In a move designed to expand their scouting reach throughout the South, the Charleston Battery signed formal partnerships with three PDL clubs. The Myrtle Beach Mutiny, South Georgia Tormenta, and Tri-Cities Otters will work with the Battery on player identification, youth camps, and other items.
South Georgia Tormenta’s owner Darin Van Tassell told Soccer Down Here:
“To have an affiliation with the USL’s Charleston Battery says so much about where we have come as a franchise thus far. The Battery brings an expertise, a tradition, and a platform of professionals working at the next level of the soccer pyramid. Our ability to affiliate with them allows Tormenta FC to enhance further our mission to give young professionals — both players and in the front office — a path to being a pro. I am convinced that the Battery and Tormenta will benefit greatly, and it is another example of how the USL and PDL see our futures intertwined.”
Charleston recently extended their affiliation with Atlanta United for the 2017 season and that link makes them very attractive to lower division partners. As Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser said:
“With our links to the MLS and the people we have coming to watch our games, you never know where these players might end up.”
Coast FA, the owners of the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, are excited about the opportunities that this partnership presents. Executive Director Heyward Gulledge said:
“This is huge news for our club because it creates a potential path for current Coast FA aspiring youth players to the PDL,USL and MLS. A Coast FA kid can now dream as a three year old playing in our McDonald’s Rec League to reach our country’s highest levels of soccer. I think the one thousand families at Coast FA will immediately become Charleston Battery fans.”
According to Myrtle Beach sporting director Pat Piscitelli, the Battery have agreed to a friendly match each year with the Mutiny as part of the partnership. Each club is also expected to send two players to Charleston’s 2017 trials this weekend.