When Mike Anhaeuser spotted forward Dane Kelly tearing around the Jamaican Premier League in 2010, he was a fast, skinny teenager. In his first season on loan to Charleston from Tivoli Gardens in 2011, he rewarded Anhaeuser with six goals. He basically repeated those numbers in 2012, helping the Battery to their improbable 2012 Championship as a role player.
The Kelly who returned to Charleston for the 2013 season was a major upgrade. The 22-year-old model had added two inches of height and serious muscle, not to mention steadily developing skills. After a decent start, he missed three games with injury. The Battery went 0-1-2 without him, and didn’t heat up again until the second half of the season, when he scored 8 of his team-high 11 goals. He was slow to warm up in 2014, too, but scored three in the season finale to make double digits for the second year in a row. Charleston named him its MVP, and USL put him on its All-League first team.
Fifth-year Kelly is a complete forward and Charleston’s leading goal producer, scoring left-footed, right-footed, with his head, from distance or up-close.