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Charleston signs three additions

Charleston Battery News Release -

Thursday, February 25, 2010

CHARLESTON, SC -- The Charleston Battery has signed three players for the upcoming season. Defender Colin Falvey and midfielder Mark Briggs both played for the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2009, helping Wilmington to the USL-2 regular season championship. Midfielder Josh Bolton comes to the Battery after prior stints with the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Rochester Rhinos. All three players sign pending USSf approval.

Briggs has spent offseason in MaltaHead Coach Mike Anhaeuser commented “Both Colin Falvey and Mark Briggs bring a wealth of experience and quality to our defense and midfield. Both players had very productive seasons in 2009 leading the Wilmington Hammerheads to a divisional title and we look forward to the same success with the Battery in 2010.”

“Josh Bolton is a very solid player that will bring us size and experience in the midfield or the back as Josh can play in a few positions. Josh has done very well in Rochester and Atlanta and it is nice to have him on board for the 2010 season.”

“We are exited to have all three of these players in a Battery uniform.”

A native of Cork, Ireland, Colin Falvey began his professional career in 2004 with Cobh Ramblers in the League of Ireland he also played for Kilkenny City. In 2008 Falvey joined New Zealand’s Otago United, where he was club captain, coached by former Charleston Battery defender Terry Phelan.

Falvey, 6-1, 185 lbs., 24 yrs., joined the Wilmington Hammerheads prior to the start of the 2009 season. He played 15 games for Wilmington and was named to the USL-2 All League Second Team.

Midfielder Mark Briggs also spent the 2009 season with the Wilmington Hammerheads and is currently playing for Mosta of the Maltese First Division. Briggs, 6-1, 175 lbs., 28 yrs., is a native of Wolverhampton, UK and began his pro career with West Bromwich Albion.

Midfielder Josh Bolton comes to the Battery from the Atlanta Silverbacks. A native of Penfield, NY, Bolton played 28 games for the Silverbacks. He has also played for the Rochester Rhinos and the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Prior to turning pro, Bolton, 6-2, 180 lbs., 26 yrs., was a two-time All American at Williams College (Div III), Bolton also garnered NESCAC Player of the year honors in 2004 and 2005.

Carolina Challenge Cup
The Charleston Battery kicks off 2010 with a pre-season tournament featuring MLS champions Real Salt Lake March 13 – 20 at Blackbaud Stadium. DC United and Toronto FC also make return visits to the round-robin tournament. All three MLS teams will spend the week in Charleston, SC, training between the games as they prepare for the start of the Major League Soccer season.

Tickets for the 2010 Carolina Challenge Cup are on sale now with prices frozen at 2009 levels ($15 - $25, (843) 971-GOAL (4625) / www. Charleston Battery Season Ticket holders receive complimentary tickets to all three Carolina Challenge Cup doubleheaders.

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