Kierron Mason and Jay Bolt are the latest to be announced for the Charleston Battery’s 2020 roster.
Mason made a mark in midfield in the US Open Cup during his first year, before an injury sustained against Atlanta United in the Cup’s fourth round kept him sidelined for the majority of the second half of the season. That being said, the ball-winning qualities he displayed in his minimal appearances last season may indicate that he will be expected to fill the void left by Tah Brian Anunga‘s departure to Nashville.
Jay Bolt established himself as a stalwart two-way full back having arrived in Charleston in 2018, pushing Naveal Hackshaw for minutes and was eventually in line for a bigger role in the following season, after Hackshaw joined Indy Eleven. However, like Mason, injury blighted his second year in Black and Yellow, and the stop-start nature of his campaign meant that he was unable to kick on from an impressive 2018.
As both players struggled on the sideline in the previous season, the goal for 2020 will be simple: To get minutes under their belt and help the team toward another playoff berth, and perhaps beyond. With the rest of the group of returning players, the pair will no doubt see this goal as attainable, and time will tell if they can discover their previous good form.
The Battery begin their regular season on March 8 with a trip to Atlanta United II, they open their home schedule against Philadelphia Union II on March 28.