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One in, one out in latest Battery roster news

Midfielder Angelo Kelly will return in 2020 for the Charleston Battery, but 2019 starting Goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky has joined Israeli side Maccabi Haifa on loan for the season.

Angelo Kelly played a key role last campaign, as he took on more minutes and became an enforcer in midfield, largely in the absence of Vincenzo Candela.

His role will now be even bigger with the departure of Tah Brian Anunga to Nashville SC, and now he’ll be looking to kick on from an important second year in his development.

Joe Kuzminsky is headed to Israel to join Maccabi Haifa on loan for the season.

He kept eight clean sheets for the Black and Yellow in 2019, which was no easy feat consideringconstant change in the cast of characters in front of him.

Five of his clean sheets came between September and November of the last campaign, proving him to be perhaps the most important player down the stretch for his team, in a run that included two saves that ended up winning him the USL Championship Save of the Year.

It remains to be seen what 2020 holds, but with the loss of three key players ahead of the new campaign, many questions will be asked of the ones who remain. With all that said, 2020 looks to be shaping up to be an important year for the Battery in more ways than one.

The Battery begin the regular season on February 8 against Atlanta United II, and open their new stadium at Patriots Point on February 28 against Philadelphia Union II.

TOP IMAGE: ANGELO KELLY GOES UP FOR A HEADER IN 2019. ROSS ALMERS PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO

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