Nico Rittmeyer, having played his entire career in Charleston, has signed a new, multi-year deal with the Charleston Battery to keep him in Black and Yellow for the foreseeable future.
Nico’s time in Charleston began as an 11 year old, taking a two hour trek from Savannah, GA to play at Summerville Soccer Club before SSC would eventually merge with the Battery to create the academy that honed his skills.
It was six years later, at 17, that Rittmeyer gained his first experience of pro Soccer in the 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup, which featured Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire, the latter of whom return this year.
In college, he originally went to the University of North Carolina before an injury led him to transfer back to his adopted city for his sophomore year at the College of Charleston. He played for the College for three seasons, including one semester under the tutelage of ex Battery coach Troy Lesesne, who will begin his first year as a professional manager with New Mexico United in the USL Championship’s Western conference.
Following his senior season, he was invited to the Battery’s trials, earning a contract while spending his rookie season as a role player.
His second season yielded much more action, with four goals and four assists in 32 appearances and 26 chances created, helping the team to their 11th consecutive playoff berth.
And so, eight years after his first Carolina Challenge Cup, he takes the field this year as a player with his feet under him and his future secure.
The Battery play their second game of the preseason against FC Cincinnati on night one of the 2019 Carolina Challenge Cup.
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