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Battery Bolster Back Line Ahead of 2019 Season

By Evan Peters, 03/07/19, 4:00PM EST


Kyle Nelson (left) and AJ Paterson (right) join the Battery for the 2019 season

The Charleston Battery have added Kyle Nelson and AJ Paterson to the roster ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season. The Battery boasted one of the best defensive records in the USL in 2018 and look to be even more dominant with the additions of Nelson and Paterson.

Kyle Nelson joins the Battery after a four-year playing career at Wofford College. Nelson was an important anchor in the Wofford defensive unit starting in all thirty-seven matches over the course of his freshman and sophomore years.

In 2016, as a sophomore, Nelson scored six times for the Terriers including three game-winning goals to go along with one assist. Nelson finished his Wofford career with ten goals and one assist. He finished Second Team All-Southern Conference in 2016 and First Team All-Southern Conference in 2018. Nelson sits eighth in all-time appearances for Wofford at 73 games played.

Prior to his playing career at Wofford College, Nelson led his Cedar Ridge High School to a district and regional championship following an 18-6 regular season record. He played club soccer with Lonestar USSDA.



Name: Kyle Nelson

Number: 3

Position: Defender

Height: 6-2

D.O.B: 1/7/97

Age: 22

Hometown: Austin, TX

Previous club/college: Wofford College


Paterson joins the Battery following a successful collegiate career at Wright State.

Paterson most recently played for USL Championship side Bethlehem Steel FC in 2018. Prior to joining Bethlehem, Paterson was selected by New York City FC in the second round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

While at Wright State Paterson made 76 appearances for the Raiders, starting all eighteen matches in 2017. During that season, Paterson scored seven goals including a hat-trick against the University of Cincinnati.

Paterson's offensive contributions spanned the course of his entire college career racking up a total of fifteen goals and seven assists in four seasons. He has collected a number of various accolades including First Team All-Horizon League and Horizon League Player of the Year.

Paterson also received his first international call up to the Grenada National Team in October of 2018 prior to the country's CONCACAF Nations League qualifier against Cuba.



Name: AJ Paterson

Number: 20

Position: Defender

Height: 6-1

D.O.B: 1/31/96

Age: 23

Hometown:  Key Largo, FL

Previous club/college: Bethlehem Steel FC

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