Defender Kyle Nelson is the latest to return to the Charleston Battery for the 2020 campaign.
Having notched 20 starts in his first season in Black and Yellow, Nelson started 2019 in poor form as he got himself acclimatized to the professional game, having joined the Battery from Wofford College, but the experience that came from being forced into the lineup due to injuries to other key players was what eventually earned him the team’s Newcomer of the Year award.
In those 20 appearances, he played over 1500 minutes, providing width to the Battery’s play to supplement the narrow midfield. He provided two game winning assists along the way, and started both of the Battery’s two playoff games.
Nelson now completes a full backline of returnees, after Jarad van Schaik, Leland Archer, and AJ Paterson were all announced previously.
In 2020, Nelson will be looking to use the experience gained from a tough first year as a pro to kick on, hoping that the raw talent he showed will be more fine tuned with that first year behind him.
The Charleston Battery’s 2020 campaign begins on March 8 away to Atlanta United II. They open up their new home on March 28, against Philadelphia Union II.