for a family pack of four tickets. To purchase game tickets, season tickets or for more information please call the Charleston Battery ticket hotline, (843) 971-4625 or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
Charleston Battery Pre-Season Schedule
The Charleston Battery will play six pre-season matches before its 2003 home opener on April 26 vs. the Montreal Impact. All games are played at Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island except the April 5th match vs. the Wilmington Hammerheads. There is no admission charge for the games played at Blackbaud Stadium except for the MLS Exhibition vs. DC United.
Day Date Time Opponent
Sat March 22nd 3:00 pm College of Charleston
Wed March 26th 6:00 pm UNCC
Sat March 29th 7:30 pm DC United
Wed April 2nd 6:00 pm Wake Forest
Sat April 5th 7:30 pm Wilmington Hammerheads (AWAY)
Sat April 12th 7:30 pm Coastal Carolina