Hometown: Clifton, Virginia
College: UNC Charlotte
Daniel Kuzemka enters his second season with the Black and Yellow after re-signing following his 2022 rookie campaign.
Kuzemka made four appearances and tallied 13 saves in 2022. The shot-stopper recorded his first career professional shutout on August 31 against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, a 0-0 draw on the road.
The 24-year-old initially arrived in Charleston on a trial in the preseason that saw him between the pipes against Charlotte FC in the 2022 Breeze Airways™ Carolina Challenge Cup. He helped preserve the clean sheet in the 1-0 victory in a goalkeeper rotation with Joe Kuzminsky and Hugo Fauroux.
A native of Clifton, Virginia, Kuzemka played collegiately at Clemson University and UNC Charlotte.
Kuzemka appeared in five matches across three seasons with the Tigers before transferring to Charlotte. With the 49ers, Kuzemka blossomed into a formidable fixture, tallying 57 saves and four clean sheets during his senior season. The shot-stopper helped lead the 49ers to a berth into the 2021 NCAA Tournament and was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team prior to graduation.
In joining the Battery, Kuzemka reunites with former Charlotte teammate Patrick Hogan. The two shared the pitch for the 49ers during the abbreviated 2021 Spring season.