Charleston Battery News Release - www.charlestonbattery.com
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
CHARLESTON, SC -- The Charleston Battery has signed veteran defender John Wilson for the 2010 season. Wilson returns to Charleston for a seventh season, he joined the Battery as a rookie in 1999 and returned to Charleston in 2008 after playing for Major league Soccer’s DC United. Wilson is the last remaining player on the squad from the Battery’s 2003 USL-1 Championship winning team.
Charleston Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser said, “It is great to get John on board for the 2010 season, he will add tremendous experience and leadership to our backline. John has been one of our steadiest defensive players on the field and I know the fans will be excited to see him back for another successful season.”
Wilson played in 25 games logging 2061 minutes in 2009 and was part of a Battery defense that conceded only 21 goals. His career Battery totals include 171 games played (3rd all-time) with one goal and eight assists.
A native of Seneca, SC, Wilson began his pro career with the Charleston Battery in 1999. After an outstanding rookie season Wilson joined Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards in 2000. Wilson returned to the Battery in 2001 and spent three seasons with the Club including 2003 when he was a member of the Championship winning team.
In 2004 Wilson moved to the Rochester Rhinos then a year later was signed by Major League Soccer’s DC United. After three years with DC United Wilson rejoined the Battery before the start of the 2008 season.
Wilson, 5-9, 170 lbs., 32 yrs., had an outstanding college career at Clemson University and was named All-ACC in 1997 and 1998. He played in 57 matches for the Tigers and scored 18 goals and added 35 assists in his career. Wilson helped Clemson to an ACC Championship, #1 national ranking and Final Eight NCAA finish in 1998.
Season Opener versus Charlotte Eagles – Saturday, April 17
The Charleston Battery visit the Charlotte Eagles this Saturday (April 17) in the season opener (7:30 PM, 1450 AM / charlestonbattery.com). The Battery’s first home game is set for the following Saturday, April 24 versus the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island. Home Opener 2010 is presented by MUSC and includes post-game fireworks.
Single game tickets are on sale now starting at just $10; for directions, information or to purchase tickets visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call the Battery Box Office at 843-971-GOAL (4625).