Dane Kelly arrived in Charleston on loan from Tivoli Gardens FC of the Jamaican Premier League in 2011 with tons of pace and raw talent. Capitalizing on that raw talent, Dane has evolved from a teenage role player to mature attacking menace over the past five seasons with the Battery.
Kelly has always had a nose for goal, netting six in both of his first two seasons in the USL and hitting double digits in 2013 (11) and 2014 (10). The Jamaican’s electrifying pace, scoring ability, and dynamic attacking movement cause opposing defenders major headaches and make him a fan favorite. Dane was voted team MVP in 2014, a season in which he finished seventh in the league in scoring with 10 goals and earned a spot on the all-league first team.
Kelly led the Battery in scoring in 2013 and 2014 and is the team’s current leading goal scorer. Dane’s nine USL goals account for almost a third of the Battery’s league goals; no other Battery player has scored more than four this season. Dane has earned Team of the Week honors six times in 2015 (four first team, two reserve). Adding to his scoring ability, Kelly has improved in possession and has become a complete center forward. The Jamaican is the lynchpin of Coach Anhaeuser’s 2015 attack.
Updated on 08/12/2015