The Charleston Battery have announced two more players returning ahead of their new campaign, as striker Arthur Bosua and defender AJ Paterson will both enter their second seasons in Black and Yellow
Both were integral parts in the Battery’s machine in 2019, though initially began the year as substitutes before a mixture of injuries and bad form hit the side in a big way with around a third of the season gone.
Bosua’s 6 goals was good enough for second within the team, only behind Zeiko Lewis, another returning player, who had 8. The striker is one that coach Mike Anhaeuser loves, a player able to use his strength to impose himself on defenders, winning aerial duels and playing in his teammates, but also marrying that with a great sense of balance, touch and a natural goalscoring ability.
AJ Paterson returns as well, having been deployed mostly as a full back or winger in 2019. That versatility made her an undeniable asset for the Black and Yellow in the last campaign, and for his country too, helping Grenada qualify for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be their first appearance in the competition in ten years.
Both players wrote themselves into Battery history in the last regular season match of 2019, scoring two goals each in an emphatic 5-1 win over the Bethlehem Steel in what was the final match ever played at MUSC Health Stadium, which also secured a place in the playoffs.
The pair will look to cause trouble again in 2020, when their home schedule begins against the same team they scored against to close 2019, now named Philadelphia Union II, and kick on from a solid first year in Charleston.
The Battery will begin preseason in a little over two weeks, before the season properly begins on March 8th with a trip to Atlanta United II. The aforementioned home opener with Philadelphia Union II will be on March 28.
TOP IMAGE: RETURNING PLAYERS AJ PATERSON, NICO RITTMEYER, ZEIKO LEWIS AND ARTHUR BOSUA CELEBRATE A GOAL IN THE FINAL MATCH AT MUSC HEALTH STADIUM. ROSS ALMERS PHOTO