On the eve of the Battery's 2019 USL Championship home opener, the club has added forward Arthur Bosua and goalkeeper Phil Breno to the roster. Bosua and Breno join a number of new players who have signed contracts with the Battery for the upcoming season.
Arthur Bosua joins the Battery following a four-year playing career at Columbia University. The 6-3 forward scored twenty-seven goals and added twelve assists for the Lions from 2014-2017. Bosua made fifteen appearances as a freshman starting twelve of those matches. During his freshman season, Bosua earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors twice finishing the year with two goals and two assists.
Bosua nearly doubled his point total in 2015 and had a breakout year in 2017, where he scored twelve goals and added five assists (all career highs). His senior year was highlighted by a four-goal effort against Harvard as he led the Lions to a 11-2-3 regular season record. Bosua was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, an award he won two years in a row (2016, 2017). In 2018 he was one of sixty players initially invited to the 2018 MLS Combine in Orlando.
Prior to playing soccer at Columbia University, Bosua attended Half Hollow Hills, receiving a varsity letter in football, soccer, and track and field. He played club soccer for Albertson Academy where he captained the U16 and U18 teams, scoring twenty and twenty-three goals respectively.
Name: Arthur Bosua
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Previous club/college: Columbia University
Phil Breno joins the Battery from William and Mary. Breno began his collegiate career at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC) before joining William and Mary his junior year (redshirt). At UMBC, Breno made nine appearances and finished with a 1.36 GAA which included a clean sheet against #7 Maryland.
Breno made an immediate impact after transferring to William and Mary starting twenty games in his first season. Breno finished the year with a 1.15 GAA and seven shutouts including back to back clean sheets against Liberty and Longwood.
Breno would improve on his stellar first season with the Tribe in his senior year. He ranked second amongst Colonial Athletic Association goalkeepers in shutouts, matching his previous years total, fourth in GAA (1.04), and seventh in saves (54).
Breno was a multisport athlete in high school and played club soccer for the Potomac Academy in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Name: Phil Breno
Hometown: Mount Airy, MD
Previous club/college: William and Mary
The Battery has also signed Trinidad midfielder Kieron Mason from W Connection FC of the TT Pro League.
Also returning to the Battery for the 2019 USL Championship season is goalkeeper Robert Beebe, midfielder Dante Marini, and defender O'Brian Woodbine.