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Charleston Battery announce open trial dates

By Sarah Cardamone, 12/14/16, 5:30PM EST

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Coach Anhaeuser and John Wilson deliberating during the 2015 open trials

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Battery coaching staff will welcome unsigned prospects to MUSC Health Stadium for two Battery Player Trials on January 27-28 and February 10-11, the club announced Wednesday. The trials are open to all players pursuing a career in professional soccer.

“We get lots of inquiries from players who want to play for the Battery, and bringing them in to scrimmage  with some of our guys is a good way to evaluate their talent,” Battery Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser said. “Most won’t make the team, obviously, but we invite the best to come back for our combine, and some earn spots on our roster.”

“We’ve found some very good players through this process over the years, including some who went on to sign with other professional teams, too. If we find someone with talent, we’ll do our best to help them sign a professional contract whether it’s with us or somewhere else. I think for most of them, it’s a valuable experience regardless of whether they wind up signing a USL contract that season.”

Registration is $150 for either of the two-day trials at MUSC Health Stadium.

To register, fill out the online form here: Trials Registration 

It is recommended that interested players register now as participation in each trial is capped. With a capped number, all players will be under the close attention of Battery coaches and staff for the duration of the trials.

The two-day trials begin with sign-in and orientation at 1:00 p.m. on the first day. The players participate in small sided games for the entirety of day one, which wraps up around 5:00 p.m. Day two includes full sided matches and runs from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Returning Battery players typically participate in the scrimmages.

Coach Anhaeuser and the technical staff have signed at least one player from every trial since they started in 2002. The most successful player to emerge from Charleston Battery Open Trials was Jose Cuevas (2012) who earned Rookie of the Year honors in his first year with the team.

The stadium will be open for the event, spectators are welcome, and there is no charge to attend.