During his first two years with the Battery, Quinton Griffith established himself as as a high-speed, two-footed soccer star, with athleticism and personality to burn. The question wasn’t whether he could play, but the best place to play him.
After acquiring Griffth from the now-defunct Antigua Barracuda (where he played 39 games and scored three goals) in 2013, Coach Mike Anhaeuser played him almost exclusively as a wide midfielder. The experiment was mixed, with quality play but limited production. In 2014, as left back John Wilson headed into retirement, Anhaeuser re-deployed Griffith primarily as a fullback. The move was controversial, but by season’s end the results were excellent.
During the offseason, the Antigua and Barbuda National Team named Griffith its captain and he led them through a successful Caribbean Cup run – with Anhaeuser watching from the stands in Jamaica. The experience added a new dimension to Griffith’s game, Anhaeuser observed.
Griffith started 2015 at fullback playing like an MVP candidate, but injured his knee in April and underwent surgery. He returned to action in late June, primarily as a midfielder but flashing signs that he would soon return to the form that made him a top MLS prospect.